Sports in Rajasthan
Sports are an integral part of our lives. They help us stay fit and in addition to that teach lessons that can never be learnt within the four walls of a classroom. Team spirit, sportsmanship and the feeling of unity are all the feelings that sports inculcate in us. Although the state of Rajasthan is known for its tourist attractions, but there is a lot of sporting activity happening in the state.
Rajasthan State Sports Council
When talking about sports in Rajasthan, one cannot miss mentioning Rajasthan State Sports Council. It is the apex body for the development of sports in the state. The council was formed under Rajasthan Society Registration Act, 1958. Rajasthan State Sports Council is a registered institution under the state Department of Youth Affairs and Sports. Through different sports training programs, the State Sports Council aims to nurture talent and promote sports in the state. Activities of the Council
- The council offers various forms of incentives to outstanding players.
- The council is looking to harness the talent of the tribal areas. This is done through summer residential training camps.
- Best of the best training and state of the art infrastructure is provided by the council for players in various sports namely, cricket, volleyball, basketball, athletics etc.
- Through regular sports activities, the council aims to strengthen players at the grass root level and provide them with the required resources.
All 33 districts of the state of Rajasthan are covered under Rajasthan State Sports Council. It nurtures talent from various parts of the state and gives the players a chance to shine.
Administration of the Council
Deputy Chief Minister of the state is the guardian of the Rajasthan State Sports Council. The Council consists of the Chief Executive. In addition to that, the Vice President of the council, the treasurer and 12 members nominated by the State Government form the main heads of the council. 6 officers are ex-officio members. The first President of the Council was Mr. VG Were Kanetkar. Contact Details
Rajasthan State Sports Council
Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – http://www.rssc.in/
Sports Personalities of Rajasthan
Wrestler Guru Hanuman, shooting champion His Highness Maharaja Karni Singh and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Padma Sri Awardee squash champion Bhuvneshwari Kumari are some of few names of the long list of sportsmen of Rajasthan.
The other eminent sports personalities of the state are –
- Salim Durani (Played for Rajasthan cricket team during 1956-1978)
- Pankaj Singh
- Parthaswamy Sharma
- Hanumant Singh
- Vikram Solanki
- Rao Raja Hanut Singh
- Lt. Col. Kishan Singh
- Col. Maharaj Prem Singh
- Limba Ram
- Shyam Lal Meena
Also Read: Sports in Udaipur | Sports in Ajmer | Sports in Baran
Popular Sports in Rajasthan
Polo in Rajasthan
When talking about sports in Rajasthan, we cannot miss mentioning Polo. This royal sport has its connection deep with the princely state of Rajasthan.
One can enjoy playing polo at the Rambagh Palace and Jaipur Riding and Polo Club, situated in Sirsi village on the outskirts of Jaipur. The Rambagh Palace of Jaipur, Rajasthan is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now a luxury hotel. History of Rajasthan Polo Club
Originally formed in 1918 with a name of Jaipur Polo Club, it was renamed to Rajasthan Polo Club in 1957. It is one of the most prominent Polo centers of the country and has continued the legacy of this princely sport in our country. Jaipur Polo Club was originally formed in 1918 comprising of players mainly from Jodhpur & Jaipur Riyasats. During that time it was located adjacent to the Jaipur Club and to the present Ganpati Nagar (near Jaipur Railway Station). It is known, throughout the World as a centre of excellence in Polo. A lot of members of the Rajasthan Polo Club have played for India in various international competitions including the World Cup.
Did you know?
The history of Polo in Rajasthan can be traced back to late 1880s. Such is the popularity of the sport that, the Prince of Wales visited India to attend a tournament held in early 1922. Since then the legacy has been upheld and even today Polo is an integral part of the identity of the state.
Elephant Polo in Rajasthan
Elephant Polo is played in only a few countries of the world. We are lucky that one of them is India. Rajasthan especially is the hub of elephant polo in the country.
Jaipur is the only city in the world where one can witness this royal sport all-round the year. Although these mighty creatures lack speed but the grace and elegance that they exuberate is certainly a class apart. Even today many members of the royal family take time out to be a part of the elephant polo matches that are organized in the state. The Jaipur Polo Club is doing a great thing by keeping the legacy of elephant Polo alive.
Cricket in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Cricket Association
The Rajasthan Cricket Association or RCA as it is popularly known as is the cricket governing body and officiates over the state level cricket in Rajasthan. The association is headed by CP Joshi. The association is officially recognized and affiliated to the Board of Cricket Council in India or BCCI. The RCA selects the state cricket team to play in Ranjhi Trophy and Duleep Trophy.
Rajasthan Royals is a cricket franchisee representing the state of Rajasthan in the Indian Premier League or IPL as it is commonly known as. Currently the captain of the team is Australian player Shane Watson and the coach is Paddy Upton. The team is mentored by none other than Rahul Dravid. The team has fared very well in nearly all the seasons of IPL.
Golf in Rajasthan
Golf is one such sport that is slowly gaining
a lot of popularity among the people of our country. Rajasthan is a
famous tourist destination and people from different parts of the world
visit this vivid state. With the changing times, golf has become a
famous sport in Rajasthan and good enough to attract tourists to pursue
Rambagh Golf Club at Jaipur is an eighteen-hole golf
course. It is an important golf club and is a part of Rambagh palace
hotel which was once the residence of the Maharaja. Sawai Maan Singh.
