Sports in Jharkhand

Jharkhand has the honour of producing sports persons in various fields of sports, be it athletics, weight lifting, hockey or cricket. The following sports persons have brought laurels to Jharkhand state by sheer dint of their hard work, persistence and perseverance. They serve as torch bearers and inspiration for the younger generation today and cement the fact that one can take sports as a career too.The Jharkhand state government has lent a helping hand in instilling confidence among sports persons by announcing 2% reservation for sports persons in state government jobs. Sports has been made compulsory curriculum for school going children. The rural sports programme in Jharkhand has helped to find new talents in the field of athletics, weight lifting, wrestling, hockey, kabaddi and kho-kho etc. The teams constituted at the state level are given the opportunity to represent at the National Rural Games competition.

Sports Authority of Jharkhand

Sports in Jharkhand

Sports Authority of Jharkhand (SAJHA) is an organisation set up to promote and encourage various sports activities in this region. It aims at creating awareness among the younger generation regarding the importance of physical fitness and well-being that can be attained through active participation in various sports activities, yoga and other techniques. It is responsible for organising various events, tournaments, sports activities and training sessions for the people here, and to implement various policies proposed by the state government and central government, from time to time, regarding the development and promotion of sports activities in this region. This organisation is responsible for various events and activities in Mega Sports Complex, Birsa Munda Football Stadium, PYKKA and other upcoming sports camps and centres.

Art Culture Sports & Youth Affairs
Address: 3rd Floor, MDI Building, Dhurwa, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Phone No: 0651 – 2400740
Fax: 0651 – 2401083

Infrastructure for Sports in Jharkhand

As a part of its efforts to promote, popularise and encourage various sports activities among the youngsters in Jharkhand, the government has introduced various schemes and concessions for those interested in sports. Apart from well-equipped stadiums and sports complexes, monetary grants and financial assistance are also granted to the deserving sports persons in Jharkhand. Pay and Play Scheme of Sports Authority of Jharkhand (SAJHA) is one such initiative to promote sports talents of the state. These facilities and assistance provided by the government along with different private organizations prove as a boon to those, who are interested in pursuing various sports, but lack adequate means and facilities to do so. Tata Steel has plans to start a Hockey Academy in Ranchi just like the football and archery academies.The Department of art, Culture, Sports and Youth affairs has been given the responsibility to increase participation in sports and offer help to deserving candidates. Tata Athletics Academy (TAA), Jharkhand Athletics Association (JAA) and other efforts like Pnachayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan are some sports bodies for popularising sports among the youth today. The state government has announced that it would provide M.S.Dhoni with 5 acres of land to set up Cricket Academy in the state.

Popular Sports in Jharkhand

The state of Jharkhand is known to be home to myriad popular sports activities including hockey, cricket, football etc. There are numerous sports complexes, stadiums and practice grounds, sports training centres where practice sessions and tournaments are held frequently. Other games like shooting, kho kho, aquatics and many indoor sports activities are also popular among the people here.

Football in Jharkhand

The state of Jharkhand has its own football team that represents the state in various national level tournaments including the Santosh Trophy. Jharkhand Football Association has been established to look after promotional and developmental activities concerning football in the state. From selecting candidates for tournaments to their training, this organisation undertakes a variety of responsibilities.
Apart from the Football Association, there is the Tata Football Academy in Jamshedpur that provides extensive training for the aspiring footballers in Jharkhand state. This institute cum residential complex is well equipped with all basic facilities and provides an excellent ambience, for those who wish to train themselves in football.

Jharkhand Football Association
Address: Near Mecca Masjid, New Road, Post Office, Bhandaridih, Giridih, Jharkhand
Secretary : Ghulam Rabbani
Phone No: 0657-2221736

Tata Football Academy
Address: Inner Circle Road, Bistupur, Jamshedpur - 831001, Jharkhand
Phone No: 2221736, 2142137

Cricket in Jharkhand

Cricket in Jharkhand

Cricket is one of the most popular games played in Jharkhand. Formerly called as Bihar cricket team, the Jharkhand Cricket Team actively participates in various cricket tournaments and has won awards. Established in the year 1935 as Bihar Cricket Association, Jharkhand State Cricket Association is known to have produced many eminent personalities in cricket, who by their stupendous performances have made our country proud. Formed in 2000, it is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is considered to be the governing body for various cricket related activities in the state. JSCA International Cricket Stadium and Keenan Stadium are the most popular stadiums here, where a number of national as well as international cricket matches are played.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association
Address: Keenan Stadium, P.O. Box No. 68, Jamshedpur – 831001, Jharkhand
Phone No: (0657) 2432722, 2233950, 6571067
Telefax: (0657) 2432722
Email: [email protected]

