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Sport in India

India 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.

camel racing in India Camel race in Bikaner India, 1999

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.

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. Such traditional games include pehlwani, kabaddi, silambam, yoga, thayam, aadu puli aatam, parama padam, carrom, kho kho, gili danda, ettu kodu, langdi, lagori, ainthu kallu, pallanguzhi, malyutam.

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).

India 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)

Traditional or Regional Sports of India

Traditional Inidan sport, being played in Varanassi, India, in 1999 Traditional Indian sport, being played on the Ghats of Varanasi, India, in 1999

India Sporting Success

Great athletes from India

India Sports trivia

India at major events

indian cricket players Cricket is the most popular sport in India

Past sporting events hosted in India

Upcoming sporting events in India

Annual sporting events held in India

Sporting Facilities in India


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