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  With over a billion people around we have very few international stars in the Sports Arena. ThisismyIndia.com aims at bringing sports closer to the people by introducing various sports activities with details on how to pursue a career in sports.

History of Indian sports

   India - known for its fanaticism for cricket and hockey; started its sports odyssey long back during the great Vedic Era of India. Initially, the development of sports (games) in India gathered momentum after its important role, in maintaining the physical health, was coined by the people of India. Hunting, swimming, boating, archery, horse riding, wrestling and fishing mark the stage of infancy of Indian Sports (Games). Then came the Martial Arts which was also a strong way of self defence apart from a vigorous physical exercise. sports

   In India, sports (games) is seen as 'a way of realizing the body potential to its fullest'; also known as "Dehvada" in ancient India. The philosophical foundation of the sports (games) in India lies in the history of India dating back to Vedic Era in which the Atharva Veda said: ," Duty is in my right hand and the fruits of victory in my left". These words in the traditional mantra hold the same spirit as that of the Olympic oath that implies: ".......For the Honour of my Country and the Glory of Sport." The history of India also beckons of an interesting link between Greece (The Motherland of Sports in the world) and India which dates back to 975 B.C. when both the nations pioneered in the sports (games) like chariot racing and wrestling.

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   The golden history of sports in India is also evident in the immortal Indian epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. Whereas during the period of Ramayana; hunting, archery, horse riding, swimming were the royal games; Mahabharata made a mark in the sports like dicing, gymnastics, wrestling, chess (Shatranj) and gulli danda. Puranas mention about the threatening game of rope fighting. The archeological excavations of Harappa and Mohanjodaro along with the religious manuscripts like Puranas and Vedas are the standing testimonials of this glorious history of Indian sports.

   The historians believe that many sports (games) like hockey, archery, wrestling and chess originated in India, which are synonymous to strength and speed nowadays. Kho-Kho In the late Vedic Era, besides sports; the Yoga and Meditation, the inevitable parts of the toughest "Yogashastra" made India, acquire the seat of spiritualism, all over the world. This dignified discipline of Indian Sports finds its place in Bhagwat Gita too.

   Today sports in India have achieved a zenith in terms of popularity and as a career option. Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, SAF Games, Wimbledon and many other world sports tournaments see Indians as one of the most leading sports participants in the world. From Tendulkar, Paes, Bhupathi, Anand, Geet Sethi, Karthikeyan to Sania Mirza lead the present sports generation of India. Cricket, Hockey, Football, Weightlifting, Snooker, Kabaddi, Kho Kho and Archery are the sports of India that have been deep seated into an Indian psyche, whether of a sports person or a sports lover. Not only physical strength, power and satisfaction but also a strong alternative of recreation; sports in India have paved a long way towards the road of success and have made themselves a hallmark in the world of sports.

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    Updated On : Jan 19,2019   10:20 am
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I-League: Chennai City beat Aizawl 4-3, inch closer to I-League title

    Updated On : Jan 19,2019   12:00 am
Coimbatore, Jan 18 (IANS) Sandro Rodriguez scored on either side of the half and Pedro Manzi helped himself score arguably the goal of the season and another to boot, as Chennai outclassed Aizawl FC 4-3 to take a step closer to the I-League crown at the Nehru stadium here. View More..

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    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:54 pm
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Birthday girl Kerber storms past Birrell into Australian Open last-16

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:54 pm
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Atletico's Simeone positive despite Spanish Cup elimination

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:54 pm
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    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:42 pm
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Khelo India: Tamil Nadu, West Bengal girls on top in volleyball

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:14 pm
Pune, Jan 18 (IANS) Tamil Nadu and West Bengal swapped favours in the semi-finals of the girls volleyball competition of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Friday. View More..

Khelo India: Punjab, Tamil Nadu dominate in basketball

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:14 pm
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KIYG: Haryana boxers make big surge with eight golds

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   9:14 pm
Pune, Jan 18 (IANS) Boxers Ankit Narwal, Vanshaj and Preeti Dahiya played a key role for Haryana who reaped as many as eight gold, eight silver and 15 bronze medals from boxing in the Boys' Under-17 and Girls Under-17 categories at the at the Khelo India Youth Games (KISG) here on Friday. View More..

Vintage Dhoni gifts India maiden ODI series win Down Under (Intro Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   8:12 pm
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has once again proved the critics wrong by establishing himself as a master of close finish when he belted an 87 not out to complete a hat trick of half centuries to help the men-in-blue clinch the third ODI by 7 wickets and a historic 2-1 bilateral series win over Australia at the MCG here on Friday. View More..

I-League: Colado strike lifts East Bengal against Indian Arrows

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   8:08 pm
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Jamie Santos Colados strike in the second half was enough to fetch East Bengal a hard fought 1-0 win against spirited Indian Arrows in their I-League encounter at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) here on Friday. View More..

Rallyist Ashima takes Day 1 lead in Divas on Wheels

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   8:00 pm
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Happy to bat at any number: Dhoni

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   7:48 pm
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) With just a handful of ODIs to be played ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the No.4 slot in the Indian batting order is still up for grabs and with former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni staking a strong claim with a hat-trick of half-centuries against Australia, it will be interesting to see if the team management persists with him in the quadrennial event. View More..

Want to become youngest World Chess Champion, also beat Anand: Gukesh

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   7:40 pm
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) The World's second youngest chess Grand Master (GM) D. Gukesh said on Friday that he aspires to fefeat five-time World champion GM Viswanathan Anand - and also to become the youngest World chess champion. View More..

Tendulkar joins Anil Kapoor to announce 'Selection Day' new season

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   6:20 pm
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar engaged in a Twitter conversation with actor Anil Kapoor to announce the second season of "Selection Day". View More..

Chile holds Bolivia in South American U-20 football

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   5:34 pm
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Vintage Dhoni, Chahal star in India's maiden ODI series win Down Under (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   4:42 pm
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's heroics with the ball were complemented well by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's third consecutive half-century as he anchored India's run chase to beat Australia by 7 wickets in the third ODI, and clinch their first ever bilateral series win here. View More..

India win 3rd ODI to claim series

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   4:20 pm
Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) India rode a third consecutive half-century by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to defeat Australia by seven wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) here on Friday. View More..

Espanyol in Copa del Rey quarter-finals

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   4:10 pm
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Betis advance in Copa del Rey

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   3:50 pm
San Sebastian (Spain), Jan 18 (IANS) Real Betis and Real Sociedad played to a 2-2 draw on aggregate over two matches in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, but the Seville club are through to the quarter-finals after scoring a pair of away goals here. View More..