Indian athletics dreaming of Olympic medals (Part 1)

As the 2nd most populous country in the world but India has not won a athletics medal at the Olympics. Therefore, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is hoping he can change this.

Chopra knows just how valuable an Olympic athletics medal is for Indian athletes, but the gold medal he recently won at the Commonwealth Games has helped him get More confidence before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In fact, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also recognized India had a silver medal at the Norman Pritchard hurdles in 1900, just before it gained independence from Britain. So far, the second most populous nation in the world seems to have not had an Olympic medal in athletics.

Hope for India now rests on Chopra, the 20-year-old athlete who just won a gold medal at the javelin throwing at the Commonwealth Games held in Carrara, Australia. It should be added that the former world champion in the youth tournament is only the third person to win a gold and athletics medal for India at the Commonwealth Games, after sprinting athlete Milkha Singh in 1958 and the Discus thrower Vikas Gowda 2014.

“It was my first Commonwealth Games and I started thinking about how hard I practiced to get that moment,” Chopra said. “The greatest joy for me is that I went down in history when I won India’s first gold medal at the javelin.”

In fact, Olympic success has always eluded Indian athletics and they have only the two most famous stars who have had the opportunity to stand on the medal stand including Milkha Singh and P.T. Usha.

Singh did not win the 400m bronze medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 after a picture at the finish line showed him fourth, while Usha also fell into despair 24 years later when she came fourth. a picture of the finish line at a 400m hurdle at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.


NBA considered an Indian basketball tournament in 2-3 years

The National Basketball Association (NBA) may launch a professional basketball tournament in India in the next two to three years. After hosting the NBA Pre-season matches in India earlier this year, the North American professional basketball tournament is said to be considering to start the overseas version of the NBA league abroad.

If all goes well, India will get the second NBA professional league outside of North America. The first will take place in March next year in Africa – African Basketball League. BAL was announced in February this year and the logo was launched last week.

The NBA reportedly has a fan base of 110 million in India and about 78% of the audience of pre-season Indian games came from the Hindi-speaking market. That opened up a new market for domestic sports.

Indian NBA chief executive Rajesh Sethi confirmed to the Daily Economic Times that the Indian league version could be launched in 2022-23. The success of the Indian game has triggered a inflection point for the NBA in India. Although it has generated a lot of buzz in India, it has also marked many boxes for us. It has sent an internal message that India is ready for the next leap. The games also put India on the radar of other teams and players, and every day, the business cited Sethi.

“We have tried to build an ecosystem for domestic basketball and a tournament that will create a great economic value for players, who can then play in small or large tournaments.”

This is only a confirmation of the statement of NBA commissioner Adam Silver, during his visit to India for the Indiana Pacers-Sacramento Kings match that the NBA has seriously considered to launch a tournament in India within 5 next year.

NBA participated in the grassroots program, NBA with Reliance-Foundation or NBA Academy. The tournament could be the culmination of NBA protracted efforts to dominate the Indian market.

According to the report, NBA India has received interest from more than 25 businesses to buy teams. We still have not finalized the number of teams/franchises we should have. It could be anything between 8 and 12, but for now, its work is underway, Set Sethi told ET.

We also made the list of 22 arenas, he said and added that the Indian NBA has 120 players and there will be international players who want to come and play domestically. The main NBA League, with 30 teams, outlines 450 players per season, of which more than 100 are from outside the United States.


How is kabaddi in each particular areas? (Part 2)


At the North Asian games held in 1900, India won the Gold Medal while Pakistan took third place.

In the next version, Pakistan was defeated by India 42-20 in the group stage.

The 1998 version in Bangkok saw India win with a 17-9 victory over their traditional rivals.

At the Busan Asian Games, the Indian champion won with a score of 37-7 before the Pakistani winner.

The 2006 edition of the Asian Games, India far surpassed Pakistan 35-23 to once again be the champions.

The Indian champion won a third Pakistani team in the 2010 Asian Games.

Pakistan once again placed its claim on a bronze medal while India laid its hands on coveted gold in its first consecutive appearance in the Olympic Games.

During the 2010 South Asian Games, the last game saw a fierce Indian-Pakistan rematch, where India finally emerged victorious.


