The Dutch broke his stick hoping to find a hidden magnet
The Japanese suspected his stick was coated with glue
Cricket legend Don Bradman gushed — “He scores goals like runs in cricket”
Adolf Hitler was so impressed with him that he offered him German citizenship and a post in the army
If an athlete’s greatness is measured by the number of apocryphal stories about him or her, hockey wizard Dhyan Chand is in a league of his own.
One such story is about the controversy Dhyan Chand and the entire Indian contingent created by refusing to salute Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
In their book “Olympics: The India Story” (Harper Sports), authors Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta shed some light on the episode.
“The Indians were the only contingent, apart from the Americans, to not perform the raised-arm salute as a mark of respect for the German chancellor,” they wrote in what is considered the first comprehensive book on India’s Olympic history.