Friday, July 31, New Delhi: Covid-19 is a massive crisis that our entire world is suffering, a lot of things have been impacted and sports have also been affected. A lot of companies related with sports are suffering, but it is not the time to worry rather time for reincarnation. To discuss on this context, The Policy Times has organised an hour long Unleashing India webinar on “Enhanced Role in Sports to Making India an Olympic Powerhouse for National Reincarnation” on Friday, July 31st from New Delhi. The agenda of the webinar was to discuss the recovery situation that has happened due to Covid, to review of action taken during Covid 19, as well as discussions on restarting sporting activities across India.
The hour long web summit had Mr. Akram Hoque, the Founder- Editor of The Policy Times as the moderator, Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman of the Global Smart City Panel MTGF, chaired the show, with two eminent speakers Padma Bhusan Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Gold Medallist and a trend setter for National Excellence and Health Care, and CDR Rajesh N, Marine Submarine Engineer and International Expert on Sky- Diving and extreme Adventure Sport.
Speaking on the impact of Covid-19 in Olympic and sports, Padma Bhusan Abhinav Bindra said, “Sports has tremendously impacted by the Covid, for the first time the Olympic Games have been postponed. Sporting competitions, Olympic competitions have been suspended since March and it will not resume till the end of the year. The Athletes are always active in life and due to this it has somewhere affected the mental situation of many. But then the community of athletes has been the most resilient and have taking the situation in stride. There are two principles that an athlete or a sportspersons are following for the containment of the virus first is health and safety and secondly acting in a responsible way for curbing the virus. Sports are though resuming in some parts of the world and are adapting the new normal. The training of the athletes has resumed in India with a highly sanitