Indian Sports refer to the several types of games played in India, ranging from tribal games to more popular sports such as Cricket, Badminton and Football. In terms of popularity, Cricket is the most loved sport in India. Our nation has hosted and won several Cricket World Cups. The most successful sport at the Olympics for India is Field Hockey; the Indian men’s hockey team has won 8 Olympic gold medals. The most famous home-grown sport is Kabaddi in the country. India’s other popular sports are Football, Badminton, Shooting, Boxing, Wrestling, Tennis, Weightlifting, Squash, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Athletics, Basketball, Cycling and Volleyball. Some less common yet very much loved and played sports at the local level in our nation are Chess, Kho-Kho, Kite-Fighting, Leg Cricket, Polo, Snooker and Gillidanda. The country has hosted and co-hosted various international sports events, most notably the 1951 and 1982 Asian Games; 1987, 1996 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cups; the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Here is the list of the events that have happened in the last 70 years in Indian Sports History
India won its first post-independence gold medal in field hockey in London Olympics.
India hosted its first major sporting event—the Asian Games held in Delhi.
The first Asian Games was held in New Delhi, India, in 1951 and welcomed 489 athletes representing 11 countries. It included 57 sports events in Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Track Cycling, Diving, Football, Swimming, Waterpolo and Weightlifting.#AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/9yidaYOlag— Jordan Olympic (JOC) (@JordanOlympic) August 3, 2018
KD Jadhav won India’s first-ever bronze medal in freestyle bantamweight wrestling in Olympics at the Helsinki Games. And for the first time, two Indian women participated in the games—Nilima Ghose and Mary D’Souza.
Ajit Wadekar led the Indian Cricket team and beat West Indies in a Test series by (1-0), with Sunil Gavaskar who scored 774 runs in his debut series. Indian team won their second match of the five-Test series at Port of Spain, while the other matches are drawn.
India won the Hockey World Cup by beating Pakistan 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This remains India’s only world title in the sport.
India got their last gold medal in hockey at Olympics on a depleted field.
Koneru Humpy became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years pic.twitter.com/gkaW8pwZ5V— World Sports Stars (@sfoindia) November 7, 2019
Anju Bobby George clinched a bronze medal in the long jump at the World Championships in Paris.
When Dhoni lifted the T20 World Cup in 2007 pic.twitter.com/AvjFPo0ezf— World Sports Stars (@sfoindia) November 7, 2019
Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever ODI double hundred off 147 balls pic.twitter.com/C546TGhivd— World Sports Stars (@sfoindia) November 7, 2019
#ThisDayThatYear @WrestlerSushil recorded his name in the history books of sports as the only Olympic medalist from India to make it to the podium in two consecutive #OlympicGames— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) August 12, 2019
Sushil Kumar's London 2012 medal win was the third honor for #TeamIndia at Olympics in wrestling! pic.twitter.com/Ub1wBg7IMV
Congratulations to Sakshi Malik on winning the first medal for India in Rio Olympics 2016. pic.twitter.com/1x1FOWukz8— Vishnu Deo Sai (@vishnudsai) August 18, 2016
#India won the the SAFF U-18 #football championship for the first time after defeating #Bangladesh 2-1 in the final in #Kathmandu on September 29.— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) September 29, 2019
Photo: Indian Football Team pic.twitter.com/jHhHon2Sqf
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