National Sports Day: 29th August

Ronojoy Sen works out to disperse the confusion that India does not have a games culture and covers a great deal of subjects in twelve parts, including rank and class, district and religion, local area and communalism, patriotism and country. The 1951 and 1982 Asian Games, the 1987, 1996, and 2011 Cricket World Cups, the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, the 2010 Hockey World Cup, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games are only a couple of the worldwide athletic occasions that India has supported or co-facilitated. Since 2008, the Indian Prominent League (IPL) has been a chief twenty20 cricket competition facilitated yearly. Since 2014, the Indian Super League has been a Football competition. The Chennai Open in Tennis and the Indian Masters in Golf are two significant global donning competitions facilitated in India every year. The Indian Grand Prix Formula One race was held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida from 2011 to 2013. Since 1924, the National Games of India have been a public homegrown game in the country. The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup was held there. Sports have a long history in India, tracing all the way back to the Vedic period. Strict freedoms filled actual culture in old India. “Work is in my right hand, and the products of win are in my left.

In 1951 and 1982, India facilitated the Asian Games in New Delhi. In 1982, when the IX Asian Games were held in New Delhi, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports was set up as the Ministry of Sports. During the International Youth Year festivities in 1985, it was renamed the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports. India also has facilitated or co-facilitated various global athletic occasions, remembering the Asian Games for 1951 and 1982, the Cricket World Cup in 1987 and 1996, the Afro-Asian Games in 2003, the 2010 Hockey World Cup, and the Commonwealth Games in 2010. India’s hockey group competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, in the long run overcoming Germany 8–1. Norman Pritchard, a solitary competitor, addressed India at the 1900 Olympics, winning two silver awards. In 1920, India sent its first public group to the Olympics, and it has since competed in every Summer Olympic Game. Since 1964, India has competed in a few Winter Olympic Games. India has won 26 Olympic awards in its entirety. In the 1928 Olympic Games, India procured its first gold decoration in quite a while’s field hockey. Abhinav Bindra turned into the primary Indian to win an Olympic gold decoration as an individual, and India’s first gold award since the men’s field hockey group won gold in 1980.

India and the Olympics:

In Tokyo, India finished 48th in the medal tally, its highest finish in over four decades (if the total number of medals were counted, India would have ended 33rd). However, ranking is mostly determined by the number of gold medals earned. The previous high point in this period was a 51st-place result in Beijing in 2008, when India won three medals– including a gold from Abhinav Bindra. India has performed substantially better in the era when it won gold in hockey, but that period is no longer comparable due to the dozens of new countries that have emerged since then, as well as the expansion of the number of sports and hence medals. So far, India has won seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. There is one gold medal, two silver medals, and four bronze medals among the seven medals. India hasn’t won a gold medal since the 2012 Olympics. After that, India was unable to win a gold medal, but Neeraj Chopra has now accomplished this for India at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. In the Olympics, he earned a gold medal for India. No one could match Neeraj Chopra’s incredible throw of 86.58 meters. He earned a gold medal for India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, and Indians have been waiting for this for a long time. Ravi Kumar Dahiya reached the final but was unable to win the gold. He did, however, help India win a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. His semifinal match was deserving of praise. For years, stories will be told about how he restrained his opponent even while the opponent chewed his hand. Mirabai Chanu demonstrated that you can be anybody or anything you want to be. She worked hard for her job despite her circumstances. She used to take lifts from truck drivers to go to her stadium, and the story of how she earned a medal for India will live on forever. PV Sindhu became the first Indian female athlete to win two Olympic silver medals. She did it by putting in a lot of effort and attention. She still has a lot of ground to cover and we want to see her reach new heights. Lovlina Borogohain was born in the Golaghat district of Assam. Her parents encouraged her throughout her journey, and she helped India win a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

After a 40-year wait, the Indian hockey team made history by earning a medal at the Olympics. It was also India’s first time qualifying for the Hockey Semifinals. The Indian women’s hockey team is also deserving of praise for their efforts since they qualified for the Semifinals for the first time ever. Bajrang Punia is one of India’s and the world’s top wrestlers. In various competitions, he has won several gold medals for India. He won the Bronze Medal for India in the Tokyo Olympics this time.

NSDF (India’s support to sportspeople):

The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was founded in 1998 under the Charitable Endowments Act 1890, and the Government of India notified it in November of that year. The Fund assists athletes in excelling by providing them with opportunities to perform under internationally renowned coaches with technical, scientific, and psychological support, as well as access to international events. In contrast to many of the other industries mentioned in this report, India already looks to Australia as a template for attaining results in sports. Supporting India’s sports agenda can help Australia build favourable ties with Indian governments and corporations.

Improving sports results is a strategic aim for the Indian government. Increased sports engagement is crucial for India’s big population’s future health and productivity. Better sports systems, facilities, and inputs are in high demand as a result of this.

The expanding middle class in India is driving up demand for sports training, athletic products, and sponsorship money.

The sports ministry’s desire to push sports vigorously is well known. This is made abundantly evident by an order issued under the national government’s new Fit India Movement. “In order to encourage sports and make fitness a way of life, it was decided to make sports facilities (for athletes and federations) available for free across the country.” The sports facilities of SAI and LNIPE Gwalior, as well as Guwahati, would be provided for free for sporting activities under this initiative. Athletes, leagues such as the Indian Super League, and governing bodies such as the Indian Olympic Association might all benefit from this new program (IOA).

Conclusion:

Sports have a long history in India, dating back to the Vedic era. Religious rites were a significant fuel in ancient India’s physical culture. There were some clear values, such as the phrase from the Atharva-Veda, “Duty is in my right hand, and the fruits of triumph are in my left.” In terms of ideals, these phrases echo the classic Olympic oath: “For the Honor of My Country and the Glory of Sport.” When deciding on the various disciplines for the Olympic Games, the founders kept India in mind. Greece and India have an intriguing relationship that dates back to 975 B.C. Both countries shared a passion for chariot racing and wrestling, but India has a long way to go in terms of sports.

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