Who invented hockey in India?
Hockey became popular in India when the British Regiments played the game in India and introduced it in the British Indian Regiments who quickly picked up the game. The first hockey club was formed in Calcutta in 1885-86 followed by Bombay and Punjab.
Who controls hockey in India?
HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the apex body of the country which has the sole mandate to govern and conduct all activities for both men and women hockey in India. It is recognised as National Sports Federation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt.
When did hockey started in India?
The availability of large plots of land as playing fields and the uncomplicated nature of equipment meant that hockey gradually became the popular sport of choice among children and young adults in India, with the country’s first hockey club being formed in then Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1855.
What is the history behind hockey?
Various museums offer evidence that a form of the game was played by the Romans and Greeks as well as by the Aztecs several centuries before Columbus arrived in the New World. The modern game of hockey emerged in England in the mid-18th century and is largely attributed to the growth of public schools, such as Eton.
Which place is known as Mecca of Indian hockey?
That was the time when the famous Sansarpur village adjoining the Jalandhar Cantonment was known as the ‘Mecca of Hockey’ and produced 15 Olympians who represented not just India but also Kenya and Canada and produced over 300 international and national players.