SPORTS IN INDIA

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Sport pertains to any form of competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants and, in some cases, entertainment to spectators. Sports can, through casual or organized participation, improve one’s physical health. Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals.Sports in India refers to the large variety of games played in India, ranging from tribal games to more mainstream sports such as field hockey, kabaddi, cricket, badminton and football. India’s diversity of culture, people, and tribes, as well as its colonial legacy, are reflected in the wide variety of sporting disciplines in the country. Kabbadi is an ancient sport and the fastest growing sport of India. Cricket is the most popular sport in India, the country having hosted and won the Cricket World Cup on multiple occasions.

Ancient and Medieval period

The world’s oldest stadium with terraced stands was constructed at Dholavira, Gujarat during 3rd millennium BCE. Two stadiums have been identified at the ancient site, one is considered a ceremonial ground, another, a small stadium.

British Colonial period

The Indian Hockey team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, later going on to defeat Germany 8–1 in the final.During the colonial period, British India competed at six Olympic Games, notably winning medals in field hockey.Snooker originated in the late 19th century among British Army officers stationed in India.

Administration

Political responsibility for sport in India lies with the Department of Sports under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; the department runs under the charge of a Secretary to the Government of India, while the ministry is headed usually by a Minister of State. A ministry-recognised National Sports Federation (NSF) represents each Olympic and non-Olympic sport, the only major exception being the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is not an NSF.As of 2019, 56 NSFs are recognised by the ministry. The presence of politicians at the helm of many such federations has been criticised for causing inefficiency and corruption.

The Main Problem With Sports In India .

In INDIA the meaning of sports is only cricket and if somebody plays any other sport he/she doesn’t get any opportunities and if by chance he /she manages to get into national team the federation for other sports doesn’t get any funds for grounds equipments etc.There are many problems that results to this i.e corruption ,lack of enthusiasm , lack of popularity , lack of importance of other sports excluding cricket. The fact is even cricket national team is not a national team because The Indian cricket team is managed by a private firm i.e BCCI so this means that sports in India is just a department for politicians and government to use as a way of generating black money and buying lavish cars like Mercedes for themselves or a farm house . The bad effect for this is not endured by government or politicians but by the hundreds of young talents and careers that are destroyed each due to lack of sheer will to really “promote sports”. The problem also lies in the people of india who know every cricket’s player name date of birth and even parents name but they doesn’t even know the names of other sportsperson or they even exist. Every year biopics are made to glorify cricketers and make them celebrities or in some cases god but in other sports only the one who are very popular or won something internationally are recognised . Cricketers travel in business class airplane and other sportsperson have to travel themselves or by train to play for their OWN Country. Fans travel thousands of kilometres just to watch a cricket match and on the other hand our football team captain Sunil Chettri has to literally beg fans to come and watch them .

CONCLUSION

I think its time to stop glorifying just cricket and give importance to other sports because everyone doesn’t have a backup plan.

Manav diwakar is a student from Delhi university . He is developer , website designer and also is the sports editor for this website. To read his opinions about different topics visit the editorials section.

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