Top 11 Most Famous Sports Athletes in India (Part 3)

Sania Mirza

Before Sania Mirza, there were some famous male players from India such as Vijay Amritraj, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati. But no woman had ever named herself in the sport until Mirza entered the scene.

She achieved world number one in the women’s doubles category when she was paired with great tennis, Martina Hingis. Mirza has won many grand slam titles playing in mixed and mixed doubles and is one of the highest paid sports in India.

Pankaj Advani

Pankaj Advani is the 18th World Billiard and Snooker champion. He won his first world title at a young age of 18. He is the only one in the history of the game that has won both billiard and snooker IBSF World Titles as well as the World Professional Billiards Championship.

While mastering just one format of the game is hard enough, Advani has specialized in both billiard and billiard and has done it with confidence.

Sakshi Malik

Sakshi Malik made history during the 2016 Rio Olympics by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal, a bronze medal in the 58 kg category.

Professional wrestlers, like Malik and sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat, deserve credit for not having the courage to take part in a completely male sport (at least in India), but are proud by winning medals at sporting events like the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.

Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian individual athlete to win a gold medal in Olympic games. He won the 10 meter Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. India has not won a gold medal since the men’s hockey team won first prize at the 1980 Olympics.

Bindra is also a former world shooting champion and a gold medalist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. His shooting career started early with Bindra becoming the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games just 15 years old.

The best Indian players of all time have made the nation proud (Part 3)

Not only that, at 41 years, Paes also became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam event when he won the mixed crown at the 2015 Australian Open alongside Swiss player Martina Hingis.

Along with another illustrious Indian player Mahesh Bhupathi, Paes has a formidable reputation in the world of double tennis. Called The Indian Express, the couple have won a number of victories for India in many international tournaments.

Sania Mirza

If Leander Paes was the one who spread the revival of Indian tennis in modern times, it was Sania Mirza, who became the flag bearer of the Indian women’s tennis race.

The only Indian woman ever to win a Grand Slam event, and also the highest ranked among Indian players, Sania Mirza is forever a phenomenon. Her powerful backhand shots complement her fierce personality both on and off the pitch.

However, for some people who were asked to quit after only 8 years because after ‘no one married her, Mirza’s story is not only about passion and talent, but also humor and determination.

Mirza’s reputation as the most successful Indian tennis player ever made a good impression on her public image. One of the highest-paid and highest-performing athletes in the country, Mirza was the first of the country’s female players to have surpassed the millions of dollars in their careers.

Also a former world number one in pair, Mirza’s Grand Slam is equally decorated with six double and double titles. Mirza is also the first Indian woman to be seeded at a Grand Slam event at an Australian Open while winning the 2006 Wimbledon championship, Mirza’s leading seed has made her the first female player from the land. There is such a difference.

Mirza’s unprecedented array of victories and exploits on the international tennis court also won her acclaim and popularity. Her inspirational journey earned her the honor of being one of Asia’s XNXX heroes by Time magazine in October 50.

The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in South Asia and one of The world’s most influential people of 2005 at 100, Mirza succeeds and asserts boundaries and boundaries, from a global citizen to an international player, many of Mirza’s achievements are unrivaled. The only woman on the list, Sania Mirza will definitely bring her strength!

India won the gold medal for the first time in the world thanks to the 18-year-old girl

Asia is touting new talent at short and medium distances at the World U20 Championships in Tampere (Finland).

Hima Das sped like the wind at the last 100m to bring India the first ever gold medal in the world track and field in history.

Yesterday, Indonesia surprised the world when the host country of ASIAD 2018 was surprised at the most men’s 100m content. This is Indonesia’s first world gold medal on piste road at any age.

Hima Das will be a very strong opponent at a distance of 400m at ASIAD.

Not long after that, India continued to make Asia flourish with the champion of 400m women. Running in the 4th lane, Hima Das passed Andrea Miklos (Romania) and Taylor Manson (USA) to finish first with a record of 51.46 seconds.

The result of Hima Das was not surprising because in the semi-finals, the 18-year-old Indian athlete was the best performer. However, the acceleration at the last 100m of Himas was very respectable. Hima Das held its strength for the first three quarters from behind to speed up and let the opponents “breathe in”.

