Sports of Chhattisgarh

The state of Chhattisgarh has a robust culture of sports. The sports of Chhattisgarh comprise of football, hockey, cricket, basketball, kabbadi, volleyball, badminton and almost all other sports activities practiced all over India. Traditional sports activities too are practiced all over Chhattisgarh.

The Chhattisgarh Football Federation is the state association affiliated to the All India Football Federation. Its office is in Bhilai. The important football stadiums in Chhattisgarh include the Pant Stadium in Bhilai and the NTPC Football Stadium in Korba. They also serve as the venues for the All India Football Federation Tournaments. Hockey too is quite popular in Chhattisgarh.

Sports stadiums form an important constituent of the sports of Chhattisgarh. The Ravishankar Shukla Stadium in Durg is among the most important sports stadiums in India. The Priyadarshini Indira Stadium in Korba is a spacious stadium, having a seating capacity of 45,000. Besides being a sports stadium, it also serves as a venue for all important occasions like Independence Day and Republic Day. Moreover, a futuristic sports complex is under construction in the city of Raipur.

The district of Rajnandgaon has a prosperous culture of sports activities. The place has produced many national and international sports personalities. The city has the biggest stadium of Chhattisgarh: the Digvijaya Stadium. The city is famous for the sport of hockey. In fact, it is known as the ‘Nursery of Hockey’. The city boasts of the Mahant Sarveshwar Das Memorial all India hockey tournament, which was inaugurated in 1941. Both cricket and hockey matches are held here. The Ranji Trophy tournaments too are held here.

Bhilai is another city which makes a rich contribution to the sports of Chhattisgarh. The SAIL Athletics Academy facilitates in moulding and honing champions of tomorrow. About 75 sports tournaments have been organized in this city since the formation of Chhattisgarh.