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Indian sport is not synonymous to Cricket. While cricket still remains a religion in the nation, 2016 saw Indians shining in full glory in a vast range of sports beyond cricket! Here are the top sports glories that India scored in 2016:
Medals at Rio Olympics
Yes, compared to many other nations, our double medal win doesn’t seem an impressive stat. But, that does not take anything away from our girls, Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu, who made India proud with their two medals for Wrestling and Badminton respectively. Dipa Karmakar, of Gymnastics, did not win a medal, but with her Produnova performance, the 23-year-old won a million hearts!
Medals in Paralympics
Our gifted athletics Mariyappan Thangavelu, Devendra Jhajharia, Deepa Malik, and Varun Singh Bhakti got us 1 gold, 2 silvers, and a bronze medal.
The Kabaddi World Champs
India reclaimed its glory in Kabbadi, a game with its origin in our country, by beating Iran and winning the Kabaddi World Cup on 2016!
Fun fact: Kabaddi originated in Tamil Nadu, and the name is derived from the word “Kai-pidi,” meaning to hold hands.
Winning the world in Junior Hockey
Hockey is India’s national sport, but it has been a while since India has emerged a champion at the International level. But fret not, our future does look bright, as the Juniors clinched the world title in Junior Hockey World Cup 2016. Let us wait and watch folks!
The silver lining in Junior Chess
The juniors in India sure are shining. Nandhidhaa Pv made India proud by bringing home the silver medal in junior chess championship in 2016.
Numero Uno in ICC Test Cricket Ranking
And finally, Indian cricket team finished the year by holding the top ICC Test Ranking. They remained unbeaten in 18 Test Matches through the year!
While 2016 has had its ups and downs, it was a year of bright and shining Indian sports persons. Let their class and form follow them to the many years to come. Did we miss a big win? Comment below or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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