National Sport of India : India has conquered the podium when it comes to the game of Hockey. Our nation has an excellent record with eight Olympic Gold Medals.
Field Hockey is the official national Sport in India. Hockey India, formed on 20 May 2009, is the new apex body of the country which has the sole mandate to govern and conduct all activities for both men’s and Women’s Hockey in India.
Until the mid 20th century, India dominated international Hockey, winning 8 Olympic gold medals, the World Cup in 1975 and were runners-up in the 1973 World Cup. The Indian player Dhyan Chand, the most famous Indian hockey player, was described as a ‘wizard’ by the European press. However, India’s recent performance have been below par and India is currently ranked 9th in the world.