Friday, February 26, 2010

The National Sport !

It is rather embarassing for me to say this, but I have been a quiz enthusiast for a while now. But there was a little bit of a tale with regard to my debut.

It was the "prestigious" Maggi Quiz. I was in class 3. Like all other Indian kids, I loved cricket. So when I saw the question - What is India's national sport ? I promptly wrote down C R I C K E T.

That probably puts across the predicament Hockey faces in our great country. There were probably 2 peaks in the world of Indian hockey as far as popularity were concerned.

1. The very well marketed Premier Hockey League, with yours truly rooting for the Hyderabad Sultans.

2. Chak De India. Yes, it took something Bollywood to actually make people realise that this game actually had something to offer.

Now with some heavy duty advertising and the likes of Priyanka Chopra and Viru Sehwag associating themselves with the FIH Hockey World Cup, let us hope that their viewership and popularity goes in the right direction. Up.

So don't forget to catch all the action starting Feb 28 in New Delhi.

PS: Watch our for Prabhjot !

1 comment:

Sharad Ragas said...

I have a problem with the fact that we "must" like Indian Hockey because it is our national sport. I don't see why I must like a sport just cos our lawmakers said we that is the national sport. You don't see people getting peacocks instead of cats/dogs in the houses.. you don't send lotuses to your beloved ones. Why must sport be any different.

I am not comfortable with the fact that hockey enthusiasts play the sympathy card every time.. complaining about cricket and such.

I think a viewer must have a choice to choose the team/sport he supports.

Just an opinion.