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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

ISL: Delhi hand Bengaluru another defeat

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   10:10 pm
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored twice in three minutes as Delhi Dynamos FC pipped Bengaluru FC 3-2 in a closely fought Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here on Sunday. View More..

Girona upset Real Madrid 2-1, ends winless skid

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   10:10 pm
Madrid, Feb 17 (IANS) Girona stunned Real Madrid with two second-half goals that gave it a 2-1 victory, ending the Catalan team's 10-match winless streak in La Liga, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium here on Sunday. View More..

PVL: Chennai Spartans enter semis after smacking Ahmedabad Defenders

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   10:10 pm
Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) Chennai Spartans booked the semifinal berth in the Pro Volleyball League (PVL) after hammering Ahmedabad Defenders 4-1 (15-6, 13-15, 15-13, 15-11, 15-12) in their final league match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here on Sunday. View More..

IMG-Reliance blocks PSL production post Pulwana terror attack

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   9:56 pm
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Fit-again Saha to return to competitive cricket

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   9:30 pm
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I-League: East Bengal suffer jolt in title race with 1-1 Churchill draw

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   9:30 pm
Kolkata, Feb 17 (IANS) East Bengal failed to level points with leaders Chennai City FC after playing a 1-1 draw against fellow title aspirant Churchill Brothers in an I-League match at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, here on Sunday. View More..

Photographs of Pakistani players removed from Mohali cricket stadium

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   9:20 pm
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BCCI should donate Rs 5 crore for Pulwama martyrs' families: Khanna

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   9:04 pm
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Is the team picked to play Australia in last 3 ODIs the WC squad? (Column: Just Sport)

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   8:50 pm
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I-League: Chennai City face bottom-placed Shillong Lajong on Monday (Preview)

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   8:26 pm
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    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   7:08 pm
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Railways, Madhya Pradesh in women's national hockey final

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   6:50 pm
Hisar (Haryana), Feb 17 (IANS) Defending champions Railways and Madhya Pradesh won their respective semi-finals to enter the title clash of the 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (A Division) here on Sunday. View More..

Minerva Punjab resolute ahead of I-League game vs Real Kashmir

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   6:40 pm
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I-League chief: Srinagar to remain venue for Minerva Punjab match

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   6:24 pm
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Boat races in Kerala to have IPL-like championship

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   6:18 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17 (IANS) The Kerala government has floated the Champions Boat League (CBL) for making state's hugely popular boat races into a world-class experience for tourists and creating an international sporting atmosphere for participating clubs and their oarsmen, state Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said on Sunday. View More..

ISL: Play-off berth in sight for Goa (Preview)

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   5:36 pm
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Schwartzman advances to Argentina Open final

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   2:26 pm
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Vidarbha, the new powerhouse of domestic cricket

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   1:16 pm
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are the teams which have always dominated the domestic cricket circuit. However, Vidarbha -- one of the lower rated teams not too long ago -- has changed people's assumptions and has done the unexpected. View More..

Technology in Cricket: 'To be or not to be, is the question' (Column: Close-in)

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   1:02 pm
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Bundesliga: Poulsen brace helps Leipzig to win over Stuttgart

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   11:20 am
Stuttgart (Germany), Feb 17 (IANS) Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen scored a brace of goals for RB Leipzig, leading his side to a 3-1 victory over host VfB Stuttgart in a Bundesliga match held here. View More..