Hima Das cried when he received the first gold medal in Indian history on the run at a world track and field

This is not the best achievement of Himas Das because this U20 world champion has ever reached 51.13 seconds 400m distance at a domestic track and field.

Previously, Indian track and field had the first champion but in javelin throwing. In 2016, Neeraj Chopra World Championships in Poland. In the framework of the youth tournament, India only won 2 bronze medals in 2002 and 2014.

In the recent Asian Youth Championships 2018 in Gifu (Japan), Hima Das did not appear. In April of this year, this 2000-year-old girl competed with older rivals, becoming famous and reaching the 6th place of 400m in the Prosperity Sports Tournament with a record of 51.32 seconds.

Indian tennis player won the historic gold medal at the world badminton tournament

Pusarla Sindhu became the first Indian tennis player to win a gold medal at the World Badminton Championships after defeating Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 and 21-7 in the women’s singles finals on August 25.

The 24-year-old female tennis player showed one of the most impressive performances of her career when winning No. 3 seed Okuhara after 38 minutes. A year after crying in Nanjing (China), Sindhu was able to smile in the third final in a row.

The match replayed the final at the 2017 tournament. The two players fought for 110 minutes, and Okuhara beat Sindhu in the longest final in the tournament’s history. 2 years later, Sindhu did not give Japanese players any chance.

She became one of the most successful female tennis players in the tournament when she won 5 medals after 6 times.

Sindhu is the fourth single player to collect a full set of medals at the World Championship. She won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, two gold medals in 2017 and 2018 and a precious gold medal at this year’s tournament.

“Last time I lost the final, so was it before, so winning now is important. I’m happy, looking forward to this for a long time. It was definitely a proud moment for me. me and India, “Sindhu replied on BWF.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sindhu on social media: “The talented person makes India proud again. The passion and dedication that she pursues badminton is inspiring. Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players “.

In the men’s singles, Kento Momota does not have many difficulties to successfully defend the championship. The world’s number one Japanese player quickly won Anders Antonsen 21-9, 21-3 after 37 minutes of play.

NBA is heading to India

The biggest basketball tournament on the planet is about to “land” to India, a country with strong potential but yet to have the opportunity to grow.

According to a recent announcement from the NBA, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will become the first two names to compete in India. The preseason match between the two teams will take place on October 4 and 5, 2019, on the NSCI Dome in the entertainment city of Mumbai.

“The NBA is trying to further develop its huge basketball potential in India, a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing young population,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “We are also very grateful to organizations like Kings and Pacers who participated in this historic step.”

Since taking over as a commissioner in 2014, Mr. Adam Silver has made a very positive contribution to the NBA.

The owner of Kings – Vivek Ranadive is an Indian businessman and has long wanted to bring the planet’s biggest basketball tournament back to his homeland.

“As an Indian-American, it is an honor to contribute to bringing this historic moment to the country where I grew up. Basketball is booming in India and we are very happy about continue to expand the scope of the NBA to fans around the globe, “said Vivek.

Kevin Durant is one of the stars who participated in the NBA-organized basketball training program in India. In addition to the main season in the US, the NBA also has a lot of programs dedicated to other countries, with the aim of universalizing and developing basketball across the planet.

The first Indian basketball player in NBA

Bhullar is one of the first Indian basketball players in NBA. Currently, the athlete is playing for the Guangxi Rhino basketball team in China, dividing the time between Toronto and the southern city of Guangzhou.

“Many places in China, they don’t see outsiders. Especially I am tall, I just stick out like a sore thumb.” But the team is like a “big family”, he said.

He maintains his Indian contacts, talks to his parents in his native language and visits Gurdwaras wherever he can find them.

Bhullar believes his achievement will pave the way for more Indian players.

India has invested more in sports (Part 1)

From cricket to football, tennis, the Indians are imitating the North American model to develop a sports market that is considered very lucrative in the world’s second most populous country.

Among emerging countries, India is one of the most admired faces in many fields, such as informatics. However, they have only one Olympic gold medalist (shooting) in history so it is difficult to get in the picture of the world sports powerhouse. But that is changing from a few years ago.

