Need ‘Make in India’ in Sports

The Policy Times wonders while sports is a national pride, why is it concentrated to a particular demography?

Why We Need ‘Make in India’ in Sports

There used to be a time when we were breed by our parents with the traditional philosophy of “Padhoge likhoge banoge nawab, Kheloge kudoge hoge Kharab”. But as the time prospered not only this thinking lost its’ foothold in the current scenario but also parents who started to loose their rein. It is needless to elaborate the various positivity of sports as we are all accustomed of. The changing time has really bought something like renaissance as which once used to be a means of maintaining physical fitness has now been a means to achieve milestones.

The New Face of Sports

Earlier which used to be just a means of recreation has turned to a means of respect and prestige. The achievements attached to games are no longer attached to individuals, it started playing an important role in shaping a country’s political scenario at the international level. Political rivalry was very much reflected at the Olympics between China and US. Who can ever forget the famous Ping Pong diplomacy of China which helped this People’s Republic of China to strengthen relations with the mighty the U.S.A. How can we neglect the importance of cricket in enriching the political rivalry between India and Pakistan? The various games at the international front like OlympicsAsian GamesCommonwealth Games are a clear indication of the rising significance of sports from just being a sport.

Sports is still Concentrated

While significance of sports has gone up, it has remained concentrated to the urban India (major cities) barring a few exceptions which is quite heart-rending. It seems a matter of concern whenever we look at the concentration of sports to a particular demography. While inadequate infrastructure remains a major reason for poor performance, it not the only reason. In the states where we are trying to bring FDI for the development can’t we build the required infrastructure? Or are we still considering the sports as matter of elite class which they are voluntarily kept at a bay. In a country where sports have become a religion and the performers have achieved the status of mini-god, a particular section of the country is made aloof. If we are striving hard to bring industrial development in these states then why not a step towards developing the sports. We make a lot of hue and cry when we are not able to bag enough medals in international games then what about the nil number of players from the states backward states of Bihar and North East. Obviously! No one would doubt about the talent and capacity of the players from these states.

The time has come to decentralize sports which has undoubtedly become the centre attraction of this modern society. Otherwise the day is not far when there would be organised voice against the government even on this pretext by players!