Games and sports are of high importance for students all over the world. Sports can incorporate discipline in the students. Sports is important to develop the sense of sportsmanship in the students and can bring pleasure in their day-to-day activities from playing the games. It promotes a sense of team spirit that they can incorporate into other fields of their lives. Sports can provide a sense of leadership and unity in work. It is to be noted that Sports Day is an important day for the students to indulge themselves in different physical activities or sports. It helps the student to break free from their daily routine and enjoy the time. Most schools and other academic institutions have a common way of celebrating this day.
Sports Day encourages students to participate in different activities related to sports such as hurdle race, high jump, flat race, long jump and many other fun activities. Most often, sports days are held during the beginning of the summer season. However, it can be held in autumn or spring in countries with harsh summer climates. The National Sports Day is also a type of public holiday celebrated in different nations to honour the national sports team and the traditions related to sports in different countries. On this day, citizens from various age groups take part in sports activities such as basketball, kabaddi, hockey, marathon and so on.
The National Sports Day in India is celebrated on 29th August on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the famous hockey player. It was due to him that we won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. In the country of Iran, the citizens celebrate Physical Education and Sports Day on 17th October. The event is continued till 23rd October. The week is called Physical Education and Sports Week. The main aim of this day is to present the vitality of exercise in social and personal life, which is focused on in article III of the National Constitution. The Health and Sports Day is a national holiday in Japan and is celebrated in the month of October. This day was first observed in the country on 10th October in the year 1966 at the second anniversary of the beginning of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. Since the year 2000, this day is observed in the country on the second Monday in the month of October. The National Sports Day is a national holiday in the country of Malaysia that is held every year on the second Saturday in the month of October. The main objective is to promote a healthy standard of living among the whole population. The first National Sports Day in the country was held in the year 2015. The National Sports Day is also a national holiday in the country of Qatar that is held yearly on the second Tuesday in the month of February. The main objective of this day in the country is to promote a healthy way of living among the citizens. The first National Sports Day in the country was held in the year 2012.
Schools of different countries stage many sports days on which the students can take part in different sports activities. In schools with a house system, there is a competition held between different houses. This is also known as the Inter-house Sports Day. The games that are played on the school sports day are diversified and wide. The games can include long races, straightforward sprints for different age groups. Fun activities such as egg and spoon races, three-legged races, sack races, parent and child races, wheelbarrow races and others are also arranged. Other game such as Horseshoes is traditionally arranged in countries like the United Kingdom and Ireland.
There have been a lot of controversies regarding the school sports days in recent times, which are often publicised by the media. Some schools have stopped arranging heavily altered and highly competitive sports that can hamper the students' self-esteem. The children who are not athletically gifted in the games are sometimes exposed to public humiliation. Many commentators have condemned these issues to "political correctness". In the month of June of 2005, Country Life magazine published that sports days in schools have become highly competitive due to the over-zealous parents and overbearing. They create too much stress on their children to get success in their games.
In India, the National Sports Day is celebrated widely at the national level. It is organised every year in the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President of the country. It gives National Sports Awards to the respective winners who have enhanced the value of the national flag all over the world. Under the National Sports Award, the formal and the current players are honoured with special awards such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award and the Arjuna Award. Along with all these awards, the "Dhyan Chand Award" is also given on this day. The government of India observed the National Sports Day Awards in the year 2020 on 22nd August. The awardees received the awards from President Ram Nath Kovind in a specially organised function from the Rashtrapati Bhawan through virtual mode because of the lockdown.
In conclusion, it can be said that sports are a vital part of human life. It can improve the health of people and can create more awareness among the people to lead a better life. Sports Day is a very happy and exciting event that every student and athletes look forward to. Every student and other citizen of all the countries can participate in different types of sports events. Students and other children enjoy sports day and look forward to this every year. It helps them to showcase their athletic abilities in front of an enthusiastic audience. It should be kept in mind that people should take this event sportingly and should not humiliate any individuals who are not athletically gifted. Parents should encourage their children to participate in the activities and not pressurise them to rank in the events.
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