“India is a diverse nation.” We have been hearing this sentence since we entered class 4. In short, we are tired of hearing this fact. Our question today is, that why has this diverse nation not broadened its horizons?
Why are we still stuck at one sport and we have made it our religion? Well, I shouldn’t be mentioning this “R” word; it creates a lot of controversies. But seriously, why are we so stuck on cricket and why is that are we unable to grow beyond it?
BTW, we must be the wrong people to tell you about lesser-known sports in India. We are a bunch of flabby creatures who love to write and tell the world what they should be doing.
But who cares, right? We should be talking about sports and that is what we are going to do now!
There are numerous sports we are not aware of and are way more interesting than the basic cricket and football.
So, why not put on our sports gear on and enjoy the essence of the sport we are going to take a dive in?
1. Roller Derby
This women’s dominant sport is highly popular in the U.S. and why it wouldn’t be? It involves skating and that is enough to make any American excited. Like any other sport, one team tries to score more than the opposition team.
It is a full-contact sport. Full of excitement and thrill, it is action-packed for the competitor and the spectators. One player of the team called blockers stops the opposition team from completing the laps. He uses physical force to do the same. Another purpose of the jammer is to provide a clear path to its own jammer for completing a lap.
2. Chess Boxing
If you thought that sports are either about mental or physical strength, we are here to introduce you to a lesser-known sport that is about both the strengths.
You gotta play six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing to get through the whole game. A person has to know the discipline of both sports to ace the sport. However, you gotta have a chess rating of over 1800. Currently, countries like Japan, Russia, France, Netherlands, Germany, India, and England play this game with huge interest. However, it needs to spread on a wide scale.
3. Sepak Takraw
This one is a combination of soccer and volleyball. You’d love watching this game if you have any interest in acrobatics. The origin of this sport is not very precise as many countries have claimed to be the real brain behind it. It is majorly played in Thailand and other southeast Asian countries.
The actual game has three players in badminton like a court with a net. All three of them try to pass the ball over a 1.5-meter high net. It is way tougher than volleyball as the whole of your body is in motion. You have to take leaps, jump while using breathtaking bicycle kicks. Also, what is the fun if you can’t land on your feet gracefully after all the flipping.
This is another result of a combination of two games, i.e. basketball and polo. Before the amendments, this game was banned on the basis of its violent nature. Now, the game is less violent and has a special place in the hearts of Argentinians.
This sport has two teams with four members each. Each member is mounted on the back of the horse and is basically fighting to get a white leather ball with six equidistant handles. Such kids, I tell you, always fighting for fancy things!
This Chinese game is just like badminton as it includes shuttlecock. The only difference is you don’t need a racket in this one. This is actually the favorite pastime for Chinese people but it has still failed to reach India. The best part about this game is that it can be played anywhere and at any time of the day. You can play it even when you are on your own or with a couple of friends.
Want to know what you gotta do to play this game? All you have to do is balance the shuttle in the air just with the help of your feet. You can use simpler kicks or some acrobatic tricks to do the same.
6. Drone Racing
This is like any other race with a difference. The competitors are drones with cameras and not some animals or humans. The high-speed action that takes place in the air is action-packed.
It is the first-ever Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit. It is a global autonomous drone racing series. Teams of technologists, engineers, drone enthusiasts and all kinds of experts develop artificial intelligence for high-speed racing drones.
This mechanism is used for racing projects.
Lesser-Known Sports have been introduced so that we can channelize our energy in a more productive direction. Moreover, if the sports are as interesting as these ones then we don’t mind our involvement in sports as such. We assure you we will try one of these in the near future, maybe when we plan to get up from our bed.
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