Factoid

Known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Major Dhyan Chand the highest goal scorer in history of hockey, naturally celebrated in India: he received the second highest civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in 1956 and his birthday, August 29, is the National Sports Day. But did you know that he was promised German citizenship, a high post in the German military and the chance to play for the German national side, after defeating Germany 8-1 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics? It is said that Dhyan Chand was summoned by Hitler. Dhyan Chand, however, declined the offer. 

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