Sports in Hyderabad
The most popular sports played in Hyderabad, India are cricket and association football. At the professional level, the city has hosted national and international sports events such as the 2002 National Games of India, the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open women's tennis tournament, the 2007 Military World Games, the 2009 World Badminton Championships and the 2009 IBSF World Snooker Championship.
The city had produced highest number of Olympian footballers in India. Field Hockey and Cricket is popular among the current generation and apart from modern sports the Indian traditional wrestling (known as Kushti or Pehlwani) is popular among all group of people in Hyderabad.
The erstwhile rulers of Hyderabad state patronized the games and football became the most popular sport in Hyderabad that lasted till 1970. During the golden era of Indian football that exist from 1950 to 1970 consist of Hyderabad based footballers as a nucleus of Indian football team.
At the professional level, the city has hosted national and international sports events such as the 2002 National Games of India, the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open women's tennis tournament, the 2007 Military World Games, the 2009 World Badminton Championships and the 2009 IBSF World Snooker Championship.
International-level sportspeople from Hyderabad include: cricketers Ghulam Ahmed, M. L. Jaisimha, Mohammed Azharuddin, V. V. S. Laxman, Venkatapathy Raju, Shivlal Yadav, Arshad Ayub, Syed Abid Ali, Mithali Raj and Noel David; football players Syed Abdul Rahim, Syed Khaja Moinuddin, Syed Nayeemuddin and Shabbir Ali; tennis player Sania Mirza; badminton players S. M. Arif, Pullela Gopichand, Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Jwala Gutta and Chetan Anand; hockey players Syed Mohammad Hadi and Mukesh Kumar; rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Asher Noria and bodybuilder Mir Mohtesham Ali Khan.
Sports and Stadiums
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium The new Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 55,000 spectators, including an ultra-modern gymnasium along with a swimming pool. It has been recently accorded Test match status by the International Cricket Council. and serves as a home ground of Hyderabad Cricket Association.
The Swarnandhra Pradesh Sports Complex and the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium at Gachibowli are associated specially for hockey and football. SAAP Tennis Complex has a central court that holds 4000 spectators and has seven courts with synthetic surface, a sophisticated Velodrome for cycling at Osmania University. The Saroornagar Indoor Arena and The KBR Stadium are multi-purpose indoor sports facilities for, ping-pong, basketball, equestrianism, boxing, weight-lifting, gymnastics, archery, sepak takraw and shooting. The Aquatics Complex Stadium at Gachibowli, can host all water sports and synchronized events, with a capacity of 3000 spectators. Water games like rowing, yachting, kayaking and canoeing are conducted at Hussain Sagar lake. The city also has five Go-Karting tracks and a Paint Ball Field.
- This stadium has a capacity of 30,000 spectators. It is an ultra modern stadium with 8 line competition synthetic athletic track and 4-lane synthetic practice track. It uses the latest high-mast lighting for day-night events and provides obstruction-free viewing for all spectators and is a very picturesque stadium amidst breath-taking landscape.
- This stadium has a capacity of 4000 spectators, is fully air-conditioned, and a multi-purpose stadium. It has wooden flooring which is approved by International Federation and is up to DIN standards.
- Aquatics Complex
- This stadium has a capacity of 2000 spectators, is an aquatic complex for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized events. It is a temperature controlled pool through modern heating systems and fibre-reinforced polymer filters.
- Swarnandhra Pradesh Sports Complex
- Located in Gachi Bowli, this sports complex uses a synthetic turf with sophisticated sprinkler system for watering and drainage and has galleries with RC flat slabs and unique suspended steel roof structure. Pavilion housing the Federation Office and amenities including lounges for players, guests and media.
- Fateh Maidan Sports Complex
- One of the oldest sports establishments of the city, it is located at Basheerbagh in central Hyderabad. Literally translated, the name 'Fateh Maidan' means 'victory ground'. It consists of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, the newly constructed ultra-modern SAAP Tennis Complex & a multi-purpose Indoor Stadium among other establishments.
- This stadium has a capacity of 25,000 spectators and is equipped with floodlights around the field and provision of internal lights for the spectators. With dimensions 105 m x 70 m field and a 1-inch (25 mm) grass turf. The Stadium is run by the Sports Authority of Telangana, SAAP, was till recently the main cricket stadium for holding International cricket matches in the city.
- SAAP Tennis Complex, Fateh Maidan
- This central court has a capacity of 4000 spectators and has a 7 top class synthetic surfaces.
- This multi-purpose stadium has a capacity of 2000 spectators and adopts a world class wooden flooring with temperature control.
- Shooting Range, Hyderabad Central University
- This is an outdoor shooting range with a capacity of 600 spectators and facilities for 120 competitors at a time, with facilities for 15 different games at a time using latest electronic target equipment.
- Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (formerly known as Visaka International Stadium)
- This is an exclusive cricket stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.It has a capacity of 55,000 spectators and is built over 16-acre (65,000 m2) space. It provides one of the best facilities for the cricketers and best rest rooms in the world. The first match held in this stadium was between South Africa and India
City based clubs
- Kapadia, Novy (2001). "Triumphs and disaster: the story of Indian football, 1889–2000" (PDF). Soccer and Society. 2 (2): 19. doi:10.1080/714004851. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Where is football in Hyderabad?". DNA India. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
- Sen Gupta, Abhijit (7 November 2002). "Remembering unsung heroes". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Top sporting icons from Hyderabad". Deccan Chronicle. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Mohtesham Ali wins Musclemania bronze". rediff.com. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
- "Stadiums in India". worldstadiums.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- "Hyderabad IPL team named Deccan Chargers". cricketnext.in. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- "Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium". Hindustantimes. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Hyderabad test awaits india". The Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- "Giving a new dimension to badminton". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "SAAP Tennis Complex - Fateh Maidan". saap.in.
- "Disciplines, venues". The Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2003.
- "Stadium, aquatics complex opened". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 December 2002.