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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.

Latest Sports News

Vinesh Phogat scripts history; first Indian woman wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships

    17 Sep,22 10:26 am
World Wrestling Championship 2022: Vinesh Phogat recently became the first Indian woman wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships after clinching a bronze in 53-kilogram category in Belgrade, Serbia. Key Highlights: She defeated the European champion, Emma Malmgren of Sweden.   Read More..

Roger Federer announces retirement after the forthcoming Laver Cup 2022

    17 Sep,22 10:11 am
Roger Federer: Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis player of all time, recently announced that he had decided to bid farewell to professional tennis. Key Highlights: The forthcoming Laver Cup 2022 which is set to commence on September 23, 2022 will be his last tournament. 41-year-ol  Read More..

Neeraj Chopra Creates History, Becomes First Indian To Win Diamond League Trophy With Javelin Gold In Grand Final

    09 Sep,22 1:49 pm
Diamond League Finals: Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra scripted history by becoming the 1st Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League Finals title in Zurich. Key Highlights: He won the prestigious Diamond League Finals in Zurich by securing Gold Medal with a throw of   Read More..

Home Minister Amit Shah launches anthem & mascot of 36th National Games in Ahmedabad

    07 Sep,22 1:33 pm
36th National Game 2022: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has launched the mascot and the anthem for the 36th National Games at Trans Stadia in Ahmedabad. Key Highlights: The mascot is named ‘Savaj’ which means cub in Gujarati. The anthem for the national games is based on the th  Read More..

Neeraj Chopra creates history, clinches Lausanne Diamond League Meet title

    30 Aug,22 2:39 pm
Lausanne Diamond League: Olympic champion and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra recently created history by winning the Lausanne Diamond League. Key Points: He has become the first Indian to win the Lausanne Diamond League with  a best throw of 89.08m. Before him, discus thrower Vikas Go  Read More..

August 29: National Sports Day

    29 Aug,22 12:55 pm
National Sports Day 2022: India celebrates the National Sports Day or Rashtriya Khel Divas on 29th August every year. Key Facts: The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard of India who was born on this date in 1905. Year 2022 is the 117th birth anni  Read More..

Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup: Hardik Pandya's Heroics Help India Beat Pakistan In Thriller

    29 Aug,22 12:31 pm
IND vs PAK - Asia Cup 2022: India, on 28th August 2022 defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the Asia Cup 2022 encounter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Key Highlights:   • The match was played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. • With this victory, India are   Read More..

Antim Panghal becomes India’s First-Ever U-20 World Wrestling Champion

    25 Aug,22 10:59 am
U-20 World Wrestling Champion: Antim Panghal, a 17-year-old wrestler from Haryana scripted history on 19th August, 2022 by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win the Under-20 world champion feat with an 8-0 win over Kazakhstan’s Atlyn Shagayeva. Key highlights: The U-20 World  Read More..

Supreme Court Terminates Mandate Of CoA For AIFF

    23 Aug,22 11:19 am
AIFF Ban: The Supreme Court terminated the mandate of its Committee of Administrators (CoA) to manage the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to overcome suspension of the Indian football body by FIFA. Key Details: The three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by  Read More..

India finishes at 4th Place in Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

    09 Aug,22 2:33 pm
India at CWG 2022: India has been ranked at 4th place, in terms of medals in the Commonwealth Games 2022 which were held from July 28 to August 8, 2022. Key Highlights: India bagged a total of 61 medals, comprising of 22 Gold, 16 Silver, and 23 Bronze. This was India’s 4th best perf  Read More..