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If cricket can attain the present status in India as the most popular sport here why not hockey? Why not our corporate with the support of GOI work out a crash plan to lift the Indian hockey from the present slump. Certainly, if there is a will there is way. Your views?

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Asked by Good Citizen, 09 Aug '12 03:15 pm
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Cricket became popular in our country the moment Kapil dev lifted the trophy in 1983. Since then it has grown in leaps & bounds in terms of popularity as a sport. With coloured clothing coming into it made the sport more popular so much that children & people of all ages started playing it in the streets even with a soft ball & a wooden plank so it became the sport of masses. Children just drew lines on walls or kept a few stones as wickets to make it a non expensive sport while Hockey even after being our National game is not the one which can be played on the streets & needs proper stick & ball with equipment.

Secondly, after Sachin tendulkar rising in the 90's to be compared to Sir Don added more colour to it. He became demi god with his swashbuckling style which was in both the forms of cricket while Hockey had Dhanaraj Pillay but he wasnt able to shine as much as Sachin or win us matches. The media role too plays here but they cover only what the government asks for & is more m ...more
Answered by dharamender nebhnani, 09 Aug '12 08:14 pm

 
  
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First of all, government interference will spoil everything. The reason cricket is doing well in India (even when Indian team does badly) and the hockey scene is bad, is because the government interferes with the functioning of hockey.

Imagine the best Indian player at that time, Dhanraj Pillai , not being selected, on fitness grounds, when clearly he was the fittest athlete we had for years. Kapil became popular on its own merit. Hockey became unpopular because the government interfered where it shouldnt have.
Answered by RAJAN MHAMAI, 10 Aug '12 12:42 pm

 
  
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All of us want a ready made platform to show our strength.Even though Hockey is our national sports ,we hardly pay any attention to the needs of the hockey players n officials.GOI has failed miserably in grooming hockey.We do not get corporate support because ,they can not get the return from their investment,as viewers r not available.One can not arrange viewers without making he game interesting.Considering our poorest performance in the current Olympics,GOI should come out with a clear plan for improving the game n grooming the future players.
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 09 Aug '12 06:46 pm

 
  
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The Rules.

Cricket Rules are simple to follow that my mother who is 77 years old, sometimes discusses cricket when a match is on. She is able to understand the game and follow it.

The same is not the case with Hockey - though it is fast paced and more demanding in terms of players energy and more a team game than cricket is. The administrators of Hockey have been serving their own interests without doing anything for the benefit of the game.

Cricket administrators have promoted the game and made money for the game and of course for them too. Hence the popularity of cricket.
Answered by S. Ramesh, 09 Aug '12 03:19 pm

 
  
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