Sports in Tamil Nadu

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Different Sports has been played by the people of Tamil Nadu. These include both traditional sports and Sports from other countries. Tamil Nadu has some notable players in each sports.

Traditional Sports[edit]

Ilavattakal lifting


  1. Jallikattu - Bull taming sport celebrated during Pongal festival. Other names are Manju virattu and Eruthalvuthal.
  2. Uriyadi - Need to smash a hanging pot with a long stick, with the eyes shut.[1]
  3. Rekla race - Bullock cart race. It is categorised based on the height and strength of the bulls. Distance to be traveled is based on these conditions.[2]
  4. Ilavatta Kal - Hosted for young men. They need to lift a huge spherical stone.[3]
  5. Gilli-danda - Played with two sticks. Using a large stick to hit a smaller stick.
  6. Nondi - Played by folding one leg and jumping with other leg within some squares.
  7. Pacha kuthirai - Jumping over a person who is in bended position.
  8. kabadi
  9. Cockfight
  10. Malyutham - Similar to wrestling. Mentioned in ancient literature.
Rekla race in Madurai

Indoor games[edit]

Some of the indoor games are [4]

  1. Pallanguzhi
  2. Bambaram
  3. Aadu puli attam
  4. Nungu vandi
  5. Thaayam
  6. Seechangal


  1. Cricket - More people are interested in Cricket. Notable players from Tamil Nadu are Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Laxmipathy Balaji, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik. In Chennai M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is present with a capacity of 50000.
  2. Chess - Chess is a widely popular game in the state. The Tamil Nadu State Chess Association (TNSCA) is the apex body for the game of chess in Tamil Nadu. Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion. Described by chess commentator Lubomir Kavalek as one of the most versatile world champions ever, Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and was the undisputed World Champion from 2007 to 2013.
  3. Hockey - Less people are interested in Hockey. Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu is planning to set up a hockey academy[5]
  4. Squash - Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal are the notable players.
  5. Boating - Tamil Nadu government is planning to develop the boat racing in the state. For this 10 boating houses in the state are to be utilized.[6]
  6. Swimming - Kutraleeswaran is a notable swimmer.[7]
  7. Tennis - Chennai Open is a professional tennis tournament organised in Chennai every January. Notable players are Ramesh Krishnan, Ramanathan Krishnan, Vijay Amritraj, Mahesh Bhupathi and Nirupama Vaidyanathan.
  8. Motor racing - The sport was pioneered by Sundaram Karivardhan (1954–95) in its early days. Motor racing between the 1960s and 1980s was conducted at Sholavaram, a track used as a World War II air strip.[8] Modern motor racing events are held at the Irungattukottai Race Track owned and operated by Madras Motor Sports Club near Sriperumbudur and Kari Motor Speedway near Coimbatore. The people representing India in Formula 1 are from Tamil Nadu, namely Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok. In F2 European season held in 2010, Parthiva Sureshwaren and Ajith Kumar represented India.[9]
  9. Volleyball - Tamil Nadu team won Gold in National level Men's Volleyball competition held in 2011.[10]
  10. Archery - Srither won gold at Asian Archery Championship held at Indonesia in November 2009.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Traditional sports and games mark Pongal festivities". The Hindu (Erode, India). 17 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Madurai man wins ‘rekla’ race". The Hindu (Dindigul, India). 16 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Locked horns and a flurry of feathers". The Hindu (Madurai, India). 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bringing back to life the vanishing games of Tamil Nadu". The Hindu (Coimbatore, India). 18 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Veteran hockey players delighted with synthetic turf in Tiruchi". The Hindu (Tiruchi, India). 25 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Boating festival attracts revellers at Mudaliarkuppam jetty". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Shobha Warrier (6 October 2005). "Why Kutraleeswaran stopped swimming". Rediff India - Sports. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Memories of Madras: From Sholavaram to Irungattukottai". The Hindu (India). 11 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ajith Kumar to drive in F2 European season 2010". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 25 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Tamil Nadu bags volleyball gold". The Hindu (Ranchi, India). 18 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Champion archer Srither felicitated". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 31 December 2009. 

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