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Sports in India

the role of sports in politics and nationalism of India through the Olympics
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amelia volkert

on 5 May 2015

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God-fearing man
Physically strong
Spiritually steadfast
Control
Empowerment
Colonialism
Character development
Ethics
Morals
Ultimately- "devotion to God and Country" [4]
National identity
Nationalism
Social imaginaries-commonality
Expression
Globalization
Pride and honor
Level playing field
Top Sports
1. Cricket
2. Football (soccer)
3. Field Hockey
4. Tennis
5. Horse Racing
National Anthem

National Symbol
Patriotism
Unity
Sports & Religion
Olympics
Colonization
SPORTS IN INDIA
Badminton
Golf
Chess
Boxing
Shooting
Sports

Cultural power
Moral and behavioral code
Sports
Binding factor
British gave India it's first official "organized sport"
Olympic Aftermath
British Motives
Muscular Christianity
References:
[1] Hall, Donald E. Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
[2] Majumdar, Boria, and Nalin Mehta. Olympics, the India Story. New Delhi: Harper Collins Publishers India, a Joint Venture with India Today Group, 2008.
[3] Milbank, Alison. "Muscular Christianity: embodying the Victorian age." Theology & Sexuality no. 6 (March 1, 1997): 109-110. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed April 22, 2015).
[4] Alter, Joseph S. 2004. "Indian Clubs and Colonialism: Hindu Masculinity and Muscular Christianity." Comparative Studies in Society and History 46 (3):497-534. doi: 10.2307/3879472.
[5] Giulianotti, Richard. Sport: A Critical Sociology. Malden, MA, 2005.
[6] Kedmey, Dan. "No Indian Flag at Sochi Opening Ceremony | TIME.com." World No Indian Flag at Sochi Opening Ceremony Comments. January 9, 2014. Accessed April 23, 2015. http://world.time.com/2014/01/09/no-indian-flag-at-sochi-opening-ceremony/.
[7] Cerulo, KarenA. 1993. "Symbols and the world system: National anthems and flags." Sociological Forum 8 (2):243-271. doi: 10.1007/BF01115492.
[8] "India's National Anthem Completes a Century (Lead)." 2011.The Hindustan Times, Dec 28. http://search.proquest.com/docview/912785763?accountid=351.
[9] Vachicouras, Gary. 2004. "Fair Competition in the Olympic Games: A Christian Ethical Approach." Greek Orthodox Theological Review 49 (3): 307-320,417. http://search.proquest.com/docview/220283841?accountid=351.
[10] Awasthi, Shailendra. "Staging Olympics Will Boost Indian Sport: Spitz - The Times of India." The Times of India. April 15, 2015. Accessed April 22, 2015. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/Staging-Olympics-will-boost-Indian-sport-Spitz/articleshow/46928255.cms.
British-
YMCA
Olympics
Cricket
India-
"India Clubs"-associated with muscular Christianity
Empty Form
Sports-
More flexible form
Cricket
Clubs
Amelia Volkert
AS/REL 254
Langerquist
Immersion Project

Object
Original meaning & significance removed
New implications
Sporting events-
Respectful observance
‘Jana Gana Mana’-Indian anthem
2014 Sochi Winter Games
India Banned
& Flag
Competition
Power-play
Nationalism
Self-identity
Self-respect
Globalization
Games Ethics
War
Alliances and Friendships
Sacred
1920s-Olympics
Watershed of colonialism
National identity
Field hockey
National sentiment
India- #1
Army-sports
Discipline, character, teamwork
India as next Olympic Host? 2024 bid
"If India can
host the Olympics
, it will help
change the social atmosphere
towards sport in India. In the United States, there is fierce competition across various sports at the college level. Budding players from across the globe come to study in American universities to improve their sporting caliber. An event like
the Olympics in India is the push that sport in the country needs
." [10]
Religious ceremonies --> match rituals
1. Space-stadium & church
Sacred
Emotions
2. Spectators' organization-power
3. Temporal and rhythmic affinities
Calendars & times
4. Ceremonial role distribution-
Fans-clothes, ritual acts
5. Organizational framework-local to global
6. Order of game rituals
7. Communion of minds
Games -->religious ceremonies- life & death
Puritan and Protestant values
Teams-Religious group
Athletes- Icon
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