The history of sports in India dates
back to the Vedic era. Physical culture in ancient India was fed by a powerful fuel--religious rites. There were some well-defined
values like the mantra in the Atharva-Veda, saying," Duty is in my right hand and the fruits of victory in my left". In terms
of an ideal, these words hold the same sentiments as the traditional Olympic oath: ".......For the Honour of my Country and
the Glory of Sport."
Badminton probably originated
in India as a grownup's version of a very old children's game known in England as battledore and shuttlecock, the battledore
being a paddle and the shuttlecock a small feathered cork, now usually balled a "bird."
In the area of recreation
and sports India had evolved a number of games. One would be surprised to know today that games like, Chess, Snakes and Ladders,
Playing Cards, Polo, the martial arts of Judo and Karate had originated as a sport in India and it was from here that these
games were transmitted to foreign countries, where they were further modernized.
It is more than likely that
many of today's Olympic disciplines are sophisticated versions of the games of strength and speed that flourished in ancient
India and Greece. Chess, wrestling, polo, archery and hockey (possibly a fall-out from polo) are some of the games believed
to have originated in India.