History of Indian hockeyField hockey is the national game of India.
Field Hockey became popular in India when the British army regiments played the game while stationed within Indian lands. Not long after, Indian regiments also picked up the game and began playing regularly. The first Indian hockey club was formed in Calcutta in 1885-86, followed by Bombay and Punjab.
In the Olympic Games, India played hockey for the first time at the 1928 Games held in Amsterdam, when they reached the final. In the final, India defeated Holland by three goals to nil.
The Indians brought a touch of magic to their play and their ball juggling feats were a sheer delight.
The golden era of hockey in India was the period from 1928 to 1956 when India won 6 consecutive gold medals in the Olympic Games. During that era, India played 24 Olympic matches, winning all 24, scoring 178 goals and conceding only 7.
In 1960 after 28 consecutive victories in the Olympic Games, India lost 0-1 to Pakistan in the final at the Rome Olympics.
India however won gold medal in 1964 Tokyo Olympics. However another gold medal for India came in the 1980 Moscow Olympics only and none thereafter so far.
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