Suchitra Akoijam

Research Scholar,

Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS)

JNU, New Delhi



The participation of women in sports in India has been increasing. More women are now seen taking up sports as their careers. Their participation level however varies in different regions or states. And some states are still a long way to go in this field.  On analysis of the participation of Indian women in Commonwealth Games the number had been very less and no participation till the 17th Games of 2002 which was held in England. However, after the 2002 Games slight increase of number is observed. National Games has been a platform to compete amongst the states and union territories in the country. Overall participation level of women is comparatively less than the male counterparts but there is an increase in number of women participating in the competition over the years. In various National Games Orissa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand are the states whose average women participation remains above other states. Delhi also has an average women participants. But other remaining states and Union territories have comparatively lesser average women participants. The reasons attribute to gender difference, various inequalities in different regions, social and economic barriers, lack of proper infrastructures and improper implementations of policies and programmes of Government.

Keywords: Women, Sports, Participation Level