The university provides sports facilities in various games of which most are centralized and some at the hostels. The following games are available in the university and are controlled & organized by the sports office which is located in the sports stadium, beyond the Aravali Guest House.
Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Chess, Football, Mountaineering and Trekking, Volleyball, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weight-Power Lifting, Bench Press, Body Building and Yoga.
The Sports office has an Assistant Director, Physical Education as In-charge. The office also has the support of Assistant, Junior Assistant besides the ground and other staff which includes grounds men and the staff from the horticulture and the sanitation.
The sports programs are run under the prevailing rules and norms as decided in the University Sports Committee which is headed by Dr. Rajib Dasgupta, Chairperson, USC. The other members are Dr Veena Hariharan and Dr Himanshu, Assistant Director, Physical Education who is a member. The current Sports Administrative Committees tenure is of 2 years w.e.f. 18.2.2014. University Sports Committee and has other members which includes Sports Conveners, the Sports Coaches/ Instructors and JNUSU Sports Councilor as its members. The committee meets periodically to plan and take stock of its programs its programs.
At the beginning of each academic year in August-September the Convener and joint Convener for each game is selected, and they are facilitated by sports office for the conduct of their club activities all through the year/session. The Conveners are also the link between the students and the sports office. Regular practice and annual competitions, Inter Hostel and Inter School competitions are held each year.
Facilities for coaching and instruction are available in weight Lifting, body building activities, Taekwondo, Tennis and Yoga round the year. The sports office makes all efforts to encourage students for participating in sports by organizing various sports, other related events and the participation of students in the extra murals etc. with the help of the respective club convener. As per the requirements the sports office proposes development and maintenance of sports infrastructure on the campus to the concerned section of the university. The Sports complex comprises of a Sports Stadium with large open seating for spectators, the sports office, a Yoga hall, Weight Lifting and Power Lifting hall and open space for games like Cricket, Football, Athletics & Volleyball and two clay tennis courts with a practice tennis wall for beginners.
Apart from facilities for fitness and games at the Sports Complex, some indoor sports equipment is also made available to each hostel like Table Tennis, Chess and Carom as well as facilities for outdoor Badminton and Volleyball in many hostels. Some outdoor fitness apparatuses like horizontal and parallel bars are being installed in most of the hostels. The sports office also organizes clinics and workshops and in the past has covered popular and relevant topics like leadership and fitness in sports, officiating and coaching of games and sports, women sports festivals and sports events for the differently able JNU community.
JNU Cricket Club
It is one of the most active clubs which starts practice and matches from early September and go on till the end of the following May. Besides net practice and friendly matches the club regularly organizes Inter-School and Inter-Hostel competitions each year, beside many friendly games at centre, School and hostel level as well as with other institutions and clubs. Depending on the standard of the players the JNU team participates in the Inter University competition and has also successfully organized Inter-Institution competitions in the past.
JNU Tennis Club
The club currently has two clay-courts for students which are also used by the faculty club. The activities are organized by the tennis club convener with the help of the sports office. A tennis marker/coach is available to coach the beginners and the faculty/staff children and give practice to the students under the guidance of the sports office. Annual competitions are held for the students at school/hostel level as well in the individual events.
JNU Athletics Club
Athletic Club offers facilities for practice at the sports stadium. The club annually organizes the Athletic meet for the JNU students in the month of Feb-March. Athletics coaching is available throughout the year by the Astt. Director PE who has specialization in the track and field events and fitness. The club occasionally also organizes special preparatory coaching camp for a week or two prior to the Annual Athletic Meet for the benefit of the newcomers.
JNU Badminton Club
JNU Badminton Club is one of the very active clubs of the University. By virtue of being an indoor game it can be played round the year. Apart from the regular daily practice sessions, the club organizes several events like-Training-cum-Coaching Camp, Annual Championships in all events, Inter-School and Inter Hostel Tournament (Men & Women), Fresher's tournament. Depending on the standard of the players the JNU team participates in the Inter University competition and has also successfully organized Inter-Institution competitions in the past.
JNU Mountaineering & trekking Club
One of the active club on the campus the JNU Mountaineering Club has regular high altitude Summer and Autumn trekking programs in the Himalayan foot hills. Treks are organized in desert also. For fun lovers looking for easy outings there are moonlight walks and cave walks. The club displays its achievements through regular photo exhibitions and for all adventure lovers there are documentary – movie shows.
JNU Weight lifting, Power lifting & Body building Club
The club is located at the sports complex, JNU. The specific fitness and body building classes plus sports nutrition counseling and coaching classes are organized under the supervision/guidance of ADPE in the evening from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm on all working days. Facilities are available to both men & women students. The club has produced some promising lifters in the last two decades. The students in the past have given exemplary performance by winning positions at state and national level competitions.
JNU Yoga Kendra
The club which was established under the UGC Scheme of "Promotion of Yoga Education and Practices in Universities" in February 1999 is located in the sports complex and is open to the entire University. The classes are held both in the morning and evening. Annual yoga competition is held both for the boys and the girls in different age categories.
JNU Taekwondo Club
The Club runs its activities in the Badminton Hall of the Students Activity Centre (SAC). The timings of the club are 5 pm to 6 pm for beginners and children and 6 pm to 7 pm for the advance level players, Monday through Saturday.
JNU Volleyball Club
The facility of Volleyball is available both at the sports stadium complex and at some of the hostels. It's a popular sports activity and the club organizes competitions at Inter-Hostel, Inter-School level and friendly matches in Volleyball each year. The club has also participated in the Inter University competition in the past.
JNU Football Club
This club organizes the Inter-School and Inter-Hostel competitions in the sports complex. Occasionally friendly matches and Inter Institutional competitions are also organized at the initiative of the club.
JNU Table Tennis Club
The clubs primarily function at various hostels where facilities are provided for the residents. The convener, depending on the interest and popularity of the game organizes Inter Hostel, Inter School and Individual championships in all events annually.
JNU Chess Club
JNU has some promising chess players who have won laurels at the Inter –institutional extramural tournaments. The club primarily functions at various hostels where facilities are provided for the residents. The convener, depending on the interest and popularity of the game organizes open championships.
The sports office makes all efforts to popularize and introduce new sports on campus as well. The sports nutrition, physical fitness, sports injuries management, career counseling in sports and sports specific skill development programs are held on need basis in groups and individual. In this direction sports festival & Sports Awareness Programs, programs for the otherwise abled, Inter Institutional and friendly competitions are mooted and organized periodically to give a boost to the JNU sports and games. Besides worthy use of leisure time and physical and mental fitness sports and games activities are planned to give joyful experience to JNU students and sports leadership qualities. Faculty, staff and their families are also accommodated in sports wherever it is possible.
At the end of the season the Annual Sports Presentation is held in end-March and all prizes are distributed for which some sports luminary is invited. Dignitaries of the University also attend the program.