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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 4×400 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 Sridhar Prakash Padukone Saina Nehwal
Aparna Popat Pulella Gopichand Dipankar Bhattacharya
Chetan Anand Parupalli Kashyap P. V. Sindhu
Famous Boxing Players of India
Mary Kom Dingko Singh Shiva Thapa
Ali Qamar
Famous Archery Players of India
Dola Banerjee Limba Ram Tarundeep Rai
Jayanta Talukdar
Famous Indian Athletes
Ashwini Nachappa Soma Biswas P.T.Usha
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Anju Bobby George Shiny Abraham
KM Beenamol Milkha Singh
Famous Cricket Players of India
Famous Legendary Cricket Players In India
Kiran More Ajit Wadekar Kapil Dev
Javagal Srinath Ajay Jadeja Madan Lal
G.R. Vishwanath C.G. Borde Mohammed Azharuddin
E.D. Solkar Bishan Singh Bedi Manoj Prabhakar
E.A.S. Prasanna B.S. Chandrashekhar Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
Sunil Gavaskar B.K. Venkatesh Prasad Navjot Singh Sidhu
D. N. Sardesai Dilip Vengsarkar Syed Kirmani
C.P.S. Chauhan
Present Cricketers
Munaf Patel Irfan Pathan Sachin Tendulkar
Yuvraj Singh Dinesh Kartik Sourav Ganguly
Zaheer Khan Ajit Agarkar Shikhar Dhawan
Virender Sehwag Anil Kumble Virat Kohli
S. Srisanth Harbhajan Singh Ravindra Jadeja
Mahender Singh Dhoni Rahul Dravid Gautam Gambhir
Murali Kartik RP Singh
Car Racing
Narain Karthikeyan Armaan Ebrahim Karun Chandhok
Joshna Chinappa Ritwik Bhattacharya Saurav Ghosal
Famous Table Tennis Players of India
Achanta Sharatha Kamal Mouma Das Poulomi Ghatak
Chetan Baboor
Bula Choudhury Mihir Sen
Famous Indian Shooters
Vijay Kumar Gagan Narang Samresh Jung
Abhinav Bindra Jaspal Rana Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Anjali Bhagwat Manvjit Singh Sandhu
Famous Golf Players in India
Gaurav Ghei Jyoti Randhawa Arjun Atwal
Jeev Milkha SIngh Shiv Kapur
Billiards and snooker
Geet Sethi Pankaj Advani Ashok shandilya
Michael Ferreira
Famous Hockey Players in India
Dilip Tirkey Leslie Claudius Dhanraj Pillay
Gagan Ajit Singh Pargat Singh Dhyan Chand
Famous Chess Players in India
Dibyendu Barua Parimarjan Negi Koneru Humpy
K Sasikiran Sandipan Chanda Viswanathan Anand
P Harikrishna
Famous Football Players in India
Baichung Bhutia Dr Talimeran Ao Inivalappil Mani Vijayan
Famous Lawn Tennis Players in India
Jaidip Mukerjea Vijay Amritraj Ramanathan Krishnan
Ramesh Krishnan Leander Paes Sania Mirza
Rohan Bopanna Mahesh Bhupathi
Tenzing Norgay
Famous Weightlifting Players
Karnam Malleshwari N. Kunjarani Devi
Famous Wrestling Players
Dalip Singh Rana Gulam The Great Gama
Dara Singh Palwinder Singh Cheema Yogeshwar Dutt
Gobar Goha Panne Lal Yadav Narsingh Pancham Yadav
Sakshi Malik