Games which are played outside in the open air are generally known as ‘sports’. These are of various kinds. In the villages such games as Kabaddi. Gilli Danda and Kho-Kho are still popular. But, with the introduction of a Western type of education, these ancient games are steadily going out of use, especially in our growing towns and cities. Cricket, football, lawn tennis, Volleyball, and badminton are the most common form of sports these days in our schools and colleges.
Sports are of great importance in the development of the body as well as the formation of character. It teaches us discipline, unity, and comradeship. In European countries, sports are regarded as essential part of the educational system. But in India so much interest in sports not shown due to our lack of finance, proper training, and a certain want of enthusiasm in the authorities. The poor showing of our players in the Asian Games has proved the inability our sports authorities to take proper care of our players.