Hockey - our national sport?

I'm definitely not a sports enthusiast and it is only with the curiosity of a lay person interested in facts that I wonder what is and should be the criteria for selecting a national sport. Hockey has always been considered the national sport of India. It truly deserved that status near the time of Indian independence. In the present time cricket has undoubtedly captured the Indian minds and I believe that those who gave that status to hockey; if were alive today will consider of awarding it to cricket.

I don't think that there is anybody there to blame for the degradation of hockey in the hearts of the Indian populace, but just that change is the law of nature and is inevitable. The sport further suffered massive setback in the popular opinion after the team failed to qualify in the Olympics. I think it inappropriate to award the status of a national sport based on the past glory alone. If the popular opinion is what matters in the criteria; the deserving sport is obvious!

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