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By Hadi Hidayat
National Sports Day, observed on August 29 which is the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, is when India honours its sporting heroes with the Arjuna Award and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
The legendary hockey player was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
He is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He had started playing hockey only after joining the Army at the age of 16.
He was famously known as ‘The Wizard’ for his superb ball control and had scored more than 1000 goals during his international career.
He is mostly remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning 3 Olympic gold medals in field hockey in 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).
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Here are some legends from Jammu and Kashmir State.
Parvaiz Rasool (Cricket)
Parvez Rasool became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to represent India in a One-Day International whenhe took the field against Bangladesh he hails from Bijbehara town of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Amir hussain (Cricket).
Amir Hussain Lone, the captain of Jammu and Kashmir Para Cricket team, has been selected to play for India in an upcoming cricket tournament to be played in Lucknow next month. He has become the second cricketer from J&K to play international cricket, after cricketer Parvez Rasool.
Interestingly, Rasool and Lone both hail from Bijbehara town of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Mehrajuddin Wadoo (Football).
Mehrajuddin Wadoo is an Indian football player from the state of Jammu and Kashmir who represents The Indian national team and Mumbai FC.
Basit and Asrar (Football)
Kashmir boys played Spanish football club Basit Ahmed and Mohammed Asrar Rehbar, both aged 18. will played with Sociedad Deportiva Lenense Proinastur a third division professional club from the LaLiga.
Nadia Nighat and Afshan Ashique (Female foot baller)
A19-year-old girl, Nadiya Nighat from the Rambagh area of Srinagar, has defied stereo types by becoming Kashmir’s first female football coach.
Afshan Ashique is a female football coach she has been playing football for the last five years and has been training over 30 girls under a state government initiative.
Tajamul Islam (Kickboxing)
Eight-year-old Tajamul Islam scripted history at The World Kickboxing Championship In Italy, where she made India and JK proud by becoming the first player ever from the sub-junior category to clinch a gold medal. 8 year old Kashmiri girl Tajamul Islam wins gold at World Kickboxing Championship of under-eight players in Italy.
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