Is Hockey is the national game of India?

Is Hockey is the national game of India?

Let me ask you some simple and common questions. It’s rapid-fire, So keep tight. Please bear with me. Haa…haa…

  • What is the national bird of India? Readers: “Peacock” of course.
  • What is the national anthem of India? Reader: It’s “Jana Gana Mana…”.
  • What is the national animal of India? Readers: “Tiger”. So easy.
  • What is the national flower of India? Readers: How easy it is. It’s “Lotus”.
  • Last one. What is the national game of India? Readers: It’s also straight and easy. It’s “Hockey” of course. Isn’t it? No. What…? Are you kidding me…? No, I’m not. You heard it right. Hockey is not our national game.

In this article, I will try to throw some light on that. So let’s get started.

We are one of those yesteryear kids who grew up believing hockey is the national game of our country. As we are taught right from our childhood that hockey is our national game, even today this has been taught almost in all the schools. Strange though… But it’s not true. You have been in a shock, even me too. But the truth is, India does not recognize any particular sport as their “national game”. This has been confirmed by the Sports Ministry of India.

The revelation

This revelation came to the focus when a teenage girl filed an RTI request to the PMO, India in order to know the declaration of the different national symbols related to their fields. PMO officials noticed her about all the queries except the national game. They forwarded the query about the national sport to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. In response to the RTI, the Sports Ministry confirmed that it had not declared any sport or game as the “national game”.


The logic behind considering hockey, our national game

Most of us still consider hockey as our national game. Even I believed so. This makes us wonder why hockey has so long been known as the national sport of India. The only logic seems to understand that the international success of hockey since its Olympic debut in 1928 made the sport so popular. The Indian hockey team has been bagged 11 Olympic medals (8 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze) from 1928 to till date. But since 1980 India couldn’t manage to clinch another medal. The span 1928 to 1956, was the golden period of hockey for India. So hockey was considered to be the national game of India.

The logic behind no national game till

I think accessibility is another factor that determines which game could achieve the status of the national sport.

Hockey and cricket are both expensive sports. For hockey, you should need at least 22 players with their hockey sticks, a synthetic ball and protective gears. A synthetic turf.


Cricket is a little more expensive than hockey, as you need more gears and accessories compare to the hockey. And of course a field with the playable condition. There are tons of other facilities and things which require for both the games.

Talk about football on another hand then it’s an inexpensive sport compare to both sports. You only need one ball for two teams and a field to play with. There are so many sports besides these two which are very popular in their region according to their taste and culture.


Like Kabaddi is popular in north India, Boat Racing is very popular in south India, Football is very popular in West Bengal and so many more will be there for sure. It is therefore impossible to find out a single sport that is liked and admired by everyone.


It now makes a complete sense to me that why India doesn’t have a national sport. With so many people and cultures, it is impossible and impractical to choose one game that will appeal to the entire nation. Let’s hope India figure out its national sport officially soon.

So that’s it for today guys. I hope you would have enjoyed it. If you have any suggestions and queries related to the post, let me know in the comment section below. Please do share this post to your circle to explore the knowledge you must know.

Thank you.

Information source: culture trip, Wikipedia

Anil Kashyap

I want to explore new things every single moment of life. Life motto: Learn and teach as much as you can until your last breath.

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