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Sports in India

Following are the some of games played in India-

  1. Kancha- It is played using marbles called “kancha” in India in villages. The festival of “Makar Sankranti” is marked with competitions of this sport in various competitions.
  2. Gilli-Danda- It is a sport played using one small stick called “gilli”and one long stick called “danda” like cricket with ball being replaced by gilli. In this game gilli is counted as a point and you can submit the score any times. This games is generally played in villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana etc states of India.
  3. Badminton- Badminton was known in ancient times, an early form of the sport was played in ancient Greece.  In the west, badminton came from a game called battledore and shuttlecock, in which two or more players keep a feathered shuttlecock in the air with small racquets. It is very popular sport in India.
  4. Bandy- India is having a Bandy team and Bandy Federation of India takes care of it. It's headquarters are in Himachal Pradesh. Bandy is generally played in northern India where there is generally snow and ice.
  5. Boxing- In this game two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance and will by throwing punches with gloved hands against another opponent.
  6. Cricket- Cricket is the most popular sport in India. It is a game played between two teams, generally of 11 members each. In essence, it is single combat, in which an individual batsman does battle against an individual bowler, who has helpers known as fielders.
  7. Cycling- This history of cycling in India dates back to 1938. Cycling Federation of India takes care of the sport.
  8. Golf- Golf is an emerging sport in India. It is more popular in wealthier classes than the middle class and poor class people in India. There are numerous golf courses all over India. There is an Golf Tour.
  9. Ice hockey- It is a team sport played on ice in which skaters use sticks to shoot a hard rubber hockey puck into their opponent’s net to score points.Ice hockey in India is mainly played in the Himalayan region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. In winter season the game is extremely popular and there are many clubs and villages that play the sport.
  10. Kayaking- Indian flat kayakers are considered emerging powerhouse in the Asian circuit. Aside from professional flat water kayaking, there is very limited recreational kayaking. Indian tourists consider kayaking a one-time activity and not a sport to be pursued.
  11. Kabaddi- Kabaddi sport basically originated in India. mostly in villages. India has taken part in four Asian games Kabaddi and won gold in all four of them.
  12. Lawn tennis- Tennis is a sport usually played between two players or between two teams of two players each. Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racquet, including people in wheelchairs.
  13. Mountain biking -Mountain biking is getting popular in India also. From the last four years, Himachal MTB has been organised regularly by HASTPA, and NGO. It is attended by a number of national and international participants, such as Indian Army, Indian Force,  ITBP and a number of young and energetic MTB individual riders from cities like Bangalore, Chandigarh and Delhi.
  14. Throwball- Throwball is also gaining popularity in India as a competitive sport and Indian authorities of the game was instrumental in organizing Asian level and later, world level association for the sport. The game is popularly played in schools, colleges, clubs throughout Asian countries such as India, Korea, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Nepal and Pakistan.
  15. Voolleyball- Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. . It is a popular recreation sport. Indian ranked 5th in Asia and 27th in the world.
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