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Sports in Varanasi

If you think Varanasi is all about ghats, temples, tourists and cremation, then you are yet to know the true essence of the city. There is another interesting side of the city that many people are not aware of, but it one aspect that the residents of the city simply cannot live without. And this unique aspect is the city people’s love for sports. Though, India can be essentially described as a sports loving country, but Varanasi is one rare city where we can find a perfect amalgamation of traditional Indian sports and modern global sports.

Wrestling in Varanasi


Kushti Varanasi

Sports in Varanasi are incomplete without the mention of its very famous wrestling or popularly known as kushti. Though akharas, also called wrestling gyms, are scattered throughout the city, the favourite practice spot for wrestlers remain the ghats of Ganges. For tourists, it is an interesting sight to watch several wrestlers practicing their moves and exercises along the ghats every morning. Narasingh Pancham Yadav is a popular name in the wrestling field in Varanasi. Narasingh Yadav won a gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games for 74kg men’s freestyle wrestling.

Relatively modern sports like cricket, football and hockey have caught on the craze and more youngsters are inclined to these games rather than traditional kushti. Judging the popularity of these western sports a number of coaching academies and stadiums have opened up in the city to encourage talented sportsmen hailing from Varanasi.

Cricket in Varanasi


Football in Varanasi

Like the entire nation, Varanasi is also stuck by cricket fever. Gullies and alleys of Varanasi are the favourite spot of street cricket in the city where youngsters freely play their favourite game without worrying about cars and auto rickshaws. Dr. Sampuranada Stadium in Varanasi is the official cricket stadium in the city that was established in 1964. A number of Ranji trophy matches and other matches are played here. Varanasi Cricket Association that came into existence in 1983, had been a boon for all cricket lovers in town.

Tennis in Varanasi


Varanasi houses a number of courts for both lawn tennis and table tennis. Most of the courts are located in Durgakund and Cantonment Area. Benaras Hindu University also has both table tennis and lawn tennis court. There is also a lawn tennis court at Rajghat. Keen Tennis Academy at Cantonment Area is a popular pick for learning lawn tennis in the city.

Football in Varanasi


Football is also a popular sport in the city, but the game is limited in small parks and grounds and not much initiative has been undertaken to hone the ability of football players in Varanasi. A club named Varanasi Football Academy is the only association that takes initiative to encourage good football players and organizes small-level football matches annually.

Popular Sports Personality in Varanasi


Singh sisters

Three sisters - Prashanti, Akansha and Pratima Singh are the basketball champions of the city. Prashanti is the captain of the Indian Basketball Team; the trio have made the city immense proud with their achievements. Another name that made Varanasi happy is Indian marathon runner Ram Singh Yadav. He has participated in Oympics of 2010 as a marathon runner.

Stadium in Varanasi


Sampurnananda-Stadium

The city has only one stadium, Dr Sampurnanand Stadium that is used for playing outdoor sports like cricket, hockey, football and handball. A carom board club known as Patel Sporting Club is also a favourite spot for sports lovers.

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    PANKAJ KUMAR NAVIK from JAUNPUR 56 Days ago

    I want to join sir..........

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    PANKAJ KUMAR NAVIK from JAUNPUR 56 Days ago

    I want to join sir..........

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    Ehu mili from Arunachal pradesh 226 Days ago

    .. i am looking for a football trainer... ???... rgt now iam studied at Varanasi.... koiii hai Jo mujhe football khel neh mai traine kareyy..? Thank you...

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    Utkarsh pandey from Varanasi 255 Days ago

    Cricket

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    Amaan Siddiqui from Varanasi 262 Days ago

    I want to join sir

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    Suraj rajbhar from Azmagarh narayanpur 270 Days ago

    Please sar admission jar do

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    Sachin Maurya from Cholapur Varanasi 278 Days ago

    Sir I want play cricket

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    Suraj rajbhar from Azmagarh narayanpur 278 Days ago

    Please sar admission jar do

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    Brajbhushan from Siwan 306 Days ago

    Good evening

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    Riya Singh from Varanasi 324 Days ago

    Sir we want play cricket......

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    ShivaniRastogi from varanasi 341 Days ago

    i want to give my trials in sigra stadium can it be possible

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    Rahul yadav from Varanasi 409 Days ago

    Sir my age is 17 years we want play the football so we need a good coach for me

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    MD kamran from Varanasi 436 Days ago

    I want to ply cricket ,I'm bowler

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    Vimal patel from Varanasi 544 Days ago

    I am vimal Patel I want to play cricket I old 13th years plz selected me

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    ANMOLfrom Meghalaya 79 Days ago

    There is impossible in varanasi

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    ANMOLfrom Meghalaya 79 Days ago

    There is impossible in varanasi

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    Mukesh from Mau (Utter Pardesh) 547 Days ago

    I went to play only Cricket

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    Diksha Nishad from Delhi 561 Days ago

    Any stadium in varanasi where i can do weightlifting?

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    Shiwani singh from Vanarsi 586 Days ago

    I want to play cricket

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    Yash mishra from Varanasi 655 Days ago

    Hii i am yash mishra playing crickert varanasi sigra studium 14 year age

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    ranjana from delhi 710 Days ago

    respect sir/mammaira ek bhut acha Frnd h jao bhut acha cricket khailta h but usko AGR ap logo k support milaiga toh wohh bi india k leai cricket khail paiga usko ek coach k jarurt h Varanasi k hi rhny wala h sir bhut acha khailta h usko koee support krny wala ni h plzz ap sabi sy req h ap logo usko support karo plzzzzzzzzzzz I req u

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