Indian sports have been on the rise for the past 5 to 6 years with players winning medal at the world stage. In August, India’s Women’s Hockey team won the first medal after 38 years, beating England in the Junior World Cup in 2013. Adding to that, teen sensation PV Sindhu also won the bronze medal in World Championship held in China and in Denmark and became the first women to win back to back medals. She beat two Chinese opponents which nobody thought would happen. Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap reached the quarter finals of the tournament. It shows that the players with a lot of determination can challenge and become great players. Like cricket, a franchise based Indian Badminton league is going to change the life of Indian Badminton players and the young Indian players will get an opportunity to play with the experienced international players. Basketball, where India competed in the Asian Basketball Championship, finished 11th. The govt. must provide proper facilities in India at local and school level so that they can fight with the top teams like Iran, China, Korea, and Japan. The hockey players must work on fitness and increase their stamina so they can compete the 60 minutes without tiring.
The women’s hockey team which won the bronze medal has been credited for it, but the govt. must try to match the standards of the top teams like Holland, Australia so that they can perform well at the international level. The men’s hockey team had a great year of 2014 winning the Asian games gold medal, silver medal in Commonwealth games in Glasgow and finishing 4th in the Champions trophy.
India has hosted a number of global events like ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, F1 race for the past 2 years at Buddh International circuit, ICC Women’s World Cup 2013, the Indian Super League 2014, Pro Kabaddi League, Champions Tennis League.
Hockey, the national game of country, needs more young players so that they perform well against the strong international teams like Australia, Pakistan, England, Holland and other European team.
Also in 2013, a franchise based hockey league was organized which was a huge success. It comprised of five teams from Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi, Lucknow and Punjab. The crowds in the stadiums were in large numbers as the young Indian players got the opportunity to play with experienced players to improve their skills.
The Indian govt. must provide enough facilities at local level so that they can compete in the international games. In the Asian games 2014, Khusbir Kaur won the first ever medal for India in race walk which was a great achievement. Also, our compound team of archery won the gold medal after defeating the hosts gave us a lot to cheer about.
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