India has won every single version of the Circle Style World Cup, with Pakistan claiming silver four times.

Pakistan’s Arch rivals were defeated by India in a successive final: 58-24 in 2010, 59-25 in 2012, 48-39 in 2013 and 45-42 in 2014.

The 2014 fight was a tightly organized match, but the crime of playing badly against the champions finally caught the attention of the world. Given the allegations of biased marring gameplay, the 2014 games are still one of the most controversial in recent sports history.

Star Sports’s unique initiative – Star Sports Pro Kabaddi – brought players from Pakistan to partner with Indians at the tournament. Two Pakistani players – Waseem Sajjad and Nasir Ali – were registered by Patna Pirates for Pro Kabaddi’s 2015 season. Waseem Sajjad is also part of the 2014 edition, while Nasir Ali is included in the second season.


So much so that the Kabaddi World Cup is a much-anticipated sporting event in the world stage now. Founded in 2004, the World Cup hosted four successful editions. With consecutive championships in Mumbai, Panvel and Ahmedabad, the 2019 event will be the first to appear abroad in Dubai.

International Kabaddi Federation Chairman Janardan Singh Gehlot called the move to Dubai an aim to make the sport more global while incorporating diversity into its world.


How is kabaddi in each particular area? (Part 1)


Typically a sport of Indian origin, Kabaddi has a presence across the entire length and width of the country. And although professionally, this sport has become popular in recent times, it does not lose the fact that the sport has been brought to world glory with an Indian connection. .

The international exposure the sport received during the 1936 Olympics was allowed courtesy Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal from Amaravati in Maharashtra. The game was introduced during the Indian Olympic Games in Calcutta in 1938.

The All-India Kabaddi Federation was established in 1950 while the Indian Kabaddi Federation (AKFI) was established in 1973. Under the auspices of AKFI, this sport has been included in the framework of several Official rules. The first male citizens were held in Madras (renamed Chennai) after the establishment of AKFI.

It was an Indian Sundar Ram, who introduced and popularized the game in Japan, when he visited the country in 1979 on behalf of the Kabaddi Asian Amateur Federation for two months to introduce the game there.


Bangladesh and India also had their first confrontation at Kabaddi competition in 1979. Incidentally, Kabaddi is now the national sport of Bangladesh, where a variation of a game called ha-du-du is very popular. Without any certain rules, du-du-du is played differently in different regions of the country.

1980 saw the first Asian Kabaddi Championship held, where India emerged as the champion, beating Bangladesh in the final. Other countries participating in the tournament are Nepal, Malaysia and Japan.

The game was included for the first time in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, where seven teams participated. Now it is played nationally and internationally around the world.

India has also been the champion in the three World Cups held so far.


In any form of sport, the Indian-Pakistani rivalry always produces great anticipation. And especially in a game of Kabaddi, originating from both countries, it is clear that the expectation and affection suddenly rise.

With a record 100% against Pakistan, India is undoubtedly the most admired opponent in the case of the game against its rivals. Victims of all eight games of the Asian Games and in the five games of the Round Style continue to create India’s supremacy over rivals in this sport.


Everything you need to know about Kabaddi (Part 3)


Player 7 sweats in the 40 minute game, with one player being revived against an opponent who plays.


Same with player 7, but the only difference that the player out remained remained until all his team members were eliminated.


Also known as kauddi, Punjabi Kabaddi is a version of the game that has distinct regional variations but with a common connection played on a circular pitch of 22 diameter.


Sanjeevani’s way with the same time frame but with the rule change when the eliminated player is still in the playing field.


Kabaddi is a versatile game in which it can be played under variations and in different settings. At the same time, the flexibility of the rules allows for better gameplay adjustments. Accordingly, international competitions including sports have also been launched in many games.


Conducted by the International Kabaddi Federation, the Kabaddi World Cup (standard style) is an outdoor international competition played by both male and female teams.

Originating from India and governed by the Punjab State Government, the Kabaddi World Cup circle is a standard style game in that it is an indoor tournament.


Since debuting at Asian games in 1990, Kabaddi has had a strong presence and witnessed tremendous madness afterwards.


Founded in 2014 with participating teams owned by famous and similar people, this Kabaddi tournament has been extremely popular among the Indian masses.


