Sports In Nawabi Era
.The urge for keeping themselves busy in the idle days, Lucknow Nawabs invented a number of sports. This lead to some royal competitions like Kabootar Ladana (Pigeon Fight), Parrot Flying, Patang Udana (Kite Flying) and Baazi Lagana (Betting) which used to keep them busy throughout the year. The employment of knowledgeable man to train and look after the parrot and pigeons make it clear that these sports were not only for fun but a sense of pride and honour was associated with them.
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Kabaddi : It is a team sport originally from the Indian subcontinent. Two teams occupy opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a "raider" into the other half, in order to win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team; the raider then tries to return to his own half, holding his breath during the whole raid.
Pigeon racing : It is a sport involving the release of specially trained racing pigeons, which then return to their homes over a carefully measured distance. The time it takes the animal to cover the specified distance is measured and the animals' rate of travel is calculated and compared with all of the other pigeons in the race to determine which animal returned at the highest rate of speed.
Kite flying : Kite flying festivals are a popular form of entertainment throughout the world. They include small local events, traditional festivals which have been held for hundreds of years and major international festivals which bring in kite flyers from overseas to display their unique art kites and demonstrate the latest technical kites.
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Sports : an integral part of lucknow
Lucknow has a warm subtropical climate with cool, dry winters.
With such a good climate lucknowites believe to have the sportsman spirit.Though people have everything that they need everyday but the spirit of sports can't be lost from hearts of lucknowites.
Cricket has been the most popular game since a decade.Many youngs have got the chance to play in internationl.Not only this but lucknowites have their charm in Soccer also.
In the Gomtinagar ground hundreds of people gather on holidays & most probably start a game of Soccer.
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Lucknow is bravely struggling to retain its old world charm while at the same time acquiring a modern lifestyle. Regarded as one of the finest cities of India, Lucknow represents a culture that combines emotional warmth, a high degree of sophistication, courtesy, and a love for gracious living.
The Pehle-Aap (after you) culture, popularised as a tagline for the society of Lucknow, is waning.
Lucknow has traditionally been a sports-loving city , specially in chess as most of them believed that intellectual games were much better than that of manual games as they sharpen the mind. In the past, other games like pehlwani, kabbadi, , kite flying, pigeon flying were also popular pastimes. Lucknow, for decades has been hosting the prestigious Sheesh Mahal Cricket Tournament. Today cricket, football, badminton, golf and hockey are among the most popular sports in the city. Gulli Danda has become a benchmark for the youth of lower society to achieve.
The main sports den is the K. D. Singh Babu Stadium which also has a world-class swimming and indoor games complex. The other stadiums are at Charbagh, Mahanagar, Chowk and Sports College.
The Golf Club of Lucknow, on the sprawling greens of La Martinière College, is one of the most famous golf courses in India.
The city has produced several national and world-class sporting personalities. Lucknow sports hostel has produced international-level cricketers such as Mohammed Kaif, Piyush Chawla, Suresh Raina and R. P. Singh. Other famous sports personalities include hockey Olympians K. D. Singh, Mohammed Shahid and Ghaus Mohammad Khan, the tennis player who became the first Indian to reach the quarter finals at Wimbledon.