Jharkhand Premier League

Jharkhand Premier League (JPL) is an initiative of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), along with Elite Sports Management (ESM), that aims at nurturing the budding cricketers and giving an impetus to cricket in Jharkhand. Jharkhand Premier League has five teams, from different parts of Jharkhand, namely, Bokaro Bulls, Dhanbad Diamonds, Jamshedpur Jaanbaaz, Ranchi Rangers and Singhbhum Shers. Its inaugural edition was played in March 2011 in the international stadium at Ranchi. The event proved to be a grand success and saw about 100 players, bought at the auction that was telecast live. Varun Aaron, Saurabh Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi were some of the remarkable players remembered for their action in the JPL.Varun Aaron one of India’s fastest bowlers played for the Singhbhum Shers while Saurav Tiwary played for the Bokaro Bulls and Ishank Jaggi for Ranchi Rangers. In the first semi – finals, Singhbhum Shers defeated Ranchi Rangers whereas Jamshedpur Janbaaz gained victory over the Dhanbad Diamonds in the second semi – finals. In a nail – biting finish, Singhbhum Shers emerged victorious over Jamshedpur Janbaaz by 27 runs and earned the status of the winner of the first edition of the Jharkhand Premier League.

Hockey in Jharkhand

Jaypal Singh Munda was the captain of Indian Olympic hockey team in 1928. His team won the 1st Olympic gold medal for hockey in Amsterdam(Holland). Sylvanus Dung Dung, Manohar Topno, Michael Kundo, Vimal Lakra, Sumrai Tete, Masira Surin, Kanti Ba are some other prominent names in this field.Ashunta Lakra (sister of Vimal Lakra) is captain of Indian Hockey team.

Boxing in Jharkhand

The state of Jharkhand is home to many talented boxers like Laxmi Padiya, Mishal Banjamin Lakra, Diwakar Prasad, Ritu Kumari and others, who have won accolades for our country. Jharkhand boxing association is responsible for the organisation and supervision of various boxing events and tournaments organised in the state of Jharkhand. Apart from this, there are organisations like Dhanbad District Amateur Boxing Association (DDABA), Tata Boxing Centre and others that provide training to the aspiring boxers in Jharkhand.

Jharkhand Boxing Association
Address: 27, Area East Road 10, Circuit House, Jamshedpur - 831001
Phone No: +(91)-8092085782

Sports Venues in Jharkhand

The state of Jharkhand is home to numerous stadiums and sports venues, where a number of tournaments and national as well as international matches are organised. With superior infrastructure and excellent ambience, these stadiums provide a conducive atmosphere to the players as well as the spectators.

Sports Venues in Jharkhand

JSCA International Stadium Complex

Established in 2010, with a capacity of about 40,000, it is one of the best stadiums in the entire country. The two Hill Stands – East and West Hills are special features of this stadium that makes it unique, as it is the first of its kind in India. In addition to the main match ground, there is a practice arena and practice ground, members arena, media stand, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pool and spa for the members, 35 suites for guests, corporate hospitality boxes, cricket academy and many other facilities distinguish this stadium from others of its kind. A number of ODI, IPL 6, IPL 7 and Champion League Matches have been hosted here.

JSCA International Stadium Complex
Address: Dhurwa Ranchi, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium

With a seating arrangement of about 35,000, this stadium played host to opening and closing ceremonies of the National Games of India in 2011. This multi-specialty sports complex, set up in the year 2009, fire and dust proof roofs, double lifts, warm up tracks, synthetic tracks, flood lights, space age design and state lounges, this stadium is one of the most sought after venues for numerous sports activities.

Features of Birsa Munda Athletic Stadium
  • 9 Lane Synthetic Track
  • 10 Lane 100M
  • 8 Lane Warm up Track
  • Seating Capacity :: 35,000
  • High Mast Light :: 1600 Lumens
  • Media Centre for 500
  • Indoor Warm up facility
  • 1,000 Bed Dormitory
Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium
Address: Mega Sports Complex, Hotwar, Ranchi, Jharkhand -834001
Phone No: 0651 – 2273072
Email: [email protected]

Keenan Stadium

Located in the Sports Capital of Jharkhand, in Jamshedpur, this multi-purpose stadium located in Bistupur is owned by Tata Steel, and is named after a former general manager of the Tata Steel, Lawrence Keenan. It is mostly used for cricket matches and is said to be the home ground of the Jharkhand Cricket Team. Established in the year 1937, it has a capacity of about 19,000. Its strong pitch is known for its green Outfield. Apart from Ranji Trophy matches, this stadium has been the venue for a number of test matches, ODI matches, youth test matches, first class matches, women’s test matches and many more.