I believe India needs a similar league to the NBA professional basketball league in the US and I want to find a way to integrate sport and business for the greatest profit of sports.

After winning the World Cup in 1983, cricket – a sport brought in by the British in the 18th century – became a lucrative faction in India. Some businesses have smelled money in 1 billion potential consumers. So in 2008, the league was unified to meet many economic and commercial goals.

Under the campaign of Lalit Modi, former vice president of the Indian Cricket Executive Board (BCCI), a new tournament called the Indian Premier League (IPL) quickly became entertaining as the game was limited to matches. three hours of television service (previously a cricket match could last … four days!).

Back then, Modi once said: “I believe India needs a similar league to the NBA professional basketball league in the US and I want to find a way to integrate sport and business for the greatest profit of sports. I believe we have created a global entertainment product for the development of cricket for the pleasure of fans and sponsors. ”

The next stage was to select eight cities with teams and then auction them off in a franchise fashion, attracting local businesses and even movie stars to invest. BCCI has raised $ 723.59 million by selling eight cricket teams, of which Reliance Industries has spent $ 111.9 million to buy the Mumbay Indians.

The rest is just a true show when famous movie stars appear in the stands, the fresh pom-pom girls on the field and the entire arrangement is American style.

Indian female wrestler and the war overcome the prejudice (Part 2)

Kakran is the team leader and training instructor. Sister Megha, 17, and Geetanjali Luckad, 18, used to hoe the land, water and smooth the field to prepare for the practice. Geetanjali Luckad’s neck is a round, heavy stone, a way for her to endure.

A group of young men passed by and giggled when they saw the girls. “I don’t care about being looked down upon by men. I will make them shut up on the ring, ”Kakran said with a smile.

As a veteran wrestler, Kakran began practicing at age 6. Since there were no other female wrestlers at the time, she was forced to wrestle with her son.

“They don’t want to play with me because they know they will lose and so shame,” Kakran recalls. Some men bet her, so she can make money back to her family.

Even so, Kakran still couldn’t easily convince his parents to pursue a passion for wrestling. Today, many kushti coaches still refuse to train women.

“We are not just fighting against the opponent. We also fight with billions of Indians who don’t want to see us wrestling”, she said.

Kakran admits the most painful protest comes from her own family. “My parents didn’t support me in the first place,” she said, emphasizing that her father was also a wrestler.

“Many people don’t understand why we don’t marry and give birth, what they call a normal life,” she said.

Worried about not getting married

Luckily for the female wrestlers, Bollywood film Dangal (2016) starring actor Aamir Khan, recounted the true story of the Phogat sisters, who were their father, an amateur wrestler, Train to become world-class wrestlers. The film’s great success has contributed to changing prejudices about Indian female wrestlers.

“We started practicing four years ago, despite parents’ protests,” Geetanjali Luckad tells of his step into the kushti world. “We want to be like Divya, the female wrestler has won a lot of medals,” she said.

“Boys often laugh at us because we wear sportswear and have short hair. My mother is worried that we will never get married but I think women should be free to do what they believe”, she said.

Even getting people’s approval is not enough for Luckad sisters to turn their dreams into reality. “You have to work hard while going to school and doing housework is not easy,” said wrestler Neha Kumari, 20.

However, Kumari affirmed that the biggest challenge for female wrestlers is social prejudice. “India is still one

The first Indian basketball player in NBA (Part 2)

‘Sim’ Bhullar placed high on the first NBA Indian player

A professional coach also loved his performance and offered him a position with the Ontario Basketball Association. After a successful college career, he scored a point with the NBA draft in April 2014, before signing a contract with Kings, owned by Indian businessman Vivek Ranadive.

It is known that the sixth tallest player in NBA history, a statistic that he did not follow, he was once a tall kid at school. Even when he was 15, he was about six feet, six inches tall.

Although his parents did not see basketball becoming a pastime, they always supported his career.

‘I want to be like Vince Carter’

For Bhullar, it doesn’t matter that no famous Indian nationalist plays a role model. “Vince Carter changed the landscape of basketball in Canada … I want to be like him and be on stage one day.”

Sim Bhullar played for the New Mexico State Championship against the Aztecs of San Diego State in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 20, 2014, in Spokane, Washington.

