Sports in Pune

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Popular games and sports in Pune include athletics, cricket, basketball, badminton, field hockey, football, tennis, kabaddi, paragliding, kho-kho, rowing and chess. The Pune International Marathon is an annual marathon conducted in Pune. The 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Pune.

History[edit]

Badminton[edit]

The beginnings of badminton can be traced to mid-19th-century Pune (then known as Poona). During a party, a few guests fastened feathers onto champagne corks and used the bottles as bats. They called this game Poonai.[citation needed] The first rules of the game were written in Pune in 1873, by the British.[1]

Garware Balbhavan is a well known playground and a recreational center located in the heart of the Pune city. It is known for its interesting and meaningful work in the field of child development since 1985. Balbhavan is a living institute that seeks to make Pune India's first child-centric city.

Cricket[edit]

Cricket is played between clubs affiliated with the Maharashtra Cricket Association, which maintains a domestic cricket team (the Maharashtra cricket team). This team, one of three based in the state of Maharashtra, competes in interstate matches and leagues such as the Ranji Trophy. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is where National and One Day International matches take place. It has been named after the First Prime Minister of Independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

An Indian Premier League cricket team based in Pune began play in 2011. The team is named as Pune Warriors India and was brought for Rs.1702 crores or $370 million. It is the most expensive team in the Indian Premier League i.e. Pune Warrior Pune which was owned by Sahara Group.[2]

A new stadium Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium built in Gahunje on Mumbai – Pune express way, inaugurated on 1 April 2012, is the Home Ground of Pune Warriors.The Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium has a seating capacity of 55,000 and is built on the Mumbai Pune Expressway.

Blades of Glory, India’s first cricket museum, is based in Pune, run by Rohan Pate, a former Maharashtra Under-19 cricketer, inaugurated during IPL V by Sachin Tendulkar and located in the quaint Sahakar Nagar.[3]

Football[edit]

Pune FC

The Pune Football Club, also known as Pune FC, is a football club that plays in the Indian Football League. It was established on August 2007.

Basketball[edit]

Pune has basketball at the Deccan Gymkhana club and at Fergusson College.[4] American football coach J. D. Walsh held his first JDBasktball India camp in Pune.[5]

American football[edit]

The Elite Football League of India (ELFI) – an American gridiron football competition slated for a Fall 2012 kickoff – has announced that the Pune Marathas will be a member-franchise.

When the Elite Football League of India was introduced in August 2011, Pune was noted as one of eight cities to be awarded a team for the inaugural season, although the team's games will be played in Balewadi. All 56 games of EFLI's opening season will be played at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, which will be retrofitted to host the sport. Named the Pune Marathas, it will be Pune's first professional American football franchise.[6][7]

Marathon[edit]

Pune International Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race held in Pune. The first edition of the race was begun in 1983, and the 20th edition was held in 2005. It attracts many international participants who compete with local and national runners in the distinct climate of the Indian subcontinent. It hosted the Asian Marathon Championship race in 2010.

Rugby[edit]

Pune has a rugby team, men's and women's, registered with the IRFU as Rugby Football Sports Pune (RFS Pune). As of November 2010, RFS Pune has qualified for First Division Rugby, while placing second in the Callaghan Cup Held in Chennai in the same month. Pune offers much promise in this sport. The women's team has been the national cup holder for two consecutive years and thrice since the all India women's 7s 2009. Till date, the Pune Women's team has 13 and counting India international players.

