STATUS OF GAMES AND SPORTS IN INDIA
Do we have adequate recognition for games and sports in India?
®If so, what are the games that are being recognized?
®If not,why are they not gaining recogonisation?
®What is the condition of our national game,hockey?
®Position in International Games-Asian games /Olympics
®Attitude of govt. and people and parents
Do we have adequate recognition for games and sports in India?
we do have recognition for games in sports and games
® The history of sports in India dates back to the Vedic era. Physical culture in ancient India was fed by a powerful fuel--religious rites.
® There were some well-defined values like the mantra in the Atharva-Veda, saying," Duty is in my right hand and the fruits of victory in my left".
® In terms of an ideal, these words hold the same sentiments as the traditional Olympic oath: ".......
® For the Honour of my Country and the Glory of Sport." The founders of the Olympic idea had India very much in mind when they were deciding on the various disciplines.
is a fascinating link between Greece and India which stretches back
to 975 B.C. The zest for chariot-racing and wrestling was common to
both the countries.
India, dehvada or the body-way is defined as "one of the ways
to full realization." In the day and age of the Rig-Veda,
Ramayana and Mahabharata men of stature and circumstance were
expected to be competent in chariot-racing, archery, horsemanship,
military tactics, wrestling, weight-lifting, swimming and hunting
guru-shishya (teacher-pupil) relationship has always been an
integral part of Indian sport from time immemorial.
is more than likely that many of today's Olympic disciplines are
sophisticated versions of the games of strength and speed that
flourished in ancient India and Greece. Chess, wrestling, polo,
archery and hockey (possibly a fall-out from polo) are some of the
games believed to have originated in India.
What are the games that are being recognized?
®The game of cricket is recognized to the largest extent.
®Whereas the other sports aren’t able to gather much attention
®For example ,hockey,our national game isn’t recognized that much ,as compared to cricket.
®Tennis is gaining attention slowly with our rising tennis stars such as Sania Mirza, Somdev Devaramman,etc.
®But sports like table tennis,football, etc aren’t recognized by many.
Why are they not gaining recognition?
®Some games aren’t recognized in India as much as cricket .
®They aren’t gaining attention and recognition because the govt.pays more attention to the game of cricket.
®The training given to the hockey isn’t so well equipped as cricket.
®Today, more and more advertisements are given to the cricket stars but has anyone wondered where our hockey stars are?
®Women games are also the games which aren’t gaining attention.
®For example ,hockey,our national game isn’t recogonised that much as compared to cricket.
®But sports like table tennis,football, etc aren’t recogonised by many but Tennis is gaining attention slowly with our rising tennis stars such as Sania Mirza, Somdev Devaramman,etc.
is the condition of our hockey the
®Does cricket's recent success deserve the 'national game' tag? Conversely, should the tag be taken away from hockey because the sport has been in terminal decline.
verdict is a unanimous 'no'. Hockey should remain our national
game, but the government should provide the sport fresh financial
impetus, other than a clean administration. That doesn't take away
from the fact, however, that cricket remains the most 'popular'
®Interestingly, being the national game,it does not entail any legal standing or financial benefit for the sport. It's an informal, honourable tag bestowed by the government and hockey is also not among the official national symbols
®Indian hockey's golden period was from 1928-56, when they won six successive Olympic gold medals.
®They also won the 1975 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur besides two more medals (a silver and a bronze) in previous editions. The last Olympic gold , however, came in 1980, and the team failed to qualify for the Beijing Games last August.
®"The fact is hockey still remains our best bet for an Olympic gold in a team sport. Cricket needs to raise its performance, especially away from home.
®Under the circumstances cricket needs to achieve much more to deserve the 'national game' tag.
®The government should look into hockey urgently."
Position in International Games-Asian games /Olympics
®India ,in Olympics Beijing 2008 could get 1 gold and 2 bronze medals.
®Abhinav Bindra got the gold medal for shooting.
®Sushil Kumar got the bronze medal for wrestling.
®Vijendra Kumar got the bronze medal for boxing.
Attitude of govt. and people
®The govt. gives sports lot of attention . Example M.S.Dhoni was given Padmashri
®The training given by govt. to the hockey isn’t so well equipped as cricket.
®Today, more and more advertisements are given to the cricket stars but not hockey stars.
®There is also a larger fan following for cricket than hockey or other sports.
®No. of people watching sports entertainment has increased over few years.
Do we have adequate training schools for sports?
Because basically sports is not given much importance in our country.
Govt. has not allocated any special funds to identify the talented players and to run special training schools for them.
As sports arena has not gained a wide publicity and popularity among the public even the few training schools we have are not brought to lime light.
The society or the parents are not encouraging sports as in foreign countries.
APART FROM THESE THE FOLLOWING REASONS CAN BE ATTRIBUTED:
Many schools do not have playgrounds.
Many schools are run without physical education classes and without physical education teachers.
There are no programmes to find the talents among the children from the Govt. side.
Parents focus their attention mainly on academics.
Many schools motivate STUDENTS only in academics and their concentration is in bringing out excellent results in academics.
A comparative study with other countries coaching
There are coaches for individual participants in other countries
The infrastructure of the other countries in sports is good, i.e, playgrounds and other amenities.
In INDIA only few states are having sports schools.
The recognition given to the players is far less as compared to other countries.
The remuneration given to the players is less compared to foreign players.
You can find the professional players in foreign countries, where as in INDIA it is not so.
Are the players given adequate support "moral/financial/nutrition"
NO,the players are not given adequate support “moral/financial/nutrition”.it is so because of the following reasons:
Players have to meet their own expenses.
Sponsors are less for major sports.
Nutritious food is not provided to the players.
Many people who have talents are unable to show due to lack of finance.
Some players do not get support from their family.
Some games are disappearing due to lack of encouragement and recognition.
Why is cricket paid at much attention or why are people crazy about cricket and not other games?
The answer for this question is as follows:
Playing cricket in the privacy of the clubs was more than just fun: it was also
an escape from the strangeness, discomfort and danger of the players stay.
Indians were considered to have no talents for the game and certainly not meant to play it, but they did it.