Major Achievements of India in Sports

29 Aug 2023  Read 18570 Views

Hey Sports Enthusiasts, we wish you all a very Happy National Sports Day. Last year on 29 August 2023, marks a day of nationwide triumph as India comes together to celebrate National Sports Day. But do you know on which legendary player’s birth anniversary it is celebrated?

Stay with us till the end to know the answer. Recently, India's dominance in the World Athletics Championship has brought the nation's sporting talent to the forefront of global athletics.

Let's celebrate this day by showcasing India's dominance in major sports and getting to know our commitment to sporting pursuits through this blog. Let's Get Started.

India’s Dominance in different sports

National Sports Day goes beyond honouring individual athletes; it indicates the dawn of a new era in Indian sports. This observance underscores the importance of physical fitness, galvanizing people of all ages to embrace active lifestyles. In a world full of sedentary habits, this day is a reminder for all of us to adopt a healthier lifestyle, inspiring people to pursue wellness through sports.

But this significance extends beyond fitness – it's a celebration of India's athletes who have carved their names on the global podium. From wrestling to badminton, cricket to track and field, India's athletes have shattered records and defied the odds. Let’s dive into individual sports and our reigning supremacy.

  1. Cricket

Perhaps the most popular sport in India, or rather 'EMOTION' of India, is Cricket. India dominated the most under the legendary captaincy of Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni with the following titles:

  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2007 

  • ICC Men’s World Cup 1983 & 2011

  • ICC Men’s Champions Trophy 2013

  • Test Mace Winner 2010 & 2011

  1. Badminton

India's badminton players have risen to remarkable heights on the international stage, through their phenomenal performances changing the landscape of a sport once largely dominated by Chinese, Korean, and Malaysian athletes. 

  • In recent times, the Indian contingent has showcased their exceptional skill set and game awareness by winning the Thomas Cup, a momentous achievement that marked India's first-ever victory in the tournament. 

  • PV Sindhu and Sania Nehwal's dominance in badminton has earned them a unique place in Indian sports. 

  • They have showcased exceptional consistency and talent on the grandest stage, Hence becoming the "medal icons” of India and inspiring millions.

  • Their achievements symbolize the pinnacle of hard work and dedication in their respective sports.

  • Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Chirag Shetty, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, are a few other flag bearers of Indian badminton.

  1. Hockey 

Remember the question we asked at the beginning of the blog. The answer is hockey which had the world on his stick. With three Olympic gold medals, he was the poster boy of Indian hockey for decades. Major Dhyan Chand's birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day in India. 

  • The Men in Blue have secured a staggering 8 gold medals in the Olympics, a record that no other team has managed to replicate. Notably, 5 of these gold medals were claimed after India's independence. 

  • Their reign of supremacy is most evident in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where they clinched their last Olympic gold. 

  • The hockey national team also clinched the World Cup once in 1975, solidifying their status as giants of the sport.

Apart from the Men's Hockey Team, the Women's National Hockey Team has been performing extraordinarily well. Recently, the Women’s Hockey Team gave us a major Chak De India! moment by winning the FIH Nations Cup in Spain. This victory secured their participation in the FIH Pro League in the upcoming season, a significant milestone for women's hockey in India. 

  • Last Year, The Indian Women's Hockey Team clinched the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022, bagging their first medal at the competition after 16 teams

  1. Football

Football is easily one of those sports that has stupendously grown in recent years under the leadership of Legend Sunil Chettri. 

  • The 1950s to early 1960s marked the Golden Era of Indian football. Under the guidance of the legendary Syed Abdul Rahim, the Indian football team earned the moniker 'Brazil of Asia.' 

  • The Indian Men’s Football team broke the headlines recently when they defeated Kuwait in a nail-biting penalty shootout to win the SAFF Championship for the ninth time.

  • With this win, the Indian Men’s Football team aims for a Golden Run in the upcoming Asian Games.

  1. Athletics

We are sure only one name comes to your mind when we say the word “Javelin”- Neeraj Chopra: Man with ‘Golden Arm'.

