Hockey Wizard Dhyan Chand has been nominated for the prestigious Gandhi Mandela Award to be held later this year. He is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He was known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932 and 1936, during an era where India dominated field hockey.
Dhyan Chand was born in Allahabad on August 29, 1905 in a Rajput family. He was the elder brother of another hockey player Roop Singh, and the son of Sharadha Singh and Sameshwar Singh. Known as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control, Chand played internationally from 1926 to 1949; he scored 570 goals in 185 matches according to his autobiography, Goal. The Government of India awarded Chand India's third highest civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in 1956. His birthday, 29 August, is celebrated as National Sports Day in India every year.
These awards will be given to personalities who have made significant contribution in the fields of Peace, Social Welfare, Culture, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Sports and Innovation.
The Awardees will be selected by a jury of eminent personalities, including former Chief Justice of Supreme Court & former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of India, Nepal and Bangladesh namely former Chief Justice of India Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra, former Chief Justice of Nepal Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyay, former Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice M.D. Tafazzul Islam, International Yoga Guru and Founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth Baba Ramdev along with former Justice of Supreme Court of India Justice Gyan Sudha Misra.