Sports in Hyderabad was always the vestige of Royalty. The truly global sport that came to India was Cricket, through the British. Patronised later by the ruling Nawbas and Princes of various states all over India. It gained prominence to its current state now where Cricket is next only to religion.
Hyderabad has been home to the most laziest set of people who had it all at their beck and call since time immemorial. Though they had the best parks and facilities, you would have hardly counted a dozen doing thier jogs early morning. Its only lately that you see gyms bursting to the seams, parks having a traffic jam on the jogging track, and Necklace Road full of beautiful ladies trying to keep that figure perfect!!
But despite this laziness, it still threw up sporting superstars quite often. It has played a significant role in inspiring confidence in the country's ability to produce sportsmen of caliber. Football was one sport that ruled the roost through the 60's and 70's, with Hyderabad throwing up quite a few sportstars who played at the international level. Hyderabad gave the world of cricket Md. Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, they best of the lot. Tennis had Pullela Gopichand -Badminton, and finally Sania Mirza hits it hard for lawn tennis.
But the food still beats the average hyderabadi, after a sumptous hyderabadi dinner its very difficult to do the jog in the morning!!
Hyderabad will play host to the Fourth World Military Games in 2007, under the aegis of International Military Sports Council.
The Games, to be held for the first time outside Europe, would witness over 3,000 army personnel from 100 countries competing in Boxing, Shooting, Archery and Swimming
Field Hockey is Indias national game. While the performance of the Indian team has been up and down of late, there was a time when it dominated the sport....
In the picture, the semi-finals in progress between Maharashtra and `Services' at the National Games 2002.
I was shooting the event at Hyderabad.