Sports in India include cricket, chess, badminton, field hockey, tennis, association football and golf. Field Hockey is the official national sport in India, and the country has eight olympic gold medals in field hockey, though cricket is the most popular. Other popular sports include football, tennis, volleyball, and badminton. After the 1982 Asian Games hosted in New Delhi, the capital city now has modern sports facilities, and similar facilities are also being developed in other parts of the country. Besides sports and games included in the international sporting agenda, there are many which have developed indigenously. indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal went on to win the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold Open badminton tournament by beating Cheah Li Ya Lydia of Malaysia clinching her second Grand Prix tournament win. World No.14 Saina Nehwal has been in top form in the past one year. Even in the Olympics she had done India proud by making it to the quarter finals only to lose to her opponent Maria Yulianti of Indonesia. Nehwal, after her performance in the first two rounds of the Beijing Olympics had raised the hopes of the Indians of winning an Olympic medal in the sport of badminton. The word sports inculcate in our minds, the image of a well-toned body, sweating it out in a huge ground. Rarely do we think of a sport not involving the body, but the mind. Known as the unseen sport, defined as a recreational and competitive game played between two players, Chess is undoubtedly, the most interesting brain game of all times.
In India, chess is synonymous with Vishwanathan Anand. However, the times are changing, and so are the faces and names. India’s present day chess scenario is full of young talents making it big internationally; and the leader of this young brigade is a player whose name does not need an introduction, Tania Sachdev. In the area of recreation and sports India had evolved a number of games. One would be surprised to know today that games...
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