Because of its central location and good weather, the course is playable
all through the year. The course also has a facility of flood-light
The club which is approved by the Indian Golf Union,
regularly keeps organizing tournaments to encourage golf in the state.
These tournaments are a great platform for young players to make it big
into the golfing world. So, tourists who love to play golf can reside
here or can contact the Golf Club officials.
Some of the other
important sports played in Rajasthan include shooting, archery, karate,
volley ball, foot ball, table tennis and kabaddi. Some interesting
traditional sports played in Rajasthan are
Camel Race, Camel Cart Race and elephant and camel safari races.
Stadiums in Rajasthan
Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Sawai Mansingh Stadium is one of the most popular stadiums of the country. It is a cricket stadium located in the pink city of Jaipur and was established in 1969.
It is believed that this particular stadium was built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. This popular stadium has been the venue for many domestic and international cricket matches ever since its establishment. The seating capacity of Sawai Mansingh Stadium is around 30, 000 people. The ground has hosted only one test match – between India and Pakistan, but has been the venue for many one day international matches. In addition to that, it has also hosted many IPL matches for its home team – Rajasthan Royals.
The major tournaments held at Sawai Mansingh Stadium include –
- 1987 & 1999 Cricket World Cup
- 2006 ICC Champions Trophy
- 2006 Women’s Asia Cup
In the year 2006 the stadium saw a major renovation which was worth Rs. 400 crore. The new facilities added after the renovation includes – Media room, 2 new blocks and increased seating capacity. It is also believed that a world-class cricket academy was built for Rs 7 crore, which has 28 appointed rooms, a gym, a restaurant, 2 conference halls and a swimming pool. All this was a part of the renovation of 2006.
Suitable for the sports like football, hockey, cricket. Every year elephant fair is organized in the stadium.
Address: Chaugan Stadium
Kanwar Nagar, Ramchandra Chaukari, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Luv Kush Indoor Stadium
The stadium is generally used for the indoor sports especially Badminton and TT.
Address: Mahila Parishad Building,
Chetak Circle,Udaipur –313001
Karni Singh Stadium
Meant for Camel Festival organized every year
Address: Dr.Karni Singh Stadium
Cantonment, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Mahrana Bhupal Singh Stadium
A multi purpose stadium used for organizing matches of football, cricket and other sports.
Address: Saheli Marg, Near Chetak Circle. Udaipur
Suitable for all kind of outdoor sports.
Address: Patel Stadium, Civil Lines, Ajmer
Gora Badal Stadium
A multi-sport stadium suitable for all kind of outdoor games.
Address: Irrigation Colony, Chittaurgarh, Rajasthan
Indira Gandhi Stadium
A multi-sport stadium
Address: Bhilwara Road, Chittorgarh
Did you know?
The highest ODI total at Sawai Mansingh Stadium is 362 – 1 by India against Australia.
The lowest ODI total at Sawai Mansingh Stadium is 135 by India against Pakistan.
The highest individual score by any batsman at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur in ODIs is 183 (not out) by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Adventure Sports in Rajasthan
you thought that trekking was limited to the mountains, then think
again. The state of Rajasthan gives an all new meaning to trekking. One
can enjoy trekking around the various hill forts and hawelis all over
the state. The exotic wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are also a
great getaway for nature walks and treks in the wilderness. The amazing
excursions, golden sand dunes and Aravali range are some of the ideal
locations for trekking. The area around Mount Abu, Mewar belt along
Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Chittaur and Sariska-Alwar-Amber belt are the other
major destinations for trekking. The best part about trekking and hiking
is that you get insights into the culture and traditions of the area
and get closer to nature.
A lot of tourists indulge in trekking and
hiking trips across the rugged landscape of the state. It is
particularly very popular among international tourists. Monsoons and
winters are the best season for trekking in Rajasthan.
Paragliding in Rajasthan
If you thought some of the
adventure sports like Ballooning and paragliding are only for hill
stations in the North, then think again! Fly over the hills of Mount Abu
and desert fields like Jodhpur and Jaisalmer to experience the fun of
paragliding.Paragliding Sites in Rajasthan
5 day Rajasthan Paragliding cost Rs 12500/ (approx.) which includes the cost of stay and sport
3 day Rajasthan Paragliding cost is Rs. 7,000 to 9,000 (approx.)
Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan
Imagine literally flying in mid
air from a fort to a palace - isn't it exhilarating? Hot Air Ballooning
in Rajasthan gives you just that kind of an impression. The sand dunes
and large parts of barren lands are ideal for gliding. Pushkar,
Baneshwar and Nagaur are good sites for hot air ballooning. The
Rajasthan Tourism Development has set up a separate cell for adventure
sports in Pushkar.Skywaltz
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Parasailing in Rajasthan
Parasailaing also known as
parascending in Rajasthan is relatively new to Rajasthan and is at an
experimental stage. It is extremely complex and difficult to organise
parasailing considering the landscape of the region and all safety
machinery should be in place before the opertaor can take off.Also Read: Adventure Sports in Jaipur | Adventure Sports in Mount Abu | Sports in Sikar