Bhullar was not surprised by the expectations of Indian hopefuls. He tried to go to India whenever possible, the last visit about four years ago during an NBA-sponsored trip. He went to Amritsar city in Punjab and stopped at the Golden Temple, the most sacred site of Sikhism. And he was caught up.

“A huge escort policeman took us to the gate. I went around there and there were about 200 to 300 people staring and taking pictures. I had to be led to one of the next rooms.”

It’s not just that his height attracted attention; Some followers know who he is, calling his name. And India has kept tabs on him.

Bhullar also tried to disseminate the game in India by opening courts and helping children play. And he was touched by the passion that existed for the game.

He thought that basketball could eventually occupy the second or third place for cricket, the most popular sport in India.

The first Indian basketball player in NBA (Part 1)

With a height of 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 meters), Gursimran Sim Bhullar was the first Indian basketball player to step onto the pitch in an NBA match.

“I had to go to court and do my job, so I didn’t think about it,” the 26-year-old player told CNN. “It’s surreal. It didn’t hit me until after the game I played in the NBA game.”

Three days later, he became the first Indian player to score in an NBA match against Utah Jazz. Bhullar has signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s G League, an official small tournament. Each season, NBA teams may contract players in the 10-day contract before signing or releasing them. While he hopes to return to the prestigious tournament, he said the NBA game has changed.

“They are playing smaller and faster, so it is difficult for me to fit the system,” Bhullar said. “I worked with my game, from being better and moving faster.”

Bhullar was born and raised in the Canadian city of Toronto, while his parents came from northern Indian state villages in Punjab state. They moved to Canada in the 1980s where they married and had children. Bhullar Sims was surrounded by his parents when he joined as a marshal in the Indian Day parade on August 17, 2014, in New York.

As soon as they arrived in Toronto, both his parents worked in factories while his father drove a taxi. Now they own a gas station at the image of Bhullar and his brother Tanveer, also a basketball player, adorn the walls.

Bhullar found it difficult to master English as a second language, when he learned Punjabi at home but accepted Indian culture and religion. He spends every weekend at Gurdwara (Sikh worship place).

Sim Bhullar scored in a Filipino basketball tournament in Toronto, Canada, around 2003-2004. He had the first taste of the game when he was 10 or 11. “I played basketball more than anything else and I fell in love with it.”

Kabaddi – playing Indian-style buzzing

Kabaddi‘s roots stem from the folk games of the people of Central India. Each team will have from 4 to 7 athletes (athletes) officially (with 2 to 5 reserve athletes). The game field is rectangular, 11 x 9m in size. The time of the match is 2 rounds, every 20 minutes and 5 minutes of breaks. Playgrounds and team members have reduced in size and number of athletes when Kabaddi organized outdoors or on the beach compared to the form of indoor competition.

Winning points are counted when the attacking team player hits the opponent. On the other hand, the attacking team will score points when shooting the opponent (when they attack) right on their own field, not letting them escape the area to touch the line at the center of the field (or exit the designated area). Attackers often shout “Kabaddi, Kabaddi!” If after 30 seconds the attacking team does not hit the opponent, the attacker will get that score. The roles of the two teams will alternate after each winning point.

With such a competition law, the adversary to touch the opponent and find the way to return without being arrested requires beyond the outstanding strength, there must be mischief in handling situations, creating Unexpected and clever to not fall into the enemy’s restraint. On the other hand, defensive methods are coordinated pieces that encircle, block the way back, or raise a trap to “lure” the opponent’s attacking player to net. Kabaddi is not merely a performance of physical strength, but also a struggle, a constant transformation of the two sides.

In general, the way of organizing and playing is almost the same as playing buzzing, with a bold folk. But few people know that Kabaddi is a popular sport in Asian Games (also called Asian Games or Asiad). Men’s content began to host from the 11th Asiad period in Beijing in 1990, while women’s content took place two times in Guangdong 2010 and Incheon 2014. The 18th Asiad edition in Indonesia in 2018 also spent 2 sets. Medal for Kabaddi. The nearest indoor, martial arts and marine sports conferences also bring Kabaddi into the competition program.