The whole world watched ODI between India and England with abated breath in the JSCA International stadium in Ranchi. This shows how much love and admiration the people of Jharkhand have for the game of cricket. Hockey, football and archery also find place in the list of much played and liked sports in Jharkhand.
Ranchi has the distinction of hosting the 34th National Games in February 2011.The various events were held at Mega Sports Complex, Ranchi. The then State Governor Shri M.O.H. Farook had declared the games open. Around 8,500 athletes landed in Ranchi to participate in various sports. Out of 23 disciplines, 19 were held at Mega Sports Complex, 6 disciplines like rowing, canoeing , kayaking and triathlon were hosted in Dhanbad while boxing, weight lifting and archery along with women's football and equestrianism were held in Jamshedpur.
Very near to this sports complex is Khel Gaon, which is spread across 56 acres of land. It is a residential complex for around 7,000 sports persons and officials.
The Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs has been under Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto. In the financial year 2012-13, a budget of Rs 7,500 lakhs has been proposed for this department.
Government has always come up with various schemes for promotion of sports, not only in big cities and towns, but also in villages. PYKKA (Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan) is a centrally sponsored scheme which was introduced in 2008-09 for upkeep, development and maintenance of play fields in all villages and block panchayats of the country. This scheme has to be carried out in phases, over a period of 10 years. It includes holding of sports competitions at the inter-school, block, district, state and national level in all states and union territories.
A Sports University will be started in the Mega Sports Complex on Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) basis.
A number of talented sports persons from Jharkhand have made India proud by dint of their hard work. Indian Cricket Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and ace player in women Re curve archery Deepika Kumari both hail from capital city -- Ranchi.
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