Keenan Stadium
Address: Straight Mile Road, Northern Town, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand – 831001
Phone No: 06572233950

Mohan Kumar Mangalam Stadium

This stadium is located in the heart of Bokaro Steel City in Jharkhand and is managed by the Bokaro Steel Plant. It has a capacity of holding about 30,000 visitors at a time and is a popular venue for various sports events in the city. It has a corporate gallery for VIPs and an athletics track. It is the headquarters of SAIL Football Academy and has a training centre too. It hosts various national level as well as state level football league matches. Every year on 14th November, various colourful cultural programmes and events are held here.

Mohan Kumar Mangalam Stadium
Address: Sector 4, Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand

JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur

Established in the year 1937 it is a one of the largest multipurpose stadiums in Jamshedpur used for various athletics competitions and football matches. It has a capacity of about 40,000 spectators. This complex is well equipped with a multi – use stadium with facilities for athletes to train and a huge football pitch, with mono-synthetic running track, swimming pool, fitness centre and many other facilities. The Tata Archery Academy and the Tata Chess Centre are also present within this modern complex. It also serves as a venue for annual day celebrations for many schools here. In addition to football and athletics, a number of other sports events held here include archery, swimming, basketball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, relay, marching, shooting and various other track and field events. This sports complex thus tries to provide superior facilities to the upcoming sports personalities in Jharkhand, and encourages them to excel in their fields.

J R D Tata Sports Complex
Address: Straight Mile Road, Sakchi, Near Convent School, Jamshedpur - 831001
Phone No: +(91)-657-2144815

Other Stadiums in Jharkhand

  • Indoor Stadium, Dhanbad
  • JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur
  • Jaipal Singh Munda Mega Sports Complex, Hotwar
  • Birsa Munda Football Stadium, Morhabadi
  • Albert Ekka Stadium, Simdega
  • Lalit Narayan Stadium, Lohardaga
  • Indoor Badminton Stadium, Dhanbad
  • Indira Gandhi Stadium, Dhanbad
  • Veer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Thakur Vishwanath Shahdeo Indoor Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Ganpat Rai Indoor Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Albert Ekka Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Sidho Kanho Velodrome Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Tennis Stadium, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi
  • Tikait Umrao Shooting Range, Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi

Famous Sports Persons in Jharkhand

Jharkhand State is known to be the home town of many eminent sports personalities, who have proved their talents time and again and have achieved great laurels in different fields. With immense talent, these personalities are the role models for the budding sportsmen in our country.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Sports persons in JharkhandBorn in Ranchi, this Indian cricketer and captain of Indian national cricket team, is one of the most popular sports personalities at the national as well as the international level. His ODI and Test records prove that he is one of the most successful Indian captains till date. He led the Indian cricket team to victory in 2011, in the ICC Cricket World Cup, after a gap of 28 years. A right handed batsman and a wicket keeper he has won numerous awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year twice, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri. His immense talent and achievements have made him an inspiration for the budding cricketers.

Varun Raymond Aaron

Varun Raymond Aaron is a popular Indian right-arm fast bowler from Jamshedpur. He was initially a part of Jharkhand U-19 and Jharkhand Ranji team after being spotted by a talent scout when he was a part of MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. He is known to be one of India’s fastest bowlers. His first One Day International (ODI) for India was in October 2011 for the India-England ODI series. He made his Test debut the following month. His IPL debut was made in the year 2011 for the Delhi Daredevils. He is currently a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL and has been signed by the Durham County Cricket Club for the 2014 County Championship.

Deepika Kumari

Archery in JharkhandDeepika Kumari, from Ranchi in Jharkhand is an athlete, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in Archery. After receiving her training in Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur she won the World Championship title in 2009. Later, she participated in a number of national and international tournaments and has won numerous medals including two gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth games, gold medal in Archery World Cup stage 3 in 2013, silver medal in 2013 FITA Archery World Cup and many others. She won the Arjuna Award in 2012, and FICCI Sportsperson of the year Award in 2014.

Premlata Agarwal

A native of Jharkhand, Premlata Agarwal is the oldest Indian woman to have scaled Mount Everest. She is also credited for being the first Indian woman to complete the seven summits and the first person from the state of Jharkhand to scale Mount Everest. She was trained by Bachendri Pal and was known for her penchant for mountaineering. She has her name mentioned in the Limca Book of Records and has also been awarded Padmashri by the Government of India.

