India has a tradition of sports and physical fitness. In recognition of the importance of sports for development, a separate department was set up in 1982, with the objective of integrating efforts for development of human potential in the areas of Education, Women & Child Development, Arts and culture, Youth Affairs & Sports through its constituent departments.
India is home to a diverse population playing many different sports across the country. Cricket is the most popular sport. Football is a popular sport in some of the Indian states. The country has won eight of gold medals in field hockey. Kabaddi, an indigenous sport is popular in rural India. Several games originated in India including chess, snooker, and other regional games. India has won medals in badminton, kabaddi, hockey and many other sports and disciplines. Cricket is the most played sport followed by Badminton and Football. Cricket is also the most popular sport in India, the other popular sports being badminton, football, tennis, hockey, and kabaddi. India also hosts several major events associated with Tennis, Badminton, Hockey etc.