Motorsport is a very popular form of sport amongst the Indian youth. The development of the sports took off in India only post the 2000s, with two popular Indian drivers, Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok the flag-bearers.
The first ever Formula One Indian Grand Prix event was held in 2011, at the Buddh International Circuit. India is also represented in F1 by the name Force India Formula One Team Limited which is managed by a wealthy Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.
The team was based at Silverstone, United Kingdom and competed in Formula One for ten successive years from 2008–2018. However, they couldn’t achieve much success in that one decade. (The highest position in the Formula One Constructors Championship was fourth in the 2016 season.) The owners had to sell off the company as a result.
Table Tennis is a immensely popular indoor sport in India. However, it is most famous in states such as West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The Table Tennis Federation of India is the sports’ official governing body.
TT’s popularity grew significantly only in the last few years. Currently, Indian Men’s Team is ranked 10th and Women’s team ranked 22nd in the World.
In India, Boxing did not interest a large audience but had a significant fan following. The reason behind the lack of attention to the game was the lack of international victories. However, the sport now is gaining popularity.
Boxing came into limelight after Indian wrestler Vijender Singh brought home a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the world and also has a long history in India. The sport has gained popularity over time and has brought India a number of medals from many major tournaments.
Indian wrestlers have taken Indian wrestling to a greater level with at least a medal at every Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Games.
Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world and enjoys a considerable following in India. India has had many tennis players who have achieved international recognition and have made their presence in some of the top tennis tournaments and grand slams.
Who doesn’t know Sania Mirza? She is a famous tennis player, former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline. She has won six Grand Slam titles in her career, From the beginning until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the WTA as India’s No. 1 player in both the categories. Mirza has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player ever.
Kabaddi is a contact sport that originated in ancient India. It is one of the most popular sports in India. This traditional sport was mainly played in villages but now has the turned into an international sport
There are four forms of Kabaddi played in India namely Amar, Siranjeevi, Huttuttoo, and Gaminee. Siranjeevi is the form used in international matches generally.
India won gold medals at the Asian Games in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 in this discipline. India has also won all six Kabaddi world cups played till now. Iran is the three times runner-up of world cups.