  • Javelin throw sensation Neeraj Chopra continued to dazzle in the 2023 World Athletic Championship, securing a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships. 

  • With his remarkable consistency, he clinched his first Diamond League title as well. His success has turned him into a global icon and a symbol of India's athletic prowess.

  • Apart from the Javelin throw,  the 4x400m men’s relay team aced the track and ran a historic race at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, finishing second in the heats with an Asian record (AR) of 2 minutes 59.05 seconds. The quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi, and Rajesh Ramesh put in a stunning display to finish above an athletics powerhouse like Great Britain (2:59.42 seconds) and qualify for the final of the World Athletics Championships. 

  • P.T. Usha won the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Olympics.

  1. Wrestling

The home sport of our medal state - Haryana has been the pride of the nation when it comes to Wrestling as the state has produced some of the greatest wrestlers the world has ever witnessed.

  • The world of wrestling saw two shining stars, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, secure bronze medals at the World Championships 2022. 

  • This accomplishment is monumental as the event is known for its tough competition. 

  • Sushil Kumar won the bronze medal in wrestling at the 2012 Olympics.

  1. Chess

Chess is one of the oldest games that is traced back to the 6th century. It is known to have originated in India and was called "Chaturanga”

  • Viswanathan Anand's impact on Indian chess is immeasurable. In 2000, he became the first Indian to conquer the World Chess Championships.

  • His subsequent four titles cemented his status as a chess grandmaster, elevating India's presence in the global chess arena. 

  • Recently Indian Chess Prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhha made the entire country proud even if his dream run in the Chess World Cup ended in heartbreak earlier this week. 

  • The 18-year-old went toe-to-toe with the best chess players in the world throughout the 2023 FIDE Chess World Cup. 

  1. Shooting

In India, Abhinav Bindra's name shines brightly in the landscape of air rifle events. 

  • The 2008 Beijing Olympics marked a defining moment as Bindra secured a historic gold medal in shooting men’s 10-metre air rifle event. 

  • Bindra's achievement was more than just a victory; he became the first person to bag an Olympic medal in an individual sport in the Olympics.

  • Ravi Kumar and Manu Bhaker are the future stars of Indian Shooting.

Conclusion

In celebrating National Sports Day 2023, we pay homage not just to legendary players but to the spirit of sportsmanship that runs through India's veins. It is important to give due credit to the government's efforts and initiatives like “Khelo India” which played a pivotal role in scouting emerging young talents. These initiatives foster an environment where potential meets opportunity, creating a breeding ground for future champions.

From cricket to badminton, hockey to athletics, wrestling to chess, our athletes have broken barriers, set records, and continue to inspire generations. Their dedication embodies the nation's never-say-die attitude, proving that excellence in sports is both a personal achievement and a national triumph. As we celebrate this day, let's reflect on our collective journey towards sporting greatness and continue to stand united in our love for sports.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: What is the significance of National Sports Day?

National Sports Day, celebrated on August 29th, honours the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, a legendary hockey player. This day highlights the importance of sports in our lives, promoting physical fitness, and honoring exceptional athletes.

Q2: Who won the Gold Medal in the World Athletic Championship 2023?

Neeraj Chopra won the Gold Medal in the World Athletic Championship 2023. He brought India to the forefront of the global athletics scene.

Q3: Who was the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics?

Abhinav Bindra etched his name in history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. He achieved this feat in shooting men's 10-meter air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Q4: Which team marked India's first-ever victory in the Thomas Cup?

India's badminton team achieved a historic milestone by winning the Thomas Cup, marking the nation's first-ever victory in this prestigious tournament.

Q5: Who emerged victorious in the SAFF Championship in Indian men's football?

The Indian Men's Football Team clinched victory in the SAFF Championship, showcasing their growing ambitions and adding to India's sporting achievements.

About the Author: Devansh Dixit | 35 Post(s)

Devansh is a 4th-year law student from Amity Law School Noida (Uttar Pradesh), currently interning at Finology Legal. He is specialising in business and commercial laws. 

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