Sports in India




Well, I am not going to mention about all kind of sports that are played in India because it is a broad area to describe but I will give an overview of it.

India, A land of the diverse population playing different sports all around the country. India has won all world cups in Kabaddi till now. The country has won eight Olympic gold medals in field hockey.

Many games originated in the country including chesssnooker and other regional games. However, cricket became the most famous sport in India. Football is also getting popular in some of the Indian states.

India has hosted and co-hosted many international sports events. Such as Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Cricket World Cup, Indian Premier League, etc.

The Indian premier league also known as IPL, is a form of short cricket which consist of 20 over matches similar to the T20 world cup. But in this cricket format players are invited from all over the world and through an auction process teams are assembled under private ownership.

The I-League and Indian Super League are football league tournaments. The Pro Wrestling League is a wrestling league held by Wrestling Federation of India since 2015.






Old Era

The religious rights fueled the history and physical culture of sports during the vedic time period of India. Games like chess (chaturanga)snakes and ladders, playing cards, originated in India, and from here these games were transmitted to foreign countries, where they were further modernised.

Modern Era

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports was initially set up as the Department of Sports in 1982 at the time of organisation of the IX Asian Games in New Delhi.

Its name was changed to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports during the celebration of the International Youth Year in 1985.

India has also hosted and co-hosted several international sporting events.




Cabinet minister leads the administration management with the coordination of National Sports Federation (NSF). BCCI which is the administrative body of cricket is the only exception that is not under NSF.

Currently, there are more than 70 recognised NSF’s, out of which 38 have politicians at the helm.






Also, Read Hockey in India

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