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INDIAN SPORTS: Traditional V.S. Modern

Preslav Kovatche v  and Farbod Latif  


     Indians enjoy playing sports and other various activities. Similar to how they believe their religion is important to their life. One of the most important sports that Indians play is Cricket. Some games that Indians play include: Archery, Basketball, Hockey, Kho-Kho, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Handball, Kabaddi, and Volleyball. You may find that some of these sports us Americans play, but India is full of tradition and there is many more traditional sports that are not on the modern list.



Cricket originated sometime in

the Dark Ages. Almost every researcher concedes that the game began from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served up an object (a small wood ball or rock), and another person hit it with a suitably fashioned club. Now the game has developed into a club-ball game here the hitter defends a target against the thrower. When cricket was developed it was considered a child's game but times have changed and know you game see four year old's playing the game to 70 year old's playing. The game is cricket is the second most popular sport in the world second only to the game of soccer. Today in India there is a league called the IPL where 10 teams compete to become the champion. The league can be compared to the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, ect.






Kho-Kho is one of the most traditional and popular sports known in India. The game is simply played like Run Chase. The players try to catch the others by running and touching them. In ancient times, Kho-Kho was played in chariots called Rathera. It is a simple outdoors activity and inexpensive. In order to be able to succeed in this game, it demands athletical/physical fitness, speed, stamina, and strength. Kho-Kho develops important qualities such as obedience, discipline, sportsmanship, and loyalty to other team members as well. In the beginning of the 20th Century, the rules of the game began to be framed. Kho-Kho can be played by men, women, and children of all ages. 





Tennis originated from a 12th Century French game called paume, meaning palm. Tennis used to be a ball game played with the hand. The game spread and evolved in Europe. In 1873, the modern outdoor tennis was developed. The game was developed by European monks to be played by for entertainment purposes during religious ceremonies. This technique was soon replaced by an adaptive handle in order to make hitting the ball more effective. Court tennis was also known as royal tennis.





Kabaddi has characteristics of both wrestling and rugby. Two teams compete against each other until a higher score is reached by one of the two teams. Each team consists of twelve players, however there are only seven players in the game at a time. The aim is to touch all or any of the players on the other side and make it back to their own side in one breath. In India, Kabaddi is also recognized under these names: Surjeevani, Gaminee, Amar.



Field Hockey

Field hockey is a game of power, speed, stamina, and skill. Field hockey is the oldest known ball-and-stick game to date from the earliest civilizations. Each team consists of 11 players, 5 forwards, 3 halfbacks, 2 fullbacks, and 1 goalkeeper and 5 substitutes. A coin decides which team has the first hit. The average field is 100 yards long and up to 60 yards wide.



Boat Race

Part of the grand festival of Onam is the most exciting part which is the snake boat race. The boats that are used in this race are kite-tailed, and swan-shaped. These races are contested, and they reflect a high degree of importance towards excellence.


Mock Dialogue: Argument between Cricket and Kho-Kho player


Cricket Player: I believe that Cricket is a lot more exciting than the sport of Kho-Kho.

Kho-Kho Player: I disagree Kho-Kho is a sport that keeps you on edge

Cricket Player: Kho-Kho is not as popular as the sport of Cricket, Cricket is the second most popular sport.

Kho-Kho Player: Kho-Kho is a sport that helps you develop obedience, discipline, sportsmanship, and loyalty.

Cricket Player: I would never play a traditional sport because no one else plays.

Kho-Kho Player:  I don't agree I believe that all sports all important to life and help improve society.



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Omar Shabandri said

at 1:39 pm on May 9, 2011


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at 2:26 pm on May 9, 2011


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