Recently, India’s achievement in the field of sports became a hot issue in the world. But do you know that India has a long history in sports ? Sports or Games is a big and significant part of India’s culture, tradition, finance and entertainment. Indians participate in almost every major International event held worldwide.
If we talk about sports then, Cricket is the most famous sport in India. The Indian Cricket Team is one of the dominating teams in the world. India has great sports legends and their capability is admired worldwide. In this article you will read about India’s Performance and contribution in Sports.
If we talk about India’s contribution and performance in the sports. We should know that India is one of the power houses in sports. Recently India’s performance in the Commonwealth Games received global praise. Even though Cricket is the most popular sport in India in more recent decades, football has also become another popular sport in terms of broadcast viewership and stadium audience attendance.
Kabaddi has grown into the mainstream, as well as badminton, tennis, and athletics. Kho-kho has grown into becoming the fourth-most viewed sport in India.
India is one of the power houses in field hockey. India won the World Cup & multiple medals in field hockey in the Olympics.
During that time, Dhyan Chand was a notable player.
Sports such as swimming and badminton are played as recreational activities and for exercise.
India has participated in almost all the Olympic Games.
Lets see the accomplishments of India at the Olympic Games.
India’s Achievements at the Olympic Games
India has been participating in the Olympic Games even during British rule in the 1900s. At that time India had participated with a sole athlete named Norman Pritchard who won two medals – both silver – in athletics. India also became the first Asian nation to win an Olympic medal.
From then till 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India won 35 medals in Olympics including 10 Gold Medals, 9 Silver Medals and 16 Bronze Medals.
India’s Field Hockey Team had dominated the Olympics at that time because of the Legends like Major Dhyan Chand who was considered as one of the greatest Hockey Players in the world.
India won its first individual gold medal at the olympic games in the 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Olympics. This feat was achieved by Abhinav Bindra who became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the olympics.
India has also participated in the Commonwealth Games and is ranked fourth among the countries in the Commonwealth Games. India participated from 1934 to 2022 Commonwealth Games and won 564 medals in which 203 are gold medals, 190 are Silver medals, 171 are Bronze Medals.
They also hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Shooting is the most successful event for India in Commonwealth Games and India has won 135 medals in shooting including 63 Gold medals.
India’s first ever Commonwealth medal was won by Rashid Anwar, who won a bronze in the category of wrestling in 1934. By the way, Wrestling is also the second most successful event for India in the Commonwealth Games.
India’s Achievements in the Asian Games
India has participated in the Asian Games ever since it was started in 1951. India was also one of the founding members of the Asian Games Federation on 13 February 1949. However, it was disbanded and replaced by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
India is ranked 4th at the Asian Games with a total of 672 medals including 155 Gold Medals. Athletics is the most successful sporting event of India in the Asian Games with a total of 254 medals including 79 Gold medals. India has won at least one gold medal at every Asian Games, and always ranked within the top 10 nations of the medal table except in the 1990 Asian Games.
India’s Performance in the World Games
India has participated in the World Games since its inaugural in 1981. India has won 5 Medals including 1 Gold Medal in the four sports events conducted by World Games. World Games are an international multi-sport event comprising sports and sporting disciplines that are not contested in the Olympic Games.
They are usually held every four years, one year after a Summer Olympic Games, over the course of 11 days. The World Games are governed by the International World Games Association, under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.
India’s Performance at the South Asian Games
India has participated in all the editions of the South Asian Games. There are 13 editions of South Asian Games and India is ranked 1st. India has 2,378 Medals including 1,263 Gold Medals. India has hosted this event three times.
Currently, the SAOC comprises 7 member countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan participated 4 times in the SAF Games since 2004. The first South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984.
India’s Performance at Lusofonia Games
The Lusofonia Games were started in 2006 and India has participated in all the editions. India is an associate member of ACOLOP which is the governing body of the games.
India is currently ranked 3rd in the Lusofonia Games with a total of 102 medals including 38 Gold Medals. Athletics has been the most successful sports event for India in the Lusofonia Games. India has won a total of 38 medals including 15 Gold Medals in the Lusofonia Games..
Participating countries are founding members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau , Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and associate members Equatorial Guinea, India and Sri Lanka.
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