Sports and Entertainment in India
The history of physical sports in India dates back to the Vedic Era. In the ancient India the sporting events were in close relation to the religious activities in the country. The religious rituals were a great influence on the various sports played, the methods of the games played and the rules and regulations followed.
The modern India however follows the international standards of different sports played. Almost all the sports played on the international level have India actively participating in them. The official sport in India is Hockey but the most popular sport of India remains cricket.
Various sports in India
Some of the most Popular Sports played in India are being discussed below :
Cricket is among the religions that India follows, it has gained its popularity from the time India won the cricket world cup way back in the year 1983. The popularity of the game has grown leaps and bounds from that time. India is estimated as the highest revenue grosser among all the cricket – playing nations of the world.
Hockey is the official sport of the country and holds a glorious past. Till the 80s the national team was invincible. The national hockey team has earned around 14 gold medals from the biggest extravaganza of sports, Olympics. The Indian hockey star Dhyanchand still is a legend in the category. But over the years, the performance of the team has declined and till now no ploy could resurrect the team from the downfall.
Tennis in India was not very popular in its initial stage. But the recent success of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati has propelled many of the youngsters to take up the sport. Initially it was Ramanathan Krishnan who brought the Indian tennis into limelight. Then it was the feat of Ramesh Krishnan at the grand slams that took the cause further. The latest tennis sensation of India Sania Mirza is creating waves across the world with her gritty performance and bringing glory to the country.
Considering the size of the country and the demographic statistics the number of medals earned by the country at the Olympics is very sparse. Some of the saving graces of the country are the athletes like P.T. Usha, Milkha Singh for their spirited performance on the biggest arena. In recent times the athletes like Karnam Malleshwari and Rajyavardhan Rathod have done India proud.
In the recent years India is doing well in the field of golf. Some of the star performers like Jyoti Randhawa, Jeev Milkha Singh hailing from the country.
Sports in India are a Big Industry making it among the Primary Sources of Entertainment in the Country.
- Cricket in India
- Hockey in India
- Football in India
- Golf in India
- Tennis in India
- Kabbadi in India
- Water Sports in India
- Cricket Venues in India
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