When we talk about rising sports in India, kabaddi has taken place of the winner. However, slowly other sports are getting in line. Sports are an important part of the Indian culture and have a great tradition of sports, which got extra footage starting from British Colonization. Cricket is undoubtedly very popular in India, but being a populous country India has many other sports, which are played with equal enthusiasm.
Following are some rising sports and their facts in India
Kabaddi is originated in Ancient India
Got 9 gold in Asian games, 7 by men and 2 by women.
Won the Kabaddi World Championship in 2007, beating Iran 29-19
India is also the host to the world’s first kabaddi league
In 2013, India had bagged the Kabaddi World Cup held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana (Punjab) India
India also won the Kabaddi World Cup in 2016
2. Football :
We have not yet got any International achievement in Football.
India ranks 97th in FIFA rankings
ISL (Indian Super League) and I-League. are two top-level leagues.
Hockey was supposed to be the national sport of India but recently declined by the Govt.of India.
We got acknowledgment through Men’s hockey team
India won 8 gold,1 silver, and 2 bronze medals.
In 1975, they won the world cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
After Cricket, it is the second most played sport in India
It is managed by the Badminton Association of India.
The success rate of India at the International level has been satisfactorySaina Nehwal was ranked second in the world in the year 2010
Saina is also the Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal at the 2012 Olympics
Chess is becoming popular day by day.
India has a good following in chess due to former World Champion Viswanathan Anand
There are other sports such as Basketball, Table Tennis, Wrestling, etc. which are getting popular day by day but we need a lot of effort to get some space or recognition at International Level
By: Sushmita Jha
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