There is confusion whether or not field hockey is the national sport of India. But there is no doubt about the glorious history of this game. Even its history is much richer than other popular sports in India like- cricket, football, tennis, basketball, and chess. Once there was a golden era for Indian hockey. India ruled the international field hockey until the mid-1970s. So far they won the record number of eight Olympic gold medals which is still unbeaten. India also won its inaugural men’s Hockey World Cup held in 1975. India was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation.
However, due to increasing popularity of sports like cricket and lack of sponsors, field hockey is facing the threat of being demolished. To bring back its good time and save the once India’s popular sport, Indian government should take all the necessary steps.