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Indian Sports Personalities

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The article Indian Sports Personalities presents the lists of Famous Sports persons across the country. This article plays a prominent role in GA/GK preparation in many Competitive exams.


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In a country that is obsessed with a single sport, cricket, the achievements of those playing other games are often ignored. But apart from world-class cricketers, India has produced some of the finest sportsmen and women in every sport, from hockey to tennis and wrestling. These individuals deserve credit, not just for winning trophies and medals for the country, but for popularising sports, which are many times overshadowed by cricket. Here are the most famous Indian sportsmen and women one should know about.

Archery is the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. The word comes from the Latin arcus. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat. In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically called an archer or a bowman, and a person who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophilite.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Archery.

Name State/City
Atanu Das West Bengal
Abhishek Verma Delhi
Bombayla Devi Manipur
Chekrovolu Swuro Nagaland
Deepika Kumari Ranchi
Dola Banerjee West Bengal
Jayanta Talukdar Guwahati
Laxmirani Majhi Jharkhand
Limba Ram Rajasthan
Tarundeep Rai Sikkim

An athlete (American and British English) or sportsman or sportswoman (British English) is a person who is good at a sport and competes in one or more sports that involve physical strength, speed or endurance. The term’s application to those who participate in other activities, such as horse riding or driving, is somewhat controversial.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Athletes.

Name State/City
Amit Kumar Saroha Haryana
Anilda Thomas Kerala
Anju Bobby George Kerala
Ankit Sharma Uttar Pradesh
Ashwini Nachappa Karnataka
Baljinder Singh Punjab
Dharambir Singh Haryana
Dutee Chand Odisha
Gurmeet Singh Jharkhand
Inderjeet Singh Punjab
Irfan Kolothum Thodi Malappuram
Jinson Johnson Kerala
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Kolkata
Kavita Tungar Maharashtra
Kheta Ram Rajasthan
Khushbir Kaur Punjab
K. M. Beenamol Kerala
Lalita Babar Maharashtra
M. R. Poovamma Karnataka
Mandeep Kaur Haryana
Manish Singh Rawat Uttarakhand
Manpreet Kaur Patiala
Milkha Singh Chandigarh
Muhammed Anas Yahiya Kerala
Neeraj Chopra Haryana
Nirmala Sheoran Haryana
Nitendra Singh Rawat Uttarakhand
O. P. Jaisha Kerala
P. T. Usha Kerala
Ramkaran Singh Uttar Pradesh
Renjith Maheshwary Kerala
Sandeep Kumar Haryana
Sapna Punia Rajasthan
Seema Antil Haryana
Shiny Abraham Kerala
Soma Biswas Kolkata
Srabani Nanda Odisha
Sudha Singh Uttar Pradesh
Thonakal Gopi Kerala
Tintu Lukka Kerala
Vikas Gowda Karnataka

Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are “singles” (with one player per side) and “doubles” (with two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side’s half of the court.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Badminton.

Name State/City
Anup Sridhar Karnataka
Ajay Jayaram Chennai
Aparna Popat Maharashtra
Ashwini Ponnappa Karnataka
Chetan Anand Andhra Pradesh
Dipankar Bhattacharjee Guwahati
H.S. Prannoy Kerala
Jwala Gutta Maharashtra
Srikanth Kidambi Andhra Pradesh
Manu Attri Uttar Pradesh
P. V. Sindhu Telangana
Parupalli Kashyap Telangana
Prakash Padukone Karnataka
Pullela Gopichand Telangana
Saina Nehwal Haryana
Siril Verma Telangana
Sumeeth Reddy Telangana
Valiyaveetil Diju Kerala

Basketball is a limited contact sport played on a rectangular court. While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Basketball Players.

Name State/City
Anitha Pauldurai Chennai
Divya Singh Uttar Pradesh
Geethu Anna Jose Kottayam
Prashanti Singh Uttar Pradesh
Satnam Singh Bhamara Punjab
Shiba Maggon Haryana

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Body Building.

