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The Indian Olympic Association was formed in 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata as its first president and since that year has been the body officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee as India's national Olympic organisation.


The Indian Olympic Association is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at the events. It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.


The National Games are also held solely within the jurisdiction of the Indian Olympic Association.

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The various Sports Federations of the country are affiliated to IOA.


Participating Federations and Associations (as approved by the Games Technical Conduct Committee)


1. Aquatics


The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) is affiliated to FINA, the world governing body for the sport. SFI was formed after the amalgamation of its predecessors - the National Swimming Association (NSA) and the Indian Swimming Federation (ISF).


FINA - Federation Internationale de Natation


SFI - Swimming Federation of India


2. Archery


Archery Association of India came into existence in 1973.


WAF - World Archery Federation


AAI - Archery Association of India


3. Athletics


The Athletics Federation of India is the apex body for running and managing athletics in India and affiliated to the IAAF and AAA. The AFI came into existence in 1946.


IAAF - International Association of Athletics Federations


AFI - Athletics Federation of India


4. Badminton


Badminton Association of India (BAI) is the governing body for Badminton in India. Based in Lucknow. It was formed in 1934 and has has 33 State Associations and 4 other organizations as its members.


BWF - Badminton World Federation


BAI - Badminton Association of India


5. Basketball


The Basketball Federation of India (BFI came into being in 1950).


FIBA - Federation Internationale de Basket-ball


BFI - Basketball Federation of India


6. Boxing


Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was founded on February 25, 1949. Mumbai is the headquarters of the body. The first National Championships were held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in March 1950.


AIBA - International Boxing Association


IBF - Indian Boxing Federation


7. Canoe/Kayak


Canoeing & Kayaking has 16 medals at Olympics and 35 medals at the Asian Games at stake.


Canoeing is a young sport in India which started only in 1986, under the SAI Special Area Games (SAG). Two Water Sport Centers were established in Alleppey and Port Blair because the locals are natural paddlers.


ICF - International Canoe Federation


IKCA - India Kayaking & Canoeing Association


8. Cycling


Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is affiliated to the International bodies like Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and Union Cycliste International (UCI).


UCI - International Cycling Union


CFI - Cycling Federation of India


9. Fencing


Indian Association was founded in 1974, recognized by Government in 1997 and affiliated to the Asian Fencing Confederation, Commonwealth Fencing Federation and Federation International D’Escrime (FIE).


FIE - Federation Internationale de Escrime


FAI - Fencing Association of India


10. Football


The All India Football Federation started functioning from its Headquarters, the Football House, Dwarka, New Delhi from 2006. Football House was constructed under FIFA GOAL project and was formally inugurated on April 17, 2007. 


FIFA - Federation Internationale de Football Association


AIFF - All India Football Federation


11. Gymnastics


The Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) came into existence in the year 1951 and is an important unit of the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG), Commonwealth Gymnastics Confederation (CGC) and Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU).


FIG - Federation Internationale de Gymnastique


GFI - Gymnastics Federation of India


12. Handball


The Handball Federation of India (HFI) is the administrative and controlling body for team handball in India. The organisation is a member of the Asian Handball Federation (AHF) and the International Handball Federation (IHF) since 1974.


IHF - International Handball Federation


HFI - Handball Federation of India


13. Hockey


Hockey India (HI) is the apex body of the country which has the sole mandate to govern and conduct all activities for both men and women hockey in India. It is recognised as National Sports Federation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India since 28 February 2014 as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.


Formed on May 20, 2009, it is also affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).


FIH - International Hockey Federation


HI - Hockey India


14. Judo


The Judo Federation of India was formed in 1965. During the same year the International Judo Federation gave affiliation to this newly constituted body. The first National Judo Championship was held at Hyderabad in 1966.


IJF - International Judo Federation


JFI - Judo Federation of India


15. Rowing


The Rowing Federation of India (RFI) was born on August 30th, 1976 and later affiliated with FISA, the International Rowing Federation.


