History of sports in India.
Sport in IndiaIndia has a great tradition of sports, and is greatly influenced by the British presence in India in the 18th and 19th century. Cricket is undoubtedly the most popular sport, but in such a large and populous country there are many other sports that are played by a lot of people.India is one of the largest country in the world in both area and population. India is also one of the few countries that have retained the popularity of their indigenous games among its people. Games like gilli-danda, kabaddi, pehlwani and kho kho. India is also where some of the oldest forms of martial arts originated like musti yuddha, kalerippayattu, silambam as well as marma adi. India also have a few board games, most popular of which is the chaturanga, believed to be the origin of modern chess. This is further reinforced with the rise of a number of chess grandmasters from the country.However, modern games have also taken over the Indian scene with cricket being the most popular. India have also hosted several sporting events such as the Asian Games (1951 and 1982), Cricket World Cup (1987, 1996 and 2011), Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games (2010).camel racing in IndiaCamel race in Bikaner India, 1999India also have been part of the Olympic Games since 1900 and winning an Olympic medal right off the bat when Norma Pritchard took two silver medals in athletics when in the 200 meter dash and the 200 meters hurdles. They skipped a few Games and returned in 1920 and have been sending athletes ever since.Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to India.Popular sports of India (see more)Cricket, Field Hockey, Football (Soccer), Badminton, Tennis, Kabaddi, Track and Field (Athletics), ChessTraditional or Regional Sports of IndiaBall Badminton — a racket game native to India, played with a yellow ball made of wool, with similarities to Badminton.Kho-Kho — the team that takes lesser time to tag all the opponent players wins the game.Kabaddi — a “raider” enters the opposite team’s half to tag opponents without taking a breath.Lagori — from Southern India, this game involves a ball and a pile of flat stones. A member of one team throws a soft ball at a pile of stones to knock them over, then try to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team throws the ball at them (also called Pittu).Yubi Lakpi — a seven-a-side traditional football game with similarities to rugby played in Manipur, India, using a coconut.Mallakhamba — a traditional Indian sport, where athletes perform various types of gymnastics moves and hold various poses on a vertical wooden pole or a rope.Rollball — like handball on roller skates, players must bounce the ball while moving and score goals by shooting the ball into the opposing team’s goal.Throwball — a sport very similar to Newcomb Ball (a variation of Volleyball) that is played in India.Pehlwani — a form of wrestling from South Asia. A win is achieved by pinning the opponent’s shoulders and hips to the ground simultaneously.Kalaripayattu — an ancient martial art from Kerala, India.Gilli-Danda — a South Asian game played with two sticks, one long and the other shortNadan Panthu Kali — ball and net sport played in the Kerala region.Traditional Inidan sport, being played in Varanassi, India, in 1999Traditional Indian sport, being played on the Ghats of Varanasi, India, in 1999India Sporting SuccessIndia won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1983 and 2011.winner 2007 T20 World CupICC Champions Trophy winner – 2002, 2013Athletes from IndiaSachin Tendulkar (cricket)Virat Kohli (cricket)Major Dhyan Chand (hockey)Anju Bobby George (athletics – long jump)Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (athletics – 800m)Milkha SinghNorman PritchardP. T. UshaT. C. YohannanLeander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati (tennis)Mary Kom (boxing) – one of the greatest female boxers of all timeIndia Sports trivia1997 Federation Cup Semi Final between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan holds the record for the largest audience in Indian football. The match played in 13th July, 1997 at Salt Lake Stadium drew 134,000 spectators. This is a record attendance for any sport in India.The sport of Badminton (probably) originated in India.India at major eventsIndia at the Summer OlympicsIndia at the Winter OlympicsIndia at the Commonwealth GamesIndia at the FIFA World CupIndia at the Cricket World Cupindian cricket playersCricket is the most popular sport in IndiaPast sporting events hosted in India1934 West Asian Games, New Delhi1951 Asian Games1982 Asian Games1987 Cricket World Cup hosted by India & Pakistan1996 Cricket World Cup hosted by India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi2011 Cricket World Cup hosted in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka2013 Lusophony Games in Goa2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup in BhubaneswarUpcoming sporting events in India2022 Men’s ICC World T202023 Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar & RourkelaAnnual sporting events held in IndiaIndian Premier League (IPL) – 20/20 Cricket tournamentSporting Facilities in IndiaNetaji Subhas National Institute of SportsSardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, GujaratSalt Lake Stadium KolkataJawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New DelhiOthersports videos about ‘India’Is there something missing? 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