Sports in India

Field Hockey

History

Field hockey was introduced to India in 1885 by British Army Regiments, and it grew in popularity very quickly. The first known clubs showed up in Calcutta between 1885 and 1886, and soon there were also clubs in Bombay and Punjab. Within 10 years, India joined the International Field Hockey League, hosting the Beighton Cup in 1895 and the Aga Khan tournament in 1896. India made their Olympic debut in the 1928 Amsterdam Games, where the men's team had an outstanding performance. They won a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics, and they continued to win the gold in every Olympics until Pakistan beat them in the 1956 Rome Olympic Games. India won two more gold medals in 1964 and 1980. India has 8 gold medals, making them the national team with the most gold medals in Olympic field hockey. Field hockey was named the national sport of India between 1885 and 1886.

Amazing Players

Throughout history, India has had some of the best field hockey players. The most amazing player is Dhyan Chand, the "Hockey Wizard". He really exceeded the boundaries of filed hockey, helping India win many games last minute, and is the proud owner of 3 Olympic gold medals. India also had Leslie Claudius, one of the best right halves of field hockey. He won 3 gold medals in a row at the Olympics, and he was hoping to win a fourth, but India lost to Pakistan in the final match, but he is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most Olympic medals in field hockey. Balbir Singh Sr was the best center-forwards India has ever had. He was part of one of the field hockey teams to win 3 consecutive gold medals in the Olympics. He was just the first of many Singhs to play for India's filed hockey team. After him came Ajit Pal Singh, who was the best center-half they have ever had, and he was made captain of the team for the 1975 World Cup. The next Singh was Udham Singh, who received the Arjuna Award and was one of the best coach and player they have had. There are many more important players in htis sport for India, but these are the top 5 players.

Did you know?

India has had 5 players with the same name, Singh. At the moment they have a sixth Singh. What a family!

India's Accomplishments

India has won many awards and tournaments over the years. They have won 8 gold medals in the Olympics. 6 of those medals were consecutive, an the other two came in later. India has also won one silver medal and 2 bronze medals in the Olympics. The men's team has also won other tournaments, such as the World Cup, the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament, and the SAAF Games. They have never won the Champions Trophy. The women's hockey team has also won many titles, but not in the Olympics. They have been the champions in the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asia Cup, and the Afro-Asian games. India's women's hockey team has the most success in the Asia Cup, where they have won 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Overall, India has 2 amazing field hockey teams, both with multiple accomplishments.

Did You Know?

Hockey is considered the national sport of India, even though cricket is the most popular sport.