The Indian Women’s Hockey team won Gold medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester, England.
Is Hockey Really The National Game of India – The Controversy!
There are numerous variations of this game played through ages by almost all major races in the world.
The earliest mention of the present day game dates back to 1527, when the Galway Statutes in Scotland prohibited the game of 'hokie'- the hurling of little ball with the aid of sticks or staves.
The current accepted version of the game of Field Hockey was developed by the British in the 19th century as a popular school game.
The London Hockey association was established in the 1921 and the rules were consolidated.This was termed as the golden era of Indian Hockey.India’s winning streak ended in the 1960 Rome Olympics when the team lost 0-1 to the Pakistan Hockey team in the finals.Post 1980, Indian Hockey team’s performance in the Olympics has deteriorated and they have been unable to bring any medals back home.Indian Men’s Hockey team was the winner of the Hockey World Cup in 1975 held in Kualalampur, Malaysia.For a long time, hockey was considered the national sport of India owing to its stellar performances in the Olympic Games.But in August 2012, the Union ministry of Youth Affairs declared that India does not have a game that has been officially designated as its National game.Each player has a hockey stick, 150-200 cm long slender shaft, ending in a flattened extension known as the blade.Maximum permitted weight of the hockey stick is 737 grams. The stick is flat on the playing side and is generally made of hickory or mulberry wood.The International Hockey Federation was founded in 1924 taking the predominantly British game to the world.The game was introduced in India by the British during the Raj.