Kabaddi[edit]

Puneri Paltan is a Kabaddi team based in Pune that plays in the Pro Kabaddi League. The team is currently led by Wazir Singh and coached by Ramphal Kaushik. The team is owned by Insurekot Sports. Paltan play their home matches at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

Derby[edit]

The Pune Race course, located in Pune Cantonment, was built in 1830 over 118.5 acres (0.480 km2) of land. The land is controlled by the Indian Army. The racing season is from July to October every year. The Royal Western India Turf Club manages the race course. The course has two training tracks and two racing surfaces. Major racing events include The Pune Derby, RWITC Invitational, Independence Cup and the Southern Command Cup.[8]

Martial arts[edit]

Japan Karate-Do Nobukawa-Ha Shito-Ryu Kai India JKNSKI (Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Academy of India) is a direct branch of Japan Karate-Do Nobukawaha Shito-Ryu Kai recognised by Japan Karate-Do Federation. In India the academy of also approved by Indian national federation of Karate. The JKNSKI is headed by Naresh Sharma who is an international martial arts title holder and advanced dan grade in the Japanese martial arts. An authentic institution in Pune to practice and train in Japanese martial arts Karate-Do.

Gliding[edit]

Gliding Centre Pune

The Gliding Centre is an undertaking of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department, Government of India. It uses two-seater sailplanes, LET L-23 Super Blanik and other LET Gliding Planes. The flying season starts in October and continues to May or early June. Then club is closed during the monsoons. The club is open Sunday to Thursday except public holidays, Sundays is open day for joyrides, Monday to Thursday are for training.

Others[edit]

The National Education Foundation organises Enduro3, a cross country adventure race in Pune. It is normally a two- or three-day event with activities like cycling, trekking, river-crossing and rifle shooting.[9] The city was host to the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship.

Teams[edit]

Club Sport League Venue
Maharashtra cricket team Cricket Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Sinhagad Supremos Cricket Maharashtra Premier League Deccan Gymkhana Ground
FC Pune City Football Indian Super League Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
DSK Shivajians F.C. Football I-League 2nd Division Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Bharat FC Football I-League Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Pune Pistons Badminton Indian Badminton League Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Pune F.C. Football I-League Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Pune Strykers Field Hockey World Series Hockey PCMC Hockey Stadium
Puneri Paltan Kabbadi Pro Kabaddi League Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Pune Marathas American Football Elite Football League of India Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Pune Marathas Lawn Tennis Champions Tennis League Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Veer Marathi Cricket Celebrity Cricket League Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Pune Warriors India Cricket Indian Premier League Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Sport institutions[edit]

Prominent sporting institutions in Pune include the Nehru Stadium, the Deccan Gymkhana, the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium and the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.


The Nehru Stadiumis the home ground of the Maharashtra cricket team, and has hosted many prominent cricket events, including one of the matches in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

The Deccan Gymkhana has hosted Davis Cup matches on several occasions. The facility at Balewadi hosted the National Games in 1994 as well as the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. The Royal Connaught Boat Club is one of several boating clubs on the Mula-Mutha river.

A new cricket stadium, Pune International Cricket Centre is a premier cricket stadium in Gahunje on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Pune. This stadium is the headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association and home for the Maharashtra cricket team. It is a state-of-the-art stadium and the stadium also hosted the home matches of Sahara Pune Warriors, IPL team of Pune.[10]

Sports Persons[edit]

Cricketers[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Footballer[edit]

Badminton[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Table Tennis[edit]

Chess[edit]

Billiards[edit]

Weightlifter[edit]

Adventure[edit]

Swimming[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Rachel (7 May 2002). "Badminton – From Where did it originate?". Badders.com: The Independent Voice of Badminton. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  2. ^ Pune Warriors India – The Team
  3. ^ "Blades of Glory: Cricket history in a room". Wisden India. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pune Basketball". Open Salon. 
  5. ^ "J D Walsh – Press release point". 
  6. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune. [dead link]
  7. ^ Sean Gregory (4 August 2011). "‘They Need TV Product’: Why American Football Is Coming To India". Time. 
  8. ^ "RWITC – The Pune Race Course". [dead link]
  9. ^ "Pump up the adrenaline – Pune Times". Times of India. 23 January 2003. 
  10. ^ Singh, Ramendra (11 January 2011). "Wrong ‘un on e way". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 11 January 2011.