FISA - International Federation of Rowing Associations


RFI - Rowing Federation of India


16. Shooting


The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was formed on April 17, 1951.


ISSF - International Shooting Sport Federation


NRAI - National Rifle Association of india


17. Table Tennis


Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) was established in the year 1926. It is a founder member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).


ITTF - International Table Tennis Federation


TTFI - Table Tennis Federation of India


18. Rugby


The Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the sole governing body for the sport of Rugby-Football in India. It was founded in 1968 and became affiliated to the International Rugby Board in 1999.


IRB - International Rugby Board


IRFU - Indian Rugby Football Union


19. Taekwondo


Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) was formed and established as a National Body of Taekwondo in India on 2nd Aug, 1976.


The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) accorded affiliation to the Taekwondo Federation of India in 1978.


WTF - World Taekwondo Federation


TFI - Taekwondo Federation of India


20. Tennis


The All India Tennis Association (AITA) is the governing body of tennis in India. It was established in 1920 and affiliated by International Tennis Federation and Asian Tennis Federation.


ITF - International Tennis Federation


AITA - All India Tennis Association


21. Triathlon


The Governing Body of Triathlon is the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Founded in Aviagon, France the ITU consists of over 100 member National Federations throughout the world, of which India is a member. The ITU is responsible to their member Federations for the conduct of all triathlons throughout the world with the exception of Ironman events.


ITU - International Triathlon Union


ITF - Indian Triathlon Federation


22. Volleyball


Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) is a member organisation of  FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) as well as of Asian Volleyball Confederation.


FIVB - Federation Internationale de Volleyball


VFI - Volleyball Federation of India


23. Weightlifting


Indian Weightlifting Federation was formed in 1935. The headquarters of the Indian Weightlifting Federation is in New Delhi. The Federation is affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association (Delhi) and is also a member of Asian Weightlifting Federation (Tehran) and International Weightlifting Federation (Budapest).


IWF - International Weightlifting Federation


IWLF - Indian Weightlifting Federation


24. Wrestling


The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) headquarters is currently in New Delhi.


FILA - Federation Internationale des Luttes Associées


WFI - Wrestling Federation of India


25. Kabaddi


The All India Kabaddi Federation was formed in the year 1950 to look after the promotion of the game and the Senior National Championship started from the year 1952. The new body, Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) came in to existence from the year 1972.


IKF - International Kabbadi Federation


AKFI - Amateur Kabbadi Federation of India


26. Squash


The Squash Racket Federation of Indian (SRFI) headquarters is currently in Chennai.


WSF - World Squash Federation


SRFI - Squash Rackets Federation of India


27. Wushu


Wushu Association of India is a Member of International Wushu Federation, Wushu Federation Of Asia and South Asian Wushu Federation.


IWUF - International Wushu Federation


WAI - Wushu Association of India


28. Lawn Bowl


Bowling Federation of India was formed on 21st November 1985. The Federation got affiliated to The Indian Olympic Association followed by affiliation to the World Body in 1990.


WB - World Bowls


BFI - Bowling Federation of India


29. Netball


Netball Federation of India (NFI) is the national governing body of Netball in India. NFI is a non-profit, government funded organisation affiliated with the International Netball Federation (INF), The Asian Federation of Netball Association (AFNA), The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.


INF - International Netball Federation


NFI - Netball Federation of India


30. Kho-kho


KHO-KHO Federation of India (KKFI) was established in the year 1956.


KKFI - Kho-Kho Federation of India


31. Yachting


The Yachting Association of India (YAI) was formally constituted on 15 May 1960 The YAI is affiliated to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).


There are currently 09 class associations affiliated to the YAI, ranging from the smallest, the Optimist Dingy to the largest, the J 24 class.


 ISAF - International Sailing Federation


YAI - Yachting Association of India