National Game of India: The Indian government has chosen various elements as symbols that describe the nation’s identity, heritage, and legacy. For example, the tiger is the national animal of India, the lotus is the national flower, the peacock is the national bird, etc. In the same way, when questioned about the national game of India, hockey is the most probable answer owing to the extraordinary success the sport has brought to India.
Owning a national sport encourages people to be involved in some sort of physical activity and even emphasizes the importance of sports to the citizens. Having national sport for the country brings a difference in how the citizens interpret the same and they even get more involved in the sports activities. However, there is no national sport in India. It has been notified by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs. The Ministry states that India does not have a national game as no game have been given the status.
What is the National Game of India?
There is no national sport in India. Neither Hockey nor Kabaddi is not a national game of India (Source: Right To Information).
Why there is no National Sport in India?
A teacher named Mayuresh Agrawal, who teaches in the K. Patil International School, Sindkheda Taluk, Dhule district, filed a query to RTI (Right To Information) asking, “Is hockey the national game of India? If so, when was hockey declared as the national game of India“.
On 15th January 2020, the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has replied that the centre hasn’t declared any sport or game as the national game of India for the RTI query filed by the teacher. Mayuresh Agarwal filed the query under RTI when his students asked him when hockey was declared the national game.
“The government has not declared any sport/game as the Indian National Game, as the objective of the government is to encourage/promote all popular sports disciplines”
Source: Times of IndiaUnion Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Reply for RTI query filed by Mayuresh Agarwal.
When Hockey Became National Game of India?
Hockey was one of the ancient games, and the Indian Hockey Federation was authorized in 1925. The first international hockey trip for Indians was against New Zealand, where 21 matches were conducted, out of which India won 18 Matches, withdrew 2 matches, and lost 1 match. This victory helped the Indian hockey team to outstand among other countries.
This victory against New Zealand encouraged the citizens of India to play the game hockey. The hockey game was popularly played from the period of 1928 to 1956. This period was considered the golden era since India won 6 succeeding gold medals in the Olympic games.
Indian Hockey Achievements in Olympics
Even though Hockey is not the National Sport of India, the Indian hockey team performed tremendously well. The list of achievements in the sport Hockey by Indians in the Olympics is given below. Because of the team’s performance in the Olympics, it was started to be considered the Indian National Game.
|Amsterdam Olympics||1928||Gold Medal|
|Los Angeles Olympics||1932||Gold Medal|
|Berlin Olympics||1936||Gold Medal|
|London Olympics||1948||Gold Medal|
|Helsinki Olympics||1952||Gold Medal|
|Melbourne Olympics||1956||Gold Medal|
|Rome Olympics||1960||Silver Medal|
|Tokyo Olympics||1964||Gold Medal|
|Mexico City Olympics||1968||Bronze Medal|
|Munich Olympics||1972||Bronze Medal|
|Montreal Olympics||1976||7th Position|
|Moscow Olympics||1980||Gold Medal|
|Los Angeles Olympics||1984||5th Position|
|Seoul Olympics||1988||5th Position|
|Barcelona Olympics||1992||6th Position|
|Atlanta Olympics||1996||8th Position|
|Sydney Olympics||2000||7th Position|
|Athens Olympics||2004||7th Position|
|Beijing Olympics||2008||Did Not Qualify|
|London Olympics||2012||12th Position|
|Rio Olympics||2016||8th position|
|Tokyo Olympics||2021||Bronze Medal|
Seeing the popularity of the hockey game in India, unofficially, people referred to hockey as the national sport of India. But the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports officials have made it clear that no game is declared as the National sport of India.
FAQs – National Game of India
The frequently asked questions on the National Game of India 2021 are given below:
Q.1. Is hockey the national game of India?
A. No, Hockey is not the national game of India. The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs has decided to encourage and promote all sports disciplines. Thus the officials haven’t declared any sport or game as the national sport of India.
Q.2. What is the official sport of India?
A. Due to the tremendous success in the sport Hockey, citizens of India refers to hockey as the official sport of India unofficially.
Q.3. How many gold medals did the India Hockey team win in the Olympics?
A. The India hockey team has won 8 gold medals in Olympics till the Olympics 2018.
Q.4. Who is the father of hockey in India?
A. Dhyan Chand, the hockey guy who played a major role in winning 3 gold medals in the Olympics, is considered the father of Hockey in India. Also, Dhyan Chand’s birthday is celebrated as a national sports day in Inda.
Q.5. Is Kabaddi the national game of India?
A. No, Kabaddi is not the national sport of India. Though Kabaddi is one of the sports which is most popularly played in India, it is not the national game of India. Kabaddi is the national game of Bangladesh.
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