The Pakistan Parallels of Pro Kabaddi Indian Federation.


Kabaddi Pro Federation in India for women.


The second professional Kabaddi tournament in India.

In addition, there are the Kabaddi Asian Championships and the Kabaddi Masters as well as a host of other national competitions celebrating the sport.

Kabaddi as a sport has grown tremendously over the years. With the special style and the rules of the game all incorporated in the modern version of this sport, the game has evolved into a game that has a wider scope and generated greater interest.


Everything you need to know about Kabaddi (Part 2)


This is the internationally recognized version of Kabaddi. With two teams of seven members (plus the reserve 3 members) fighting on the battlefield, the game is played with a half minute of 20 minutes, with a break of half a minute of 5.

The size of the playing field varies for both male and female games – namely a field of 10 equals 13 for men and one of 8 equals 12 for girls.

During the ‘raid’ during each play, the offensive player, called the raider, ran into the defending team and tried to tag as many members as possible. All while being in the territory of the security team and also maintaining a continuous spell of K Kdidi.


For each tagged defender, a point is scored. Stepping over the reward line while in enemy territory will result in additional points to the raid’s team.

The defensive team scores when successful in stopping the raid’s progress.


Tagged players are declared out of the game, along with players who step out of bounds.

For each score scored from the card or the next deal, a player will be revived. However, there was no recovery compared to the bonus points.

If the entire team exits at the same time, the attacking team will score two bonus points.


An empty raid is one in which the raid does not score a point. On the other hand, a super raid is one in which the raider scored three or more points.


Two consecutive empty raids means that the next raid is in a state where a ‘do or die’ raid is required and a positive score is scored. Also, when the defending team has fewer than four players, the tackles are worth 2 points.


In the country that has witnessed the origin and evolution of Kabaddi as a sport for decades, this game is played in an easy-to-understand manner in most forms. However, there are four main variants that have been recognized by the amateur federation.


Everything you need to know about Kabaddi (Part 1)

Do you often spend the afternoons of your childhood fighting it on the kabaddi ground? If you happen to belong to the pre-smartphone era, you’ll know calling a good ‘fighting game’!

Pulling and pulling on clothes and hair, when you try to hold your breath while being ‘tied’ or simply when you risk just for a touch, are intricate parts of the kabaddi game.

But the pity that the game has satisfied a ‘generation of children’ is not considered its worthiness. As a result, back not so long, this fascinating sport is still out of bounds as a professional vocation.

However, in recent years, the scenario has somewhat changed. With more and more people escaping the hype of crickets and a larger number even dreaming of making it big in the sports world, there has been a dramatic change in perception.


Interestingly, Kabaddi, as a contact sport, originated from India. And it is believed that as a prehistoric sport, Kabaddi was trained to drive away the invaders. However, the true story is a split from it.

Said to have originated some 3,000-5,000 years ago during the Kurukshetra war, Kabaddi has a loyal following to the Abhimanyu warrior.

There is a striking similarity between modern Kabaddi matches and the way Abhimanyu was captured by Kauravas.

Perhaps the only fighting sport in which defense is a collective effort while the offense is one-man, Kabaddi is known by many as the Games of Masses and creates madness in the audience. fake. With the thrill and excitement dominating every moment of the game, it’s no wonder that the popularity of this sport is growing rapidly on the world stage.

Millions of people from many 65 countries around the world play this game in many different forms.

Playing between two teams consisting of seven players each, the modern form of the game is a combination of several old versions of the same sport.

Kabaddi is a game of strategy as well as strength. Endurance and agility, muscular coordination, fast movement as well as a sharp and open mind are important elements needed for the game.


Why is Indian football called a new phenomenon (Part 2)

More attractive than Brazil

All forms of support that football fans in Europe, especially in the UK, are decrying and criticizing for game ruin are enriched in India. Because of that, a difference between the passion of exploiting endless profits of economists, oil tycoons, billionaires who want to use football to profit against a young football background is trying hard to build the image.

Football in India and their fans are still very carefree and innocent. So when ISL suddenly became the name of attention, the heathen also began to notice and analyze this “market”.

The opening match drew 65,000 fans to Salt Lake Stadium during Atletico’s match against Mumbai City. The number of viewers watching on the TV is 74 million 700 thousand people. Particularly the first week, the tournament attracted all 170 million 600 thousand people. The ISL official website has 16 million views of videos coming back throughout the tournament. The whole site alone has 28 million 700 thousand visits.

The hashtags that have become the most used trend on Indian Twitter are all about football, like #ISLfie, #letsfootball, #fatafatifootball. In all, there are 1 million 800 conversations on Twiter and Facebook talking about ISL. The semi-final between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters drew 1 million 100 online video followers, the highest rate of any sport in India.

Merging I-League and ISL?

In fact, the official Indian tournament recognized by FIFA is now the I-league. But with the growing spread of ISL, does the Indian football federation (AIFF) need to rethink? Fans are talking about the plan to merge ISL with I-League not only to attract the audience for the Premier League but also to increase the commercial value for Indian football.

However, Novy Kapadia, an Indian football analyst, disagrees with this opinion. Perhaps AIFF or its fans should wait to see how long ISL maintains its appeal and transparency.


Why is Indian football called a new phenomenon ? (Part 1)

With the first season full of surprises, the quality of the ISL (India Super League) tournament – The Indian Super League is being considered a new phenomenon on the world football map.

The goal from the last seconds of Mohammed Rafique helped Atletico de Kolkata win the championship. At the same time, ISL is also now recognized as the tournament with the largest audience to see the fourth planet.

Famous bosses

ISL suddenly became a fan favorite after their football clubs were invested by former stars who have been very successful with other sports.

As Atletico is co-owned by former cricket star Sourav Ganguly. The team they defeated in the final was Kerala Blasters, and was given a stake by Sachin Tendulkar, who was honored as one of India’s best sports athletes of all time. When such names appear again with a new role on the football field, special effects are created, especially after the game when people shoot the scene of them hugging and telling intimate gossip.

Even Bollywood stars also appeared in the stands to enjoy the football festival atmosphere with 37,000 other fans. They clapped and cheered and rocked the DY Patil yard in Mumbai last Saturday night. Most people recognize that this is a great sports day of the country with the highest population in the world.

Not inferior to the fans of other famous tournaments in Germany, England, Spain, the Indian audience on the pitch also celebrated. The closing ceremony has enough fireworks, flares, famous fast food items for VIP seats. Rarely do people know of such a party India because up to now, they have not had an opportunity to expose their “wild” under the ritual, strict form, tradition of family, society.

The average number of spectators who come to the field to watch each game is 24,000 357, just below the football giants Bundesliga, Premier League and La Liga. Meaning, Indian football is said to be more attractive than France, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, China, the leading countries in this field.


The reason for the success of African athletics (Part 2)

Clearly, the factors that make up the top athletes are much more complicated than that, not just by a dominant gene in the body. Most recently, a team of geneticists at the University of Glasgow, Scotland proposed that the genomes of the most successful athletes were combined, influenced by different genetic traits.

While waiting for the final results of the gene’s impact, another reason is given to explain that athletes from Africa often have to walk or run long distances from an early age. Stories of athletes from Ethiopia, Jamaica or Kenya walking to school about 5 to 20km have become familiar.

However, scientists in Northern Europe have demonstrated that early training does not give too many advantages to African athletes. The report shows that the Nordic athletes with VO2max (the maximum amount of oxygen that the body can load and consume in a minute) is not inferior to their African colleagues. In other words, the fitness level of African athletes is not different.

So where is the difference? Scientists believe that altitude is part of the answer. Many famous athletes of Kenya and Ethiopia were born and raised in an area of ​​2,000-2,500 m above sea level. This helps them improve the amount of hemoglobin (a protein in the blood that helps transport oxygen throughout the body) and haematocrit (the volume of red blood cells), leading to better working capacity of the muscles.

Not only that, East African athletes also have the ability to train with high intensity at this height. Iten and Addis Ababa – the two main training centers of Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes – are located at an altitude of about 2,400m above sea level.

It is the training in such strenuous conditions that helps African athletes adapt to running fast and durable without releasing much lactic acid which causes fatigue, contributing to significantly improving running performance.

There will be more research done but until now, it can be seen that the two good factors that make an important contribution to the success of African athletes come from special mechanics as well as forging ability and being trained in difficult conditions.