SPORTS IN INDIA- Development, Issues & Reform measures

Sports are one of the foremost admired activities in India. Almost nearly everyone makes themselves indulge in some sort of sports starting from hockey, cricket, football, badminton, court game to golf, swimming and athletics. The India of these days plays with a competitive frame of mind. The society has been modified with time and opportunities out there. Today, parents encourage their children to indulge themselves in various sports or games and earn name and fame for themselves. With the growing demand for all the sports, the requirement to possess an athletic body has additionally gained great importance.”

“To take Indian Sports to new heights, the task of governing and promoting them in India have fallen on a variety of Indian sports associations. Sports organisations just like the Indian Olympic Association and Sports Authority of India are approaching with numerous other ways towards raising the quality of Indian sports through numerous talent promotion programmes and many others. A number of sports academies and institutes are actively concerned in the grooming of Indian sportsmen. Moreover, there are numerous corporate houses standing to the rescue of sponsors-starved games. India has started an annual award for corporations that promote sports within the nation of over a billion.

National Sports Talent Contest, the Special area Games, etc. are some of the schemes and programmes thus developed by the Sports Authority Of  India solely for the promotion as well as the betterment of sports in the country. Through the National Sports Talent Contest, SAI tries to extract the talent in youngsters of the Asian country, aged between eight and fourteen years. While choosing a college for these youngsters, SAI rigorously analyses the sports facilities and residential infrastructure on the market within the schools. The army Boys Sports Company (ABSC), in association with the Indian Army authorities, is maintained by SAI, whereby boys aged between eight and fourteen years are chosen and trained. The chosen candidates are supplied with correct facilities and infrastructure to hone their skills in their adopted disciplines. SAI provides sports equipment for the trainees, kit, stipend as well as coaches. SAI has conjointly established SAI coaching Centres (STC) to catch them young and train them to become athletes.

‘GoSports’ is a venture that originated in 2006. It consists of the folks from various backgrounds WHO have moved forward to supply the proper ingredients to develop the sports business. It works as a Sport Management Consultancy to assist excellent sportsmen to get what they’re capable of. They’re making themselves readily available to aid the gifted players in their career management such that they will think about their game and leave the remaining to others. Go Sports conjointly lend a hand in formulating policies to push sports in schools and government bodies.

After being scoffed at for years, Indian sports persons have gotten due recognition within the world arena. Recent achievements of Indian players in numerous games and tournaments have earned them the respect they are to be provided with and also the media coverage which will facilitate them propagate their individual games. Abhinav Bindra awarded with gold in Olympics to Vijender Kumar and Sushil Kumar’s prize at beijing is worth mentioning. the arrogance of the Indian boxers has never been thus convincing. Saina Nehwal has earned been ranked as second position within the court game world that most of the people believe isn’t a surprise taking Saina’s labor into consideration. Somdev and Yuki Bhamri are ready to boost Indian lawn tennis to a different level. Squash too is obtaining its due within the country. Sunil Chettri’s stint with Kansas city could be a positive indicator of accelerating recognition of soccer in India.

The Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore recently mooted his point of view in a series of tweets seeking to remove the word ‘Authority’ from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as the phrase lost meaning in the current sporting situation. In addition, the minister expressed concern about the desperate condition of sporting icons struggling to meet fundamental needs. The Minister’s statement on the current sports situation has contributed to a discussion on how to develop the country’s sports environment. Against this context, it is important to understand the factors that adversely affect sports in India and the government’s steps to correct the situation.

In September 2017, for the period of 2017-18 to 2019-20, the Union cabinet approved the revised Khelo India programme at a price of Rs.1,756 crore. The programme ‘s main goal is to incorporate sport as an instrument for individual growth, community development , economic development and national development. The updated Khelo India programme will have an effect on the entire sports system as well as on infrastructure, community sports, talent recognition, competition structure and the sports economy.

In March 2017, 12 globally recognised Indian players were nominated by the government in which, for the very first time, as National Observers, solely for the purpose of the positive growth of assorted sports within the region. They analyse the prevailing sports infrastructure / equipment, scientific support and standard of medical facilities at the venues of the national coaching camps, among various responsibilities, and report the critical gaps. • Monetary assistance to promote the visibility, exercise and participation of girls / women at national / international level has been given to the recognised National Sports Federations (NSFs) under the “Assistance to National Sports Federations” project.

Despite the aforementioned measures taken by the govt., the sports ecosystem is of poor quality within the country. For a nation of over 1.25 billion, the prevailing sports infrastructure isn’t satisfactory. The shortage of best infrastructure and therefore the inadequate support of the govt. are sort of well displayed in poor performance of Indian athletes in major international events just like the Olympics. Small countries like Cuba, European nation and Lithuania performed well in the 2016 athletics compared to India. It’s time, the public and private sector are required to join together to elevate the Indian sports sector from the current deplorable scenario. Extension of Justice Lodha Committee recommendations on BCCI to all or any alternative sports bodies is a right step in this direction. However, this cannot simply be the end and therefore the work needs to be carried off to push sports in each and every field of discipline. They have to push sports, not only as a decent career but also as a decent business proposition too. We’d like the media to clear its stand to the fore-front and facilitate re-vitalise the sports that have gone down the recognition charts. The channels got to show live coverage of assorted games and not simply cricket.

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