Name State/City
Ali Qamar Kolkata
Devendro Singh Manipur
Dingko Singh Manipur
Kavita Chahal Haryana
Laishram Sarita Manipur
Mandeep Jangra Haryana
Manoj Kumar Kaltagdia Haryana
Mary Kom Manipur
Nikhat Zareen Telangana
Shiva Thapa Assam
Sonia Lather Singh Haryana
Vijender Singh Haryana
Vikas Krishan Yadav Haryana

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a target called the wicket (a set of three wooden stumps topped by two bails) at each end.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Cricket.

Name State/City
Ajay Jadeja Gujarat
Ajinkya Rahane Maharashtra
Ajit agarkar Maharashtra
Ajit Chandila Faridabad
Ajit Wadekar Maharashtra
Anil Kumble Bangalore
Anjum Chopra New Delhi
Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad Bangalore
B. S. Chandrasekhar Mysore
Bishan Singh Bedi Amritsar
Chandu Borde Pune
Chetan Chauhan Meerut
Dilip Sardesai Margao
Dinesh Karthik Chennai
E. A. S. Prasanna Bengaluru
Eknath Solkar Mumbai
Gundappa Viswanath Karnataka
Gautam Gambhir New Delhi
Harbhajan Singh Jalandhar
Irfan Pathan Vadodara
Javagal Srinath Mysore
Kapil Dev Chandigarh
Kiran More Vadodara
Madan Lal Amritsar
MS Dhoni Ranchi
Manoj Prabhakar Uttar Pradesh
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Bhopal
Mithali Raj Jodhpur
Mohammad Azharuddin Hyderabad
Munaf Patel Ikhar
Murali Kartik Tamil Nadu
Navjot Singh Sidhu Patiala
Pranav Dhanawade Mumbai
Rahul Dravid Madhya Pradesh
Ravichandran Ashwin Tamil Nadu
Ravindra Jadeja Gujarat
Rohit Sharma Nagpur
R. P. Singh Uttar Pradesh
S. Sreesanth Kerala
Sachin Tendulkar Mumbai
Shikhar Dhawan Delhi
Sourav Ganguly Kolkata
Sunil Gavaskar Mumbai
Syed Kirmani Chennai
Virat Kohli Delhi
Virender Sehwag Delhi
Yuvraj Singh Chandigarh
Zaheer Khan Maharashtra

Car racing is a form of circuit auto racing with sports cars that have two seats and enclosed wheels. They may be purpose-built (Prototype) or related to road-going models (Grand Touring).

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Car Racing.

Name State/City
Aditya Patel Chennai
Armaan Ebrahim Chennai
Gaurav Gill New Delhi
Jehan Daruvala Mumbai
Karun Chandhok Chennai
Narain Karthikeyan Coimbatore

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Chess.

Name State/City
Abhijit Kunte Pune
Baskaran Adhiban Tamil Nadu
Dibyendu Barua Kolkata
Harika Dronavalli Andhra Pradesh
Hetul Shah Ahmedabad
Humpy Koneru Gudivada
Krishnan Sasikiran Chennai
Parimarjan Negi Uttarakhand
Pentala Harikrishna Guntur
Rucha Pujari Kolhapur
Sandipan Chanda Kolkata
Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi Chennai
Tania Sachdev Delhi
Viswanathan Anand Chennai

Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Football.

Name State/City
Aditi Chauhan Delhi
Bhaichung Bhutia Sikkim
Debjit Majumder West Bengal
Dr Talimeran Ao Nagaland
I.M. Vijayan Thrissur
Jeje Lalpekhlua Mizoram
Pradip Kumar Banerjee Bengal Presidency
Sunil Chhetri Secunderabad
Udanta Singh Manipur

Golf is a club and ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. Golf, unlike most ball games, cannot and does not utilize a standardized playing area, and coping with the varied terrains encountered on different courses is a key part of the game.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Golf.

