In India, the Anglo-Indian word ‘gymkhana’ means ‘a public place with facilities for athletics’. It gets its origin from Persian language meaning gend (ball) and khana (house), a British equivalent to racquet house. With time, gend was replaced by ‘gym’ possibly through the gymnasium. Outside of Indian sub-continent, in the English-speaking countries, gymkhana refers to ‘an event comprising competitions on horseback, mainly for children.

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