Famous Sports Players in India

From the amount of newsprint and daily discussions dedicated to cricket, it is not tough to identify India's favorite sport! Even though hockey is the official Indian sport and football enjoys a fair degree of popularity, the Indian cricket team is the most loved, often despised and debated group of players in the subcontinent.

Aside from cricket, football and hockey - Indians follow lawn tennis, badminton, athletics, weightlifting and boxing. Sports like car racing and mountaineering are popular among the younger generation. Those interested in flexing their mental muscles avidly follow chess.

This interest in Sports is not a recent phenomenon, Indian sports date back to the Vedic Era. The Atharva Veda defines an oath for the sportsman - "Duty in my right hand and the fruits of victory in my left". Since ancient times, sports like Horse Riding, Wrestling, Archery and Athletics have always been very popular. Games like Polo, Chess and even Hockey are said to have their origin in India.

The Indian Department of Sports was set up in 1982 and came to be known as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports since 2000. The ministry provides infrastructure and promotes participation in various events at national and international levels. Individual state governments also have a department of sports which are concerned with the welfare of sports persons and promotion of state level championships. The Sports Authority of India was set up in 1984 to promote sports all over India. The Government takes an active interest in sports and efforts are being made to update facilities and introduce Indian players to international trainers and equipment. India will host the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and has already hosted two Asian Games, in 1951 and 1982.

Indian Sports Awards:
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports rewards exceptional sports persons and performances every year with a presentation ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President of India presents these awards himself.
  • The Best Indian Sports Persons are given the Arjuna Award.
  • The Best Indian Coach is presented with the Dronacharya Award.
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award honors the best performance by a sports person or sports team in a year.

India at the Olympics:
Except for a few brilliant participations in events like Hockey, Track and Field, Archery, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Tennis, and Shooting; India's record in the Olympics has been dismal. The country first participated in the 1900 Olympics in Paris with just a single athlete, Norman Pritchard, who was fortuitously holidaying there. He won two silver medals in the 200 meters dash and 200 meters hurdles. The Indian Olympic Association was formed in 1927 and the first official representation was at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. The Indian Hockey Team won a gold medal that year. The team successfully defended their title for six consecutive Olympics from 1928 to 1956. India won the Hockey gold again in 1964 at Tokyo and 1980 at Moscow. Aside from Pritchard, other successful Olympic Athletes include Henry Rebello, the "Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh and PT Usha. The women's 4x400 meters relay team consisting of PT Usha, MD Valsamma, Shiny Wilson and Vandana Rao reached the finals of the 1984 Olympics. Leander Paes won the bronze medal for the Men's Singles Competition in 1996. Karnam Malleshwari picked up a silver medal for Weightlifting in 2000 while Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the sole silver medal at the 2004 Olympics for shooting.

Your favourite and India's leading sportspersons you'll find them all here.

Famous Badminton Players of India
Anup SridharPrakash PadukoneSaina Nehwal
Aparna PopatPulella GopichandDipankar Bhattacharya
Chetan AnandParupalli KashyapP. V. Sindhu
Famous Boxing Players of India
Mary KomDingko SinghShiva Thapa
Ali Qamar  
Famous Archery Players of India
Dola BanerjeeLimba RamTarundeep Rai
Jayanta Talukdar  
Famous Indian Athletes
Ashwini NachappaSoma BiswasP.T.Usha
Jyotirmoyee SikdarAnju Bobby GeorgeShiny Abraham
KM BeenamolMilkha Singh 
Famous Cricket Players of India
Famous Legendary Cricket Players In India
Kiran MoreAjit WadekarKapil Dev
Javagal SrinathAjay JadejaMadan Lal
G.R. VishwanathC.G. BordeMohammed Azharuddin
E.D. SolkarBishan Singh BediManoj Prabhakar
E.A.S. PrasannaB.S. ChandrashekharMansur Ali Khan Pataudi
Sunil GavaskarB.K. Venkatesh PrasadNavjot Singh Sidhu
D. N. SardesaiDilip VengsarkarSyed Kirmani
C.P.S. Chauhan  
Present Cricketers
Munaf PatelIrfan PathanSachin Tendulkar
Yuvraj SinghDinesh KartikSourav Ganguly
Zaheer KhanAjit AgarkarShikhar Dhawan
Virender SehwagAnil KumbleVirat Kohli
S. SrisanthHarbhajan SinghRavindra Jadeja
Mahender Singh DhoniRahul DravidGautam Gambhir
Murali KartikRP Singh 
Car Racing
Narain KarthikeyanArmaan EbrahimKarun Chandhok
Joshna ChinappaRitwik BhattacharyaSaurav Ghosal
Famous Table Tennis Players of India
Achanta Sharatha KamalMouma DasPoulomi Ghatak
Chetan Baboor  
Bula ChoudhuryMihir Sen 
Famous Indian Shooters
Vijay KumarGagan NarangSamresh Jung
Abhinav BindraJaspal RanaRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Anjali BhagwatManvjit Singh Sandhu 
Famous Golf Players in India
Gaurav GheiJyoti RandhawaArjun Atwal
Jeev Milkha SInghShiv Kapur 
Billiards and snooker
Geet SethiPankaj AdvaniAshok shandilya
Michael Ferreira  
Famous Hockey Players in India
Dilip TirkeyLeslie ClaudiusDhanraj Pillay
Gagan Ajit SinghPargat SinghDhyan Chand
Famous Chess Players in India
Dibyendu BaruaParimarjan NegiKoneru Humpy
K SasikiranSandipan ChandaViswanathan Anand
P Harikrishna  
Famous Football Players in India
Baichung BhutiaDr Talimeran AoInivalappil Mani Vijayan
Famous Lawn Tennis Players in India
Jaidip MukerjeaVijay AmritrajRamanathan Krishnan
Ramesh KrishnanLeander PaesSania Mirza
Rohan BopannaMahesh Bhupathi 
Tenzing Norgay  
Famous Weightlifting Players
Karnam MalleshwariN. Kunjarani Devi 
Famous Wrestling Players
Dalip Singh RanaGulamThe Great Gama
Dara SinghPalwinder Singh CheemaYogeshwar Dutt
Gobar GohaPanne Lal YadavNarsingh Pancham Yadav
Sakshi Malik

Last Updated on : August 23, 2016


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