Name State/City
Anirban Lahiri Pune
Arjun Atwal Asansol
Aditi Ashok Bengaluru
Gaganjeet Bhullar Amritsar
Gaurav Ghei New Delhi
Jeev Milkha Singh Chandigarh
Jyoti Randhawa New Delhi
Shiv Kapur New Delhi
Shiv Chawrasia Kolkata

Hockey is a sport in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. There are many types of hockey such as bandy, field hockey and ice hockey. Often one variation of the sport, such as field hockey or ice hockey, will predominate in a certain area and be known simply as “hockey”.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Hockey.

Name State/City
Ajit Pal Singh Punjab
Balbir Singh Sr. Punjab
Dhanraj Pillay Maharashtra
Dhyan Chand Allahabad
Dilip Tirkey Sundergarh
Gagan Ajit Singh Punjab
Gurbaj Singh Punjab
Helen Mary Kerala
Leslie Claudius Bilaspur
Mamta Kharab Haryana
Pargat Singh Jalandhar
P. R. Sreejesh Kerala
Rajpal Singh Chandigarh
Ritu Rani Haryana
Saba Anjum Karim Chhattisgarh
Sardara Singh Haryana
Suraj Lata Devi Manipur
Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya Karnataka

Judo was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Judo.

Name State/City
Avtar Singh Punjab
Devender Pawaria
Garima Chaudhary Meerut
Kalpana Thoudam Manipur
Navjot Chana Punjab
Rajwinder Kaur Jalandhar

Kabaddi is played between two teams of seven players; the object of the game is for a single player on offence—referred to as a “raider”—to run into the opposing team’s half of a court, tag out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court—all without being tackled by the defenders.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Kabaddi.

Name State/City
Abhilasha Shashikant Mhatre
Ajay Thakur Himachal Pradesh
Anup Kumar Haryana
Mamta Pujari Karnataka
Manjeet Chillar Haryana
Mohit Chhillar Delhi
Rahul Chaudhari Uttar Pradesh
Rakesh Kumar Delhi
Rohit Kumar Delhi

Mountain Climbing is the activity of using one’s hands, feet, or any other part of the body to ascend a steep object. It is done recreationally, competitively, in trades that rely on it, and in emergency rescue and military operations. It is done indoors and out, on natural and man-made structures.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Mountain Climbing.

Name State/City
Arjun Vajpai Maharashtra
Arunima Sinha Uttar Pradesh
Bachendri Pal Uttaranchal
Harish Kapadia Mumbai
Krushnaa Patil Mumbai
Kushang Sherpa Nepal
Malavath Purna Telangana
Mohan Singh Kohli Haripur
Premlata Agarwal Jharkhand
Santosh Yadav Haryana
Tashi and Nungshi Malik Uttar Pradesh
Tenzing Norgay Nepal

Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat (racing shell) on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Rowing.

Name State/City
Bajrang Lal Takhar Rajasthan
Dattu Baban Bhokanal Maharashtra
Devender Kumar Khandwal Banswara
Manjeet Singh Punjab
Paulose Pandari Kunnel Kerala
Sandeep Kumar
Sawarn Singh Punjab

Squash is a ball sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racket and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Squash sport.

Name State/City
Anaka Alankamony Chennai
Anuroop B. S. Kerala
Cyrus Poncha Mumbai
Dipika Pallikal Karthik Chennai
Harinder Pal Sandhu Chandigarh
Joshna Chinappa Chennai
Kush Kumar Dhampur
Mahesh Mangaonkar Mumbai
Mamta Kharab Haryana
Ritwik Bhattacharya Pathankot
Saurav Ghosal Kolkata
Siddharth Suchde Mumbai

Swimming is an individual or team sport that uses arms and legs to move the body through water. The sport takes place in pools or open water (e.g., in a sea or lake).

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Swimming.

