Sports in Delhi

Delhi is an ideal place for sports loving people! Well, Delhi is a city which promotes every sports at all levels and as a matter of fact; Delhi has given a lot of illustrious sports personalities to the country. In no particular order, the popular sports of Delhi include Cricket, Tennis, Football and Hockey.
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In addition, the city houses numerous sports academies, which are renowned in providing intensive training on various sports. Furthermore, Delhi is the home of several sports facilities and infrastructure, which include notable sports stadiums and complexes.

Role of Government of Delhi

The Government of Delhi encourages and intents at advancement and betterment of sports in the city. Delhi government adopts several initiatives in creating and offering opportunities and installations to the budding and professional players to study, condition and better their potentialities in sports. 

Budding talents and professional sports-persons are furthered and provided with maximum facilities for bringing medallions in Olympic games, Common wealth games, Asian games and other significant national and international sporting events.

Several other sports schemes have been initiated by the Delhi government for various sporting activities, training camps and many state levels and national-level tourneys are extensively masterminded.  These sports-related schemes also offer involvement of participants in national-level school games, offering sports kits and other facilities.

Cash Prizes to Outstanding Players

The Government of Delhi always extend its hands in encouraging and bestowing cash prizes to the deserving sports personalities who come back as champions from national and international sporting events.

Name of the Sporting Event: Olympic Games and World Championship Events
Cash Incentives: Gold: Rs. 75 lacs, Silver: Rs. 50 lacs, Bronze: Rs. 50 lacs

Name of the Sporting Event: Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian championship and Commonwealth championship
Cash Incentives: Gold: Rs. 30 lacs, Silver: Rs. 20 lacs, Bronze: Rs. 10 lacs

Name of the Sporting Event: South Asian Federation Games
Cash Incentives: Gold: Rs. 3 lacs, , Silver: Rs. 2 lacs, Bronze: Rs. 1lacs,

Cash Prizes for Juniors and Sub Juniors

Name of the Sporting Event: World Championship Events
Cash Incentives for Juniors: Gold: Rs. 1 lacs, Silver: Rs. 75,000 lacs, Bronze: Rs. 50,000
Cash Incentives for Sub Juniors: Gold: Rs. 50,000, Silver: Rs. 40,000, Bronze: Rs. 30,000

Name of the Sporting Event: World Championship Events
Cash Incentives for Juniors: Gold: Rs. 50,000, Silver: Rs. 40,000, Bronze: Rs. 30,000
Cash Incentives for Sub Juniors: Gold: Rs. 25,000, Silver: Rs. 20,000, Bronze: Rs.15,000

Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award

Taking inspiration from the Arjuna Awards which were instituted in 1961 to recognize the outstanding achievement in National sports by the Government of India, The Government of Delhi is also awarding accolades to five most prominent sports persons in different disciplines for promotion of sports in the state.

The award is known as 'Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award' and it comes with a cash incentive of Rs. 5 lacs, a commendation and a souvenir. This award is usually announced every year on 20th of August (Birthday of late PM Rajiv Gandhi) as a symbol of respectfulness for his love towards sports.

Delhi as a Proud Host

Delhi as city is always regarded as sports-friendly city as the city houses a lot of facilities like stadiums, sports complexes, training academies, sports goods manufacturers and what not, the love of Delhi towards sports is priceless. Some of the international events hosted by Delhi are
  • 1951 Asian Games 
  • 1982 Asian Games —
  • 1989 Asian Athletics Championships 
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games 

Sports Infrastructures in Delhi

Delhi houses some of the finest sports infrastructures in the country. The city has been a host of several national and international sporting events in the past and in point of fact, Delhi proudly hosted Asian Games and Common Wealth Games in two different occasions, that is to say, 1982 and 2010 respectively.

Some of the major sports infrastructures of Delhi are:
  • Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (Near India Gate)
  • Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium (Bahadur Shah Zafar Road)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Lodi Colony)
  • Ambedkar Stadium (Daryaganj)
  • R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex (RK Puram)
  • Shivaji Stadium (Near Gole Market)
  • Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium (Near ITO Flyover)
  • Talkatora Indoor Stadium (Near Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital)

Popular Sports Personalities from Delhi

Delhi is a proud name in producing world class cricketers from time to time. Some of the popular cricketers from Delhi are:

Mohinder Amarnath, Chetan Chauhan, Kirti Azad, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Unmukt Chand and many other cricketers. Sushil Kumar (Wrestling), Yuki Bhambri (Tennis), Virender Sehwag (Cricket), Neha Aggarwal (Table Tennis), Joginder Singh (Hockey), Tania Sachdev (Chess), Satpal Singh (Wrestling), Indu Puri (Table Tennis), Khajan Singh (Swimming), Virat Kohli (Cricket).
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