ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Haryanvi Jats as Indian Sports Icons

Athletes from Haryana won more than half of the gold medals at the Commonwealth Games 2010. Against the backdrop of the transformation of sports into global commerce, corporatisation and "shamateurism", this article uncovers some of the reasons for the success of the Haryanvi athletes in combat and contact sports. Rewards have so far only celebrated the famous; they have not created a sports culture. And a "sports policy" has been announced by the state government only after the CWG success. Will the new sporting icons help Haryana make the transition from an obsession with honour to a concern for human dignity?



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