Name State/City
Bula Choudhury Hugli
Khajan Singh Delhi
Kutraleeswaran Erode
Masudur Rahman Baidya West Bengal
Mihir Sen Bihar
Niranjan Mukundan Bengaluru
Rehan Jehangir Poncha Karnataka
Sajan Prakash Kerala
Sandeep Sejwal Delhi
Sebastian Xavier Kerala
Sharath Gayakwad Bengaluru
Shikha Tandon Bangalore
Shivani Kataria Haryana
Virdhawal Khade Kolhapur

Shooting is the act or process of discharging projectiles from a ranged weapon such as guns, bows or crossbows and slingshots. Even the discharging/launching of artillery, darts, grenades, rockets and guided missiles can be called shooting. When using a firearm, the act of shooting is often called firing.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Shooting.

Name State/City
Abhinav Bindra Uttarakhand
Anjali Bhagwat Mumbai
Chain Singh Jammu and Kashmir
Gagan Narang Chennai
Jaspal Rana Uttarakhand
Jitu Rai Lucknow
Kynan Chenai Hyderabad
Mairaj Ahmad Khan Uttar Pradesh
Manvanjit Singh Sandhu Punjab
Pooja Ghatkar Pune
Prakash Nanjappa Bengaluru
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Rajasthan
Samaresh Jung Himachal Pradesh
Sanjeev Rajput Haryana
Vijay Kumar Himachal Pradesh

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Tennis.

Name State/City
Jaidip Mukerjea Kolkata
Leander Paes Kolkata
Mahesh Bhupathi Chennai
Prarthana Thombare Solapur
Ramanathan Krishnan Nagercoil
Ramesh Krishnan Chennai
Rohan Bopanna Bengaluru
Sania Mirza Mumbai
Somdev Devvarman Assam
Vijay Amritraj Chennai

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small bat. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent’s options, giving the hitter a great advantage.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Table Tennis.

Name State/City
Chetan Baboor Lucknow
Manika Batra Delhi
Mouma Das Kolkata
Poulomi Ghatak West Bengal
Sharath Kamal Achanta Chennai
Soumyajit Ghosh West Bengal
Vishnu Vardhan Secunderabad

Weightlifting, also called Olympic-style weightlifting, or Olympic weightlifting, is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Weighlifting.

Name State/City
Geeta Rani
Harjeet Kaur Haryana
Karnam Malleswari Andhra Pradesh
Katulu Ravi Kumar Odisha
Komal Wakale Maharashtra
Manpreet Kaur Ambala
Mohammed Asdullah
N. Kunjarani Devi Imphal
Ngangbam Soniya Chanu Imphal West district
Pratima Kumari Bokaro district
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Imphal East district
Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham Manipur
Sathish Sivalingam Tamil Nadu

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be theatrical for entertainment, or genuinely competitive. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two (occasionally more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Wrestling.

Name State/City
Amit Kumar Haryana
Babita Kumari Haryana
Bajrang Punia Haryana
Dalip Singh Rana (Great Khali) Himachal Pradesh
Dara Singh Amritsar
Geeta Phogat Haryana
Hardeep Singh Haryana
Jatindra Charan Guho Kolkata
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Maharashtra
Narsingh Pancham Yadav Varanasi
Neha Rathi Haryana
Palwinder Singh Cheema Punjab
Panne Lal Yadav Uttar Pradesh
Rajender Kumar Haryana
Ravinder Khatri Haryana
Ravinder Singh Haryana
Sandeep Tomar Uttar Pradesh
Sushil Kumar Delhi
The Great Gama Amritsar
Vinesh Phogat Haryana
Yogeshwar Dutt Haryana

Wushu or kungfu is a martial art and a full-contact sport. It was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts, although attempts to structure the various decentralized martial arts traditions date back earlier, when the Central Guoshu Institute was established at Nanking in 1928. The term wushu is Chinese for “martial arts”.

Below table contains the list of Sports Persons in Wushu.

Name State/City
Uchit Sharma Uttar Pradesh