While traveling in the train and hooking up to my mobile for the results of semifinal match of PV Sindhu, I jumped up in excitement after knowing the results that PV Sindhu has won the semi-final game.
After watching my jubilation and excitement, few co-passengers asked me if India has won any cricket match. When I told about PV Sindhu historic feat in Rio Olympics nobody could recognize her name and worse most of them are not aware of the Rio Olympics game.
This is India’s Sporting culture, a culture where if anybody has ever tried to run in a positive direction, the so-called detractors waiting for him/her to stop running. They can comment from there arm chair as why he shouldn’t run and what is the consequences for falling during the run.
A generation of people still in the shade of centuries of foreign invaders and mindset left by working under the British colonialism, unable to fathom the fact that the chance to human excellence is better if it’s not under the shadow of past baggage and the encouragement from the peers to pursue their dreams and aspirations.
The most important aspect and lessons for India’s Olympic journey or no cricket sports reveal that individual performance with sheer grit and determination has been able to make them achieve success in international sports. Starting from KD Jadhav to Leander Paes, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, and Abhinav Bindra to PV Sindhu.
There are 3 factors which have influenced the success of these sporting icons.
- Self-Determination, perseverance, and hard work against all the odds.
- Complete support from family
- Mentoring by a Coach who has played the game at top level.
Just think of these above sporting mentioned heroes, we can visualize the efforts put forward by Leander’s father Dr. Vaes Paes, Sania’s parents, Sindhu’s parents and her coach Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav’s parents and others.
It clearly states that no government as ever been able to produce a sporting icon with so many sports departments, so many politicians leading these sports bodies and so many corrupt bureaucrats.
It’s time to dismantle the entire government sporting bodies, associations and sending backs the politicians and the bureaucrats to their original job. Unless the whole system is not sterilized, the symptoms will keep coming.
It’s right time Government or any sporting bodies should confine their role only for creating or supporting sporting excellence centers across the country with the help from past sporting legends and giving the autonomy and support to sporting legends to take leadership roles.
They can produce more sporting icons. Our country with 70% of the young population should stay physically and mentally active by pursuing physical sports so that the future of next generation should be physically and mentally fit. It’s the duty of the government and the society to motivate the youth to pursue physical sports and develop a sporting culture so that the growth of the nation is Organic, not on steroids.
It’s high time government should confine its role in sports to only sports infrastructure development and act only as a facilitator to millions of youth to pursue their sporting excellence. If one Gopichand can create a sporting sensation like Saina, Sindhu, Kashyap, Srikant why not other sporting legends who have actually played the game at the top level can replicate the same success in other sports.
There where the approach should be very sincere from both the mentor and the government. The government should formulate a guideline so that more Dronacharyas can come to limelight and fulfill their passion for giving back to the country and can bring sporting laurels to India.
Its time for a different approach towards sports from the society and the government as sports has the capacity to give a positive direction to this vast youthful energy that India possesses now. India will then have a bright spot in next Tokyo Olympic 2020.