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India’s Top 10 Most Popular Sports

A Nation of Diverse Sports Enthusiasts

10. Popular Sports in India: Table Tennis


"Table Tennis: Rising Popularity in Indian States"

Table Tennis, governed by the Table Tennis Federation of India, has seen a surge in popularity, particularly in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Talented players like Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Manika Batra have put India on the map in the global rankings.

9. Popular Sports in India: Boxing

"Boxing: Gaining Ground with International Success"

Boxing has garnered a significant following in India, especially after Vijender Singh's bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Mary Kom's historic achievements. This sport, distinct from WWE, is earning widespread recognition and inspiring a new generation of boxers.

8. Popular Sports in India: Tennis

"Tennis: A Sport of Global and National Repute"

Tennis enjoys a substantial following in India, with players like Sania Mirza achieving international acclaim. Governed by the All India Tennis Association, the sport has produced numerous stars who have competed in top tournaments and Grand Slams worldwide.

7. Popular Sports in India: Athletics

"Athletics: India's Legacy from the British Raj to Modern Day"

Introduced during the British Raj, athletics in India is overseen by the Athletics Federation of India. Iconic athletes like Milkha Singh and contemporary stars such as Neeraj Chopra and P T Usha have brought international glory to India.

6. Popular Sports in India: Wrestling

"Wrestling: From Ancient Roots to Modern Glory"

Wrestling, one of the world's oldest sports, has a rich history in India. Indian wrestlers have won medals in every Olympics since 2008. The sport's popularity soared with films like "Sultan" and "Dangal" celebrating wrestling icons like Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat.

5. Popular Sports in India: Badminton

"Badminton: Shuttling to International Fame"

Badminton's popularity in India is driven by the success of players like Prakash Padukone, Saina Nehwal, and PV Sindhu. Managed by the Badminton Association of India, the sport continues to gain traction both nationally and internationally.

4. Popular Sports in India: Hockey

"Hockey: India's National Sport with a Storied Past"

Hockey, India's national sport, boasts a rich history of international success, though it saw a decline post-1980. Recent achievements, including a silver at the 2016 Champions Trophy and CWG 2022, are reviving the sport's former glory.

3. Popular Sports in India: Kabaddi

"Kabaddi: From Village Grounds to International Arenas"

Kabaddi, a traditional Indian sport, has grown from rural roots to international fame, with India winning numerous gold medals in the Asian Games. The Pro Kabaddi League, modeled after the IPL, has further popularized the sport.

2. Popular Sports in India: Football

"Football: A Growing Passion Across Indian States"

Football, the world's most popular sport, enjoys significant popularity in India, particularly in Kerala, West Bengal, and the Northeast. With leagues gaining traction and stars like Sunil Chhetri leading the national team, football's fan base is expanding rapidly.

1. Most Popular Sport in India: Cricket

"Cricket: The Unrivaled King of Indian Sports"

Cricket is India's most-watched and celebrated sport, with legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni inspiring millions. The sport's immense popularity is fueled by India's performances in international tournaments and extensive media coverage, making cricketers national icons.