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The popular saying ``If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is its God'' clearly underlines people's obsession with the game in India and the huge fan following it enjoys in the country. Though India was granted ``Test status’’ in 1932 and became a member of the “elite club” of Test playing nations alongside England, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, and South Africa the country truly arrived at the World stage in 1983.
Published 25-Oct-2014 19:15 IST
Going by the tally of Olympic medals, the Indian hockey (men's) team is perhaps the most successful team in the world. It has, till date, won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Field hockey was introduced in India in 1885. The first hockey club came up in Calcutta, now Kolkata, in the same year and in no time Bombay, now Mumbai, and Punjab followed suit, as Indian hockey's journey for Olympic gold began. From the early 1920's to the 1950's hockey was the first choice of every sport-loving Indian. NoMore
Published 25-Oct-2014 18:28 IST
Sports in India dates back to the ancient times with references found in the Vedas and Indus Valley Civilisation. Archaeological excavations of Mohenjodaro and Harappa reveal that people indulged in some sort of physical activities and also played a variety of games using marbles, balls and dice.
Published 10-Oct-2014 19:01 IST | Updated 19:34 IST
There are a number of popular sports in India but cricket is the most popular. The country also has won eight Olympic gold medals in field hockey. India has hosted and co-hosted several international sporting events, including the 1951 and 1982 Asian Games, the 1987, 1996 and 2011 Cricket World Cup, the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, the 2010 Hockey World Cup and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Major international sporting events annually held in India include the Chennai Open, Mumbai Marathon, Delhi Half Marathon, and theMore
Published 10-Oct-2014 19:33 IST
The history of sports in India dates back to the Vedic era. Physical culture in ancient India was fed by a powerful fuel--religious rites. There were some well-defined values like the mantra in the Atharva-Veda, saying,"Duty is in my right hand and the fruits of victory in my left.” In terms of an ideal, these words hold the same sentiments as the traditional Olympic oath: "… For the Honour of my Country and the Glory of Sport."
Published 27-Aug-2014 11:03 IST | Updated 11:05 IST

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