List of professional sports leagues in India

Modified 04 Apr 2013, 23:14 IST

The Indian Premier League, which in itself was based on the model of European football leagues, has led to the rise of numerous similar league competitions across many sports. These leagues have brought in new investors, more spectators and higher revenues, reason enough for more sports to follow in suit. Here is a list of the numerous professional leagues taking place in India, along with other events in the country that fill up the Indian sports calendar:

CricketIndian Premier League
HockeyHockey India League
BadmintonIndian Badminton League    
GolfGolf Premier League
WrestlingIndian Wrestling League
Mixed Martial Arts    Super Fight League
KabaddiKabaddi World Cup
CyclingTour de India

In addition to these leagues, IMG-Reliance, the company which owns all commercial rights for tournaments organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), is planning to kickstart a new football league in the country in the style of the IPL, while the I-League in itself is planning to expand, and could see new teams added in the coming years.

A basketball league of a similar sort could also be in the works, which would showcase a mixture of Indian and international players and would be the country’s first professional basketball league.

American football has made its entry to India as well, with teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in the Elite Football League of India.

Along with these league-based tournaments, some of the world’s most prestigious motorsports competitions have an involvement from India:

- The Formula 1 race calendar has a race at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi, and also has an Indian team in the form of Sahara Force India.

- The Buddh International Circuit is set to hold a World Superbike Championship race as well, in November this year.


- The FIM MotoGP World Motorcycle Racing Championship has an Indian team in Mahindra Racing, with the possibility of a race in India in the near future.

Published 04 Apr 2013, 23:09 IST
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