Jaipal Singh Munda

Jaipal Singh Munda was born in a remote village in Ranchi district of Jharkhand. Popularly called as ‘Marang Gomke’, meaning ‘Great Leader’, by the tribals in Chota Nagpur, he was an able sports person and a skilled politician. He was the captain of the Indian Hockey Team for the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and led the team to victory. He started a Hockey Team of the Mohan Bagan Club and actively participated in various tournaments. He actively campaigned for the rights of the scheduled tribes and was a member of Indian Sports Council and also the Secretary of Secretary of Bengal Hockey Association.

Adventure Sports in Jharkhand

Adventure Sports in JharkhandApart from the regular sports activities the scenic beauty and topography of Jharkhand makes it an ideal spot for adventure sports. Adventure lovers can opt for rock climbing, parasailing, paragliding, hot air balloon, kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, trekking, jungle safaris etc. Water sports like water skiing, paddle boat, rafting, scuba diving, sailing, snorkelling in Jharkhand are also quite enjoyable and must try activities for the visitors.

For the nature lovers, rock climbing in Chaibasa, Hazaribagh, Netarhat, Dasam, Sikidiri in Ramgarh and Khandoli Hills offer a unique and enchanting experience. One can enjoy the scenic beauty and the picturesque views of the surroundings. For hot air balloon head off to Jamshedpur, Deoghar, Giridih, Morabadi, Ranchi, where hot air balloon shows are arranged for the tourists, interested in admiring the nature’s beauty from the sky. You can go for trekking and forest safaris through the dense and thick forest covers of Jamshedpur and Giridih. There are activities like hot air balloon, paragliding, parasailing, aeromodelling, hilltop paragliding at Morabadi ground in Ranchi, Deoghar in Jamshedpur, Giridih, for the adventure lovers.

Kanke Dam is one of the most preferred destinations to indulge in some spectacular water sports activities. With its scenic surroundings and natural beauty, it leaves the visitors enthralled and raptured. Rukka Dam, Patratu Dam and Dimna Lake are few other options, if you wish to indulge in canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and other activities. The tourism department is taking utmost efforts to develop various facilities for adventure sports in Jharkhand and its efforts are being rewarded as Jharkhand is fast emerging to be one of the most sought after tourist centres for nature lovers as well as adventure seekers.

2011 National Games of India

The 34th National Games of India was held from 12 February 2011 to 26 February 2011, in Jharkhand, where a total of 35 different games were held in the three cities namely, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad in about 21 venues. The opening ceremony held at Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium in Ranchi by the then Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda. The opening ceremony was characterised by oath taking by Deepika Kumari, a short film on Jharkhand’s hero - Birsa Munda, arrival of mascot - 'Chhaua’ – a symbol characterizing Jharkhand tribal communities, a laser show featuring various sports icons of the state, namely archer Sanjeeva Singh, cricket skipper MS Dhoni, and hockey players Jaipal Singh Munda, Samurai Tete, Sylvanus Dung Dung.

Sports events in Jharkhand

Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), a team comprising of the Indian armed forces, managed to win the title by 70 gold medals. Manipur won 48 gold medals and was given the best state award. The state of Jharkhand won a total of 96 medals, including 33 gold, 26 silver and 37 bronze medals. The closing ceremony had taken place in the Birsa Munda Athletic stadium in Ranchi, accompanied by various events, including folk dances and cultural shows of Jharkhand.

Sports Awards in Jharkhand

Various sports awards are given away by the Jharkhand government on the occasion of Sports Day on 29th August to felicitate and boost the morale of national and international level players from the state, who have brought laurels to the country. The event is organised by the Arts, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Department of Jharkhand. The awards are named after various sports heroes in Jharkhand, known for their remarkable achievements and contribution to various sports - Birsa Munda, Jaipal Singh, Albert Ekka, Abdul Hamid and Anmol Aind. In each category, a male and a female are awarded. Birsa Munda award is given to national and international level players who have made the country proud, while Jaipal Singh Award is given to the trainers and coaches for excellence in their training. Albert Ekka Award is given for lifetime achievement in various sports, while university and college students who perform well in various sports activities will be awarded with Abdul Hamid honour. Anmol Aind award is given to felicitate school children for their exemplary performance in various sports activities. In addition, a Player Welfare Fund has been organised in Jharkhand to provide grants and concessions for the needy yet deserving sportsmen here.

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