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POPULAR SPORTS IN INDIA

POPULAR SPORTS IN INDIA

Sports is said to be popular by the number of people following it and the amount of income. A sport does not depend upon the number of players in a particular team or a sport but the overall achievement or skills.Sports are one of the most essential perspectives for a growing nation. It has been a significant part of Indian culture. India is a country where many of the sports are played. 

Benefits of Sports

Maintains functioning of lungs

Aerobic and anaerobic practices in the spores help increase lung capacity and help in better functioning of lungs. It helps in releasing out harmful gases from the body and increases the oxygen-absorbing ability.

  • Improves muscular strength and endurance

Sports help in increasing the overall endurance and strength of the muscles. Heart muscles need regular exercise for efficient blood circulation. Thus, sports like cycling, running, and other cardio exercises help better function the heart muscle. Games that involve anaerobic endurance live basketball, and swimming football help burn fat and build muscle strength. Sports also help in building mental stamina and make a person disciplined.

  • Help reduce stress

Squats help in reducing stress from personal life. Exercise helps release endorphins which help in getting relaxed and provide more energy to fight mod challenges ahead. Besides, all these sports help in increasing your social life.

  • Improve Mental Health

Physical fitness can improve physical health and mental health as well. Sports stimulates the release of the hormone serotonin, which is majorly effective in treating depression. Sports can thus help release this hormone and improve your mood, combat anxiety and enhance your wellbeing.

  • Stronger Immunity

Sports help increase the tolerance level and builds immunity which helps in the prevention of infections from germs. This leads to more minor illnesses. Physical training and running improve the immune system and aid in fighting the common cold and general problems.

A study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine says that people who do aerobic activities for 5 days a week suffer 43% lesser upper respiratory tract infections. Runners also rarely get affected by the cold. Besides these, there are many more benefits.

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The most popular one is mentioned below:-

  • Cricket

On the top list of the most expected sport is cricket. It is one of the most popular sports in India. In the world of cricket board of control of cricket (BCCI) is a worldwide Pioneer which provides a huge amount of profit to the world of cricket. India has some great cricketers like Kapil Dev, Rohit Sharma, Sunil Gavaskar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and this list is uncountable.

After the introduction of the Indian premier league, a lot of investment is made in cricket in India. Cricketers from all over the globe come to participate in the IPL. India has a huge list of victories. Indian cricket team has registered success in all ICC tournaments that included ODI cups two times 1983 & 2011, T20 World Cup 2007, and ICC champions trophy 2013.

Achievements:

  • Won world cup in 1983
  • India won ICC World T20 in 2007
  • Achieved number 1 ranking in ICC test ranking in 2009
  • Joint winter champion of ICC Champions Trophy in 2002
  • Won the Asia Cup 5 times.
  • Won Hero cup in 1993 and 1985 Benson and Hedges cup
  • Won Gavaskar border Trophy in 2001
  • One Coca-Cola cup Sharjah
  • Won NatWest trophy
  • Football

Football is the second most favorite sport in India. The Indian national football team does not have much achievement globally on the list of accomplishments, but it is ranked as 96th in FIFA ranking.In the year 2017, India organized FIFA U 17 World Cup.

Achievements

  • Champions in Asian games football 1951 and 1962
  • Qualified semi-finals in 1956 Olympics in Melbourne
  • Coronavirus in the Asia Cup 1964 in Israel
  • Winners of Saff Championship 1993 
  • Number of Nehru cup 2007, 2009, 2012
  • Age of AFC challenge cup
  • Hockey

National sports of India hockey is ranked number 3 for its popularity in India. The country is most prosperous in men’s hockey. India has achieved 8 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medal more than any other team in the world.

World Championship 1975, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was a victory championship for the Indian hockey team. In the year 2018, the Indian women’s team bagged a silver medal at the Asian games. In the same tournament, the men’s team got the bronze medal.

