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Cricket is the most popular Sport in India.
Sport in India includes - cricket, chess, badminton, field hockey, tennis, football, golf. Field Hockey, in which India has an impressive record with eight Olympic gold medals, is officially the national sport. Other popular games are football, cricket, basketball, volleyball and badminton and many people make an emotional investment in their favourite spectator sports. Cricket has become the most popular Sport in India. After the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, the capital city now has modern sports facilities. Such 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. The British rule brought many popular sports in India including: Football, rugby union, cricket, golf, tennis, squash, hockey, boxing, snooker and billiards. Contents[hide] * 1 History * 2 Administration and funding * 3 India at major international events * 3.1 Medalists * 4 Professional Sport * 4.1 Cricket * 4.2 Field hockey * 4.3 Football * 4.4 Badminton * 4.5 Golf * 4.6 Chess * 4.7 Motor Sports * 4.8 Tennis * 5 Team sports * 5.1 Baseball and Softball * 5.2 Volleyball * 5.3 Basketball * 5.4 Floorball * 5.5 Rugby * 5.6 Bandy * 5.7 Netball * 5.8 Ice hockey * 5.9 Handball * 5.10 Throwball * 5.11 Kabaddi * 5.12 Korfball * 5.13 Lacrosse * 5.14 Polo * 6 Individual sports * 6.1 Boxing * 6.2 Cycling * 6.3 Table tennis * 6.4 Equestrian Sports * 6.5 Kayaking * 6.5.1 Flat water & sea kayaking * 6.5.2 Whitewater kayaking * 6.6 Mountain biking * 6.7 Rock climbing * 6.8 Sepak takraw * 6.9 Winter sports * 6.10 Archery * 6.11 Athletics and Triathlon * 6.12 Weight-lifting and Power-lifting * 6.13 Billiards &Snookers * 6.14 Wrestling * 6.15 Gymnastics * 7 Regional and Other Sports * 7.1 Gilli - Danda * 7.2 Kancha * 7.3 Kite Flying * 7.4 Other Sports * 8 See Also * 9 References * 10 External links|  History
| The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved. (August 2010)| The history of sports in India dates back to the Vedic era. Physical culture in ancient India was fed by a powerful fuel : religious rites. There were some well-defined values like the mantra in the Atharva-Veda, saying," Duty is in my right hand and the fruits of victory in my left". In terms of an ideal, these words hold the same sentiments as the traditional Olympic oath: "For the Honour of my Country and the Glory of Sport." Badminton probably originated in India as a grownup's version of a very old children's game known in England as battledore and shuttlecock, the battledore being a paddle and the shuttlecock a small feathered cork, now usually balled a "bird." In the area of recreation and sports India has been the place of evolution for a number of games. One would be surprised to know today that games like, Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Playing Cards, Polo, the martial arts of Judo and Karate had originated as a sport in India and it was from here that these games were transmitted to foreign countries, where they were further modernized. It is more than likely that many of today's Olympic disciplines are sophisticated versions of the games of strength and speed that flourished in ancient India and Greece. Chess, wrestling, polo, archery and hockey (possibly a fall-out from polo) are some of the games believed to have originated in India. Hockey, in which India has an impressive record with eight Olympic gold medals, is officially the national sport. Other popular games...