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Sports Department was incepted in 1984. Earlier it was functioning under the umbrella of Education department Chandigarh. The Department has established its full fledge establishments of Sports Directorate, District Sports Officer and Chandigarh Sports Council. Director Sports is holding the charge of Sports Department under the supervision of the Secretary Finance and Sports, Chandigarh Administration.

Since the Sports and games play a very important roles in Physical, mental and social development of human resource whereas the excellence in sports enhance the sense of achievements. A well established and adequately equipped sports stadia and playing grounds in the different disciplines of Sports have come up covering all the zones of the city. Lake Sports Complex, Sports Complexes, Sectors 7, 42, 46, Cricket Stadium, Sector 16,Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, Hockey Centre Sector 18, Football Centre, Sector 17, Skating Rink, Sector 10 are the main stadia/centre of the Department. Besides this Sports Department have two swimming Pools in Sector 23 and one Swimming Pool at the Lake Sports Complex. Not only the courts, stadia, Pools and playing areas are provided to the players, these facilities have been extended to the General public. Cricket Stadium, Sector 16 has been increased for 30,000 .The Department has broad based sports and games by involving the educational institutions i.e. Colleges and Schools. Scheme of Sports wings and Scholarship have been extended as incentive to the players. Sports department has 47 coaches working in the various stadia/centre who are imparting training to the players for honing their skills and abilities accordingly.

Chandigarh has produced so many National & International players and athletes who have donned India colour in various disciplines of sports especially Hockey, Cricket Athletics, judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Boxing, Wrestling and Skating etc.

Chandigarh has hosted so many prestigious National and International Tournaments with the collaboration of concerned Association/Federation like Asian Rowing Championship Indira Gandhi Women Hockey Gold Cup Asian School Hockey Tournament Men Cricket series women Cricket Test Matches ATF Tennis Tournaments. All India Civil Services Tournaments, All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey. A K Mishra Boxing Championship National Sports Festival for Women Sr. & Jr. Nationals in various disciplines of Sports. The department has also organized All India Tournament in the discipline of Football, Basketball, Handball and Table Tennis and other Tri-city in various disciplines.