Achievements

  • The Indian hockey team is the most successful ever in Olympics. It has gone 8 gold medals in 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, and 1980.
  •  India has won a bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020 after 41 years of gap.
  • Badminton

On the list of popularity, badminton is on number 4, but the list of most played sport badminton is ranked as Number 2. The badminton association of India manages badminton in India. India’s achievements at the international levels in badminton are excellent.

In the year 2010, Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal was ranked as Number 2 in the world. In the years 1980 and 2001, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand achieve the all England open championship.if we talk about the women’s badminton players in India, Saina Nehwal is not the Indian badminton player who won the Olympics medal. Sania Nehwal achieved the Olympics bronze medal in 2012, whereas PV Sindhu achieved an Olympic silver medal in 2016 and a bronze medal in 2020.

Achievement 

  • Prakash Padukone won the All England Championship in 1961.
  • India won a medal at the BWF world championship.
  • The doubles pairing of Gutta and Ponnappa became the first woman to win the bronze medal in 2011
  • PV Sindhu convectively won a bronze medal in 2013 and 2014 edition
  •  Saina Nehwal won silver at the 2015 Championships.
  • Tennis

On the list of 10 popular sports in India, number fifth is tennis. Tennis in India has not been dominant in the singles event, but Indian tennis players have achieved well in the doubles and mixed doubles category. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna here are the leading tennis players of India.

National players like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have significantly influenced this tennis genre of sports. Indian tennis players have significantly achieved in international tournaments in the last few years.

Achievements

  • Sania Mirza won many Grand Slam titles in Doubles in 2000 and 2010
  •  Rohan Bopanna want 2017 Grand Slam title .
  • Chess

Chess has become a powerful spot in India for the past two decades because of the chess grandmaster and former world champion Viswanathan Anand. Anand has inspired many youths to play chess, and many Indians consider him a hero for his skills. His performance has motivated a generation of young Indians to choose the sport. The governing body of chess is the India chess federation. Players like Harikrishna Pentala and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi have recently won good spots in the 2020 FIDE ranking.

Achievements

  •  Viswanathan Anand won 1998Championship and won the title of India’s first Grandmaster.
  • Motor Sports

In Indian modern times, Motorsport has achieved a lot of popularity. It is not very common for Indian people to participate in this game, but there is a huge Indian fan following for this particular sport. Formula One has taken off in the nation in the past few years, with the first-ever Indian Formula One driver competing in 2005 and the first-ever Formula One Indian Grand Prix in 2011. India has one of the best Grand Prix circuits, the Buddh International Circuit, in Greater Noida.

  • Wrestling

One of the most-watched sports by Indian youngsters, which has a huge fan following, is wrestling. The most inspiring personality to the youth is the great Khali, who was a participant in WWE. The Great Khali was an Indian police officer who turned into a professional wrestler and drew a lot of Indian audience’s attention. Besides great Khali, many wrestlers, Geeta Phogat, have raised or popularity in the Indian youth regarding the particular sport. The Indian team achieved two gold medals and a bronze in the Asian championship in 2018.

Achievements

  • Vinesh Phogat received a gold medal in Asian Games 2018
  • She won a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth games
  •  gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth games
  •  Asian Wrestling Championship 2019 bronze medal
  • Table Tennis

One of the famous Indoor popular sports

In India, more fondly played in States West Bengal and Tamil Nadu table tennis. The official sports body that managed table tennis in India is the table tennis federation of India. In 2017 India’s Sharath Kamal was ranked 43rd in the world. Indian table tennis team has won the Asian Games held in Jakarta in 2018.

Achievements

  • India has received three gold and three bronze medal in Asian Championship.
  • India has received a bronze medal in the Asian Games.
  • 6 gold and 10 bronze medal in Commonwealth games.
  • Basketball

One of the most played sports in schools, colleges, and universities is basketball. The younger generation more significantly supports this sport. In India, basketball is paid for by both men and women of all ages and abilities. Indian basketball follows if I am an international basketball federation rules for organizing the basketball tournaments.

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Achievements

  • The Indian Basketball team has won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the South Asian games 

Conclusions

No matter what sport is played and its past winnings, achievements are, it will always be beneficial for an individual and its lifestyle.

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