(Last Updated on : 07/01/2011)
India is the mother of a number of traditional sports and the sports are played quite extensively throughout the country. The Indian people love playing the traditional sports very much and they take part in various competitive tournaments, whenever they get a chance. The Indian traditional sports tournaments are organised by various authorities like the national, state or district associations. Apart from them, the organisers of different village festivals also organise various Indian traditional sports tournaments.
In India, most of the Indian traditional sports tournaments are organised during festivals. There are several regional festivals in India that have become famous particularly because of organising a traditional sports tournament. The sports like Thoda, Vallamkali or Boat Race, Gella - Chutt, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Mallakhamb, Asol Aap, Sagol Kangjei, Hiyang Tannaba, Thang-Ta & Sarit, Silambam, Dhop, Khong Kangjei, Ke Nang Haun, Kirip, etc attract a large number of people during various festivals.
Apart from the village festivals and carnivals, the Indian traditional sports tournaments are also organised at the associations that are working for management of the particular sport. The associations organise tournaments at the district, state, regional or national level for bringing up new talents in the field of that sport. Another objective behind organising the Indian traditional sports tournaments is to project the players from remote areas in the national level. The associations select participants for representing Indian national team in various international tournaments, form these national tournaments, as well. The Indian traditional sports tournaments are playing a vital role for the preservation and further promotion of Indian traditional sports.