India has recently picked up its bags and seems all set on a road paved with fitness and glory in the world of sports. Recent interest from public and a gain in popularity and facilities have seen a range of sports attaining the interest of this country of diverse 120 crores. Just flip through any sports channel and you will see for yourself how proper funds and viewership, partnered with interest for a sport, has led to the making of an Indian League for almost every competitive sport that’s been introduced to us. Some Unique Competitive Sports and Why It Has No Scope in India.Take the Indian Soccer League (ISL) for example, a football league coming of the back of a prevalent, yet non-successful one which has gained a tremendous number of eyes towards it in its first couple of years, witnessing packed crowds every time a match goes live.
Some Unique Competitive Sports and Why It Has No Scope in India
However, even though the existing sports in India have turned fortunes in the gold-mine of Indian sports fanatics, it seems like, in modern times, not many sports stand a chance to enter the Indian fandom, and we may not witness a newcomer to our list in quite a while. Baseball is the perfect “base” to start looking into this matter.
Baseball is one very popular sport globally and has a fierce and competitive fan base that enjoys the sport thoroughly. However, when it comes to the Indian terrain it seems like baseball and games similar to it have no potential and, with the match up of cricket in the subcontinent, stand no chance. The people of this nation are so much in love with this game that almost no bat-and-ball style competitive sport can take up its mantle. Both games are quite similar, although, baseball adds its own element. It may be a wholly different sport; but it does fall into the categories of sports that don’t stand a chance in India.
Similarly, sports like rugby and American football won’t ever hit the big line ups in India, at least any time soon, not because of competition from a well based sport, but this time around, facility issues. Firstly it will take a whole new sport like rugby, or its counterpart American football, a lot of time till it gains intrigue from the nation, and it would require a lot of facility and awareness propagandas before it can actually imbibe itself into the culture of India. Also, the facilities and the raw nature of India are against sports like ice hockey, which has seen a dip in popularity along with its existing counterpart – field hockey.
With mainstream sports like the four mentioned above not having a fathom at a chance of acquiring a base in India, other sports like plane racing and motor boat racing, no matter how fancy they sound, have no scope in being received by the Indian community. And I can assure you, no sport in the near future looks like it is going to hit Indian tracks any time soon and it might take a mountainous amount of effort before anyone will be able to shift the focus of the rigid Indian, sub-terrain sports-fanatics.
India is yet to hit real roads of success in diversity of sports and although, recently, the sports facilities of the existing sports have improved drastically the nation is yet to offer a wide array of options for its citizens who can only really follow cricket in its full form at the moment. India has a long way to go in arranging a healthy sports system which, according to me, can only be done if India chooses to invest more in upcoming competitive sports facilities to bridge the gap between India and unique competitive sports like baseball, motor-racing, rugby and ice hockey. All of these sports bring a new flavour to the table but, as of now, due to focus reasons and facility and interest fall-outs it seems unlikely that these sports will be successful in India.