One of the most ancient games that originated in India, Chess was initially called ‘Ashtapada’. The game then came to be called as ‘Chaturanga’ during the rule of Gupta Empire. Persians who travelled to ancient India had picked up the game and named it as ‘Shatranj’.
What is the history of Indian sports?
India has a sports history that goes back thousands of years. The game of dice was also mentioned in the famous Indian epic – Mahabharata. It is believed that chess, too, originated in India. Ancient Indian texts acknowledge the presence of archery, wrestling, swordsmanship and boxing.
Which is the oldest sport in the world?
The World’s Oldest Sports
- Prehistoric cave paintings have been found in Japan illustrating a sport that looks like sumo wrestling. …
- Oldest team sport.
- Polo first appeared in Persia around 2,500 years ago, making it the oldest known team sport… and one for the rich and wealthy, as team members had to have their own horse.
Which one is the oldest football club in India *?
Sarada FC was the oldest Indian football club. Calcutta FC was the first club to be established in 1872. Other early clubs include Dalhousie Club, Traders Club and Naval Volunteers Club. In 1889 India’s oldest current team Mohun Bagan A.C. was founded as “Mohun Bagan Sporting Club”.
Why sports is not given importance in India?
One reason is undoubtedly money. India, despite its space programme and burgeoning population of billionaires, is still a very poor nation in terms of per capita income, and sport has never been a priority for the government, according to Shiva Keshavan. Keshavan is far and away India’s greatest Winter Olympian.