Although today the games and sports of the colonial origin, like Football (soccer), cricket, have taken over the lion's share of Indian society, the traditional sports merits a special mention for their variety and the excitement they can generate.
A large number of traditional sports are still practised in the rural India with great enthusiasm. One strikingly common aspect of the traditional sports of India is the minimum use of instruments. The emphasis is largely on physical fitness and competence.
Some of traditional sports, like Chess, Kabaddi, which had their origin in India, have gained prominence over the world.
Even the Indian religions had been instrumental in the invention and practice of some traditional sports in India. Quite a few traditional sports imbibed the forms of war and gratified the man's instinctive desire to fight in a more creative way.
Last Updated on : 09/10/2013