Cricket is the most popular sport in Jammu and Kashmir, run by JKCA.
When we talk about sports Jammu and Kashmir we mainly think of sports. Sports are only a part of the sports culture of this state. Apart from different categories of adventure sports, Jammu and Kashmir also has a national cricket and football team.
Also, the state has the highest golf course in the world and the most number of fishing courses in the country. The Great Tibetan Marathon which takes place every year at an altitude of 3500 meters is also attracting considerable interest in sports facilities around the world. First, let's talk about the state's sports council, which itself contributes to the development and promotion of sports at J&K.
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Jammu and Kashmir has 18 stadiums and 23 training centers distributed throughout the state. In addition, the Council maintains 43 playgrounds and three indoor sports complexes.
Let's see the 5 most popular sports of J&K?
Like everywhere else in India, cricket is one of the favorite sports in Jammu Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Associationmember of Board of Control of Cricket in India, fielded teams in different national tournaments such as Ranji Trophy Interstate Tournament and Duleep Trophy Tournament etc. Until 2012-2013, the team played 242 games.
The J&K cricket team has two home venues, Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar and Maulana Azad Memorial Stadium in Jammu. Most cricket tournaments in Jammu and Kashmir were initially held in these stadiums.
However, the good news is that the government is now planning to restore the MAM stadium and a budget of one hundred crore rupees has been set for this. There is also a proposal to build an international cricket stadium at Bajalta in Jammu.
Football is the 2nd most popular sport in Jammu and Kashmir. J&K Football Associationwho is a member of Indian Football Federation, is responsible for the development of sports in the state. It controls the football clubs in the state and organizes different tournaments at the state level.
At present, there are about 500 football clubs in the state, which participate in different tournaments at national and regional level. The Jammu and Kashmir football team regularly participates in the Sontosh Trophy tournament.
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Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar is a popular venue for most football tournaments in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the land is also used to organize other sports activities. This is why an exclusive football ground with a capacity of 15 spectators was built in the city.
Hockey is the 3rd most popular game in Jammu and Kashmir. J&K Hockey Team participates in different tournaments all over India. Ice hockey is also a popular sport in the state, especially in the Ladakh region.
To promote this game, Jammu and Kashmir Ice Hockey Association organizes annual tournaments in Leh. Enthusiasts from all over India often come here to experience this annual event.
Golf is the fourth most popular sport at J&K. Among them, Kashmir Golf Club and Royal Spring Golf Course are located in Srinagar. Besides, there are the Gulmarg Golf Club, Pahalgam Golf Club et Sanasar Golf Club.
Incidentally, the thirteen-hole golf course in Gulmarg is the tallest in the world. All of these clubs offer golf equipment at a reasonable rate. One can also benefit from temporary membership in these clubs.
Rugby is another popular sport in Jammu and Kashmir. Indeed, the state has a number of exceptionally brilliant rugby players. Tournaments are held at state and district levels to give new impetus to the sport. Kabbadi and kho-kho too are enthusiastically played in Jammu and Kashmir.
Tournaments in these areas are not only held at the district and state level, but teams are also sent to participate in the competitions at the national level. In addition, regular tournaments of table tennis, basketball, baseball, etc. are organized at district and state level in Jammu and Kashmir.
Kabaddi and boxing are two more honorable mentions for the list of top 10 most popular sports in India. Tell us about your favorite sport in the comments below.
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