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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.

Latest Sports News

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    Updated On : Mar 25,2019   12:18 am
Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) Veteran Yuvraj Singh (53 off 35) and Krunal Pandya's quickfire cameo went in vain as Delhi Capitals outclassed Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in their campaign opener at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

Rasikh Salam becomes 2nd J&K cricketer to play in IPL

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   11:54 pm
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Russell's blitzkrieg help KKR beat Sunrisers

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   11:12 pm
Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) Andre Russell spoilt David Warner's dream return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with an unbeaten 19-ball 49 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens, here on Sunday. View More..

Russell's knock took the game away from us: Rashid

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   11:08 pm
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    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   11:00 pm
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Pant's heroics guide Delhi to 213/6 vs Mumbai

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   10:26 pm
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China wins 2019 badminton Asia mixed team trophy

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   9:28 pm
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IPL: Russell's blitzkrieg helps KKR beat Sunrisers

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   8:46 pm
Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) Andre Russell spoilt David Warner's dream return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 19-ball 49 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens, here on Sunday. View More..

IPL 2019: Mumbai opt to field vs Delhi

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   7:50 pm
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign opener against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

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    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   7:48 pm
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Ilyas wins Sprint de Bengaluru, Mascarenhas second

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   7:46 pm
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Oman Open: Archana bags silver, Manav, Sathiyan exit

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   7:44 pm
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IPL: Royals to take on Punjab in Jaipur (Preview)

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   7:28 pm
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Warner makes roaring comeback as SRH post 181

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   6:26 pm
Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) David Warner made a roaring comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) by cracking a stroke-filled 85 as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 181/3 in 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. View More..

Italy begin Euro 2020 campaign, beat Finland 2-0

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   4:52 pm
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Australia starts mental health service for athletes

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   4:06 pm
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Toss: KKR opt to field first against Sunrisers

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   3:58 pm
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Delhi Capitals launch official anthem 'Roar Machaa'

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   1:32 pm
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils have been re-christened Delhi Capitals, and hours before their opening game in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the JSW and GMR co-owned franchise on Sunday launched their official anthem for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league. View More..

Miami Open: Taiwan's Hsieh shocks Naomi Osaka

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   11:50 am
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KL Rahul shouldn't let WC thoughts trap him: KXIP coach

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   11:16 am
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