Sports in India: The Truth
Achal Chaurasia – Sports in India
Sports is one of the domains India lacks. Despite being home to 1.3 billion people, among which 27% are youth, we are off the rails when it comes to sports. Who is accountable? What is the reason behind?
We can’t duly hold someone for this, what we can do is try better, make reforms and address the situation with delicate care so that we don’t miss on talent.
Major concern over thee has been being to prioritize sports as it should be, given the talent Indians possess, it has been a huge disappointment. From an Individual’s point of view and also from the Family’s point of view, Sports has always been discredited and it is often believed that if you divulge wholly into sports, you may end up ruining your career and your life. It is absoluteness to listen to these accusations from the country which produced World Class players and athletes like Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Major Dhyanchand, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, Sandeep Singh, Milkha Singh, Mithali Raj, MS Dhoni, and many more. Then every concern of every Indian Household is “There is no future in Sports” you should study and accomplish life goals.
In numerous situations, If you have support from your folks, you are side-lined by the reality of Poverty. Quite a significant number of people in India are under the blanket of Poverty, by not providing the means to grow, many talents never even get a chance to come forth. We can’t count this as anyone’s fault, but what have we done in this regard? The talent goes unnoticed, as it unravels only on the streets. Inadequate backing has often led to the demise of talent at many times, if this could be organized, India will see a rise in talents.
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If you have crossed the hurdles of Poverty and Priority, another challenge you will face is Poor Infrastructure. The concept of Sports at the beginner level is yet to be introduced in Indian Schools and Colleges. As a result, the talent gets dormant in the nurturing stage itself, people born with the natural talent of something significant cannot express themselves in front of an audience. You cannot grow alone, you need recognition from your mates, that recognition will lead you to glory, if you cannot present yourself, it’s good for nothing. Sports should be introduced as an elective study at the very beginning of the educational cycle.
Even if you pass all the hurdles life threw your way, you still have to worry about what is yet to come. Fighting all odds all your life, you reach at some point only to face bigger odds. Corruption. We are all aware of the forms of Corruption present in the Indian System. The entire Sports governing body is run by Politicians and Bureaucrats who have infected the management and operations systems. Top Brass has very little interest in well being of Sports in India, a major concern for them is how fast can they consume the budget. This plaque does not end with just one sport, the infection is quite widespread in all forms of Cricket, Hockey, Weightlifting, and so on. However, it is beyond understanding, how corruption has denied Indians the glory they deserve. Are they even admirable citizens anymore? Is this how it’s supposed to be for a Sports Enthusiast? The fight they put up all life and prepare to represent their crest, what do they get? Another dejection? However, Government and responsible authorities have taken many admirable steps to counter corruption and give every one of them a fair choice. These initiatives have led India to emerge from the mess and build its reputation in Sports.
Challenges for a Sportsperson don’t end soon though. Does it? The bane of playing sports other than Cricket! What’s the Indian National game? Hockey, isn’t it? Why is there far less recognition for Hockey enthusiasts? Or for time being, any other sport? What is it? Cricket is the game of glory and other sports are nothing in comparison? First preference to Cricket is understandable but what about allocation and recognition to rest? Everyone deserves a fair chance for their talent. The love for cricket should not overshadow the respect for other sports. Here are world-renowned athletes from India.
In Athletics, we had Milkha Singh, Paan Singh Tomar.
In Football, we have Sunil Chetri.
In Badminton we have Saina Nehwal.
In Boxing, we have Mary Kom.
In Tennis we had Sania Mirza.
In Hockey, we had Dhyanchand, Dhanraj Pillay.
In Shooting, we had Abhinav Bindra.
Every sport deserves equal respect and consideration. With this in no time, India will be the Sports leader in the world.
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With time Government and respective authorities have also taken significant reforms to counter the challenges for better Sports in India.
One such initiative is The Grassroots, they provide young kids with opportunities to showcase, learn and grow their talents at School and College levels. Introduction and Successful organization of Indian Super League (ISL), Pro Kabaddi League, I-League, Premier Badminton League (PBL), Hockey India League.
With time India is gaining momentum to be Super-power of Sports. This will be a huge change and lead to a magnificent change in Sporting Scenario around the world.
Author- Achal Chaurasia
A young businessman who has been in the line of entrepreneurship for quite a few years. He is an active learner and loves to know more about new technological developments coming up as well as how they can be put to great use to yield better results for society.