HOCKEY – A NATIONAL GAME OF INDIA OR A MYTH
We were all taught in schools that hockey is the national game of India. You can find it in any general knowledge book. But is it truth or myth.
A query from a ten-year-old girl, Aishwarya Parashar,
“I want to know when did the government issue an order to announce the country’s national game?”
In a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query, The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports declare that India does not have any national game as such.
SPS Tomar, Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Youth Affairs has stated that “I haven’t come across any official order or notification in the ministry saying that hockey is our national game. It is known to be a national game in general parlance,”
So the question is that why are we assuming hockey as a national game of our country.
Maybe that is because of the great success of Indian hockey era from 1928 to 1956. This was the time when India won six straight Olympic gold medals. Indian men’s field hockey was the most successful team in Olympic history that won 8 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medal.
It was the first Non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation.
Dhyan Chand known as “The Wizard” was the part of that dominant team in that era in 1928, 1932 and 1936. During his career, he scored more than 400 goals.
From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men’s team remained unbeaten in Olympics, gaining six gold medals in a row.
Indian hockey never got any rejection from the public but it seems that it lost its popularity over cricket. Financially the supports are very less as compared to the cricket world where BCCI spends a lot on its players.
Maybe it’s not the talent which is keeping it on the back foot but instead the lack of support by the public.
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