The scenario of Sports in India and the World is of great importance as it provides the opportunity for infrastructure development, provides huge employment options. Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder-Editor of The Policy Times spoke with Mr. Nihal Pradeep, CEO of Dartle on the Future of Indian Sports Post Pandemic & Role of Schools.
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A sport is a very important subject for the future of India. Especially in terms of parents endorsing sport and then people starting to embrace sports as an actual system. Mr. Nihal feels that it is going to be a challenge and rather than looking at academics and sports which is why he strongly believes that academic and sports has to go hand in hand because particularly in India it is going to require a huge cultural shift, mentality shift to transform the thought process especially of parents in terms of letting their children go into sports.
Putting together a program which is purely right at this point of time it is focused on developing their health aspects and this is utilizing the game spirit which the schools already have trying to make it a little bit more efficient and it’s not directed towards any sport but rather it focuses on certain exercises which will help develop a child along with three aspects one is his physical ability one is the psychological ability the third one is the social interactions.
Talking about the lack of opportunities in sports, he shared that algorithm is now going to do is use this data and then transform it into a format that leading clubs globally are looking for so that means rather than parents now having to make compromise honest on the child’s academics to go for sports using this data using this algorithm and visualization the clubs will start to enquire about these players which mean the whole purpose of opportunity lacking in India which is the point which Ramesh sir was talking about the lack of infrastructure.
For infrastructure to come in for investments in this area the investors have to first find potential once they see that clubs from across the world are looking at Indian students. They will start setting up facilities to develop, condition, and nurture these players and nurture these players and that means it will further bring in more players who are more capable into the system which will attract more clubs again and this will be a continuous loop and improving this whole system.
In the conclusion, this might not be an immediate change like one might not see the change this year one doesn’t do this program one won’t see the change this year but if at least one student is getting the opportunity from one school that sets a huge aspirational value.
He said, “We are not forcing parents to make a compromise or a decision so that’s the beauty of what we believe or why we believe this system is this is the way in which we need to go forward”.
Dartle is a community sports platform whose aim is to contribute to the overall development of the sports economy in India and avail sports opportunities to opportunity seekers in order to ensure they sports is seen as a viable career option in India.