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Hockey – The National Game of India




The designation of the national sport of a nation is on the basis of the popularity of a game or its historical connects from that nation. The most influencing factor is the pride that the game evokes in the hearts of the countrymen. 

Field hockey is a tough game, played on grass as well as turf, a synthetic mat- like material. The Indian Hockey team has performed in phenomenal ways during 1920-1950. The game has been around for as much as 1200 years down the line in history and is probably one of the most ancient games in present day. The governing body behind the game, International Hockey Federation, was founded long back in 1924. The Indian Hockey team participated in the Amsterdam Olympics for the first time in 1928.

The Indian Hockey team has performed exceptionally well in the Olympics which became a focal point of the nations’ pride. The stats are too good to believe as the Indian team has won 6 consecutive gold medals between 1928 to1956 in the Olympic Games. The game now faces problems in ruling the hearts of billions as a result of commercialization of sports and inadequate facilities provided to the team.

Content: www.cultureindia.net


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