India and Hockey: What is the history of hockey in India, how it became popular in every corner of the country
The popularity of hockey can be gauged from the fact that it is played in the Olympic Games. Apart from this, big competitions like Hockey World Cup, Champions Trophy and FIH Pro League are also played.
Even though cricket is very popular in India. But the national game here is hockey. This is the reason that people’s interest in hockey is also visible. However, hardly everyone knows about hockey as much as cricket. Today we are going to give you information about hockey and its history in India. Hockey World Cup is being organized in India. In such a situation, everyone is eager to know about hockey. The popularity of hockey can be gauged from the fact that it is played in the Olympic Games. Apart from this, big competitions like Hockey World Cup, Champions Trophy and FIH Pro League are also played.
beginning of hockey
The history of hockey is very old. According to the information, it has been running since the 16th century. According to the information about its beginning, it started in Scotland in 1527. But some records also show that this game was also played in Egypt. Some historians claim that hockey was played 4000 years ago. But its evidence is rarely seen. With the coming of the 18th and 19th centuries, it gradually became popular. Initially, hockey was played for fun. Later many changes were made in it. In the early days, hockey was played in Arab and Greek countries. But with the expansion of British rule, hockey also expanded. It is being played in many countries. Hockey was gaining popularity in the countries where the British used to rule. In India too, hockey was first included in the army.
hockey in india
Speaking of hockey, it was introduced in India by the regiment of the British Army. Its popularity grew so much that it was later included in the Games. Hockey was first played in Asia in India. Gradually the popularity of hockey increased in India. In the early days, hockey was played in schools. The first hockey club in India and was formed in Kolkata in 1855. After this, hockey clubs were also formed in Mumbai and Punjab. Hockey was first included in the Olympics in 1908. India did not get a chance to play in the first two Asian Games. But in the third Asian Games, India performed well in hockey and won.
From the point of view of hockey, the period from 1928 to 1956 has been the golden period for India. India performed so well in the field of hockey that it became the national game. The Indian hockey team made its Olympic debut in 1928. It is said that when the Indian team for the 1928 Olympic Games was leaving from Mumbai port, only 3 people turned up to see it off. But the Indian team returned from there after winning the gold medal, then thousands of people had welcomed the Indian team. India was placed in Group A of the 1928 Olympic Games, which had teams from Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria.
There used to be a large number of vacant grounds in India. Apart from this, playing hockey did not require much equipment. Only then this game had become the first choice of youth to children in India. It is also claimed that during 1907-08 there was talk about the establishment of the Hockey Association of India. But did not get success. Later in 1925 the Indian Hockey Federation was established. India’s hockey team did an international tour for the first time in 1926, when New Zealand went on tour. During this, the Indian team had played 21 matches in which it had won 18. Dhyanchand was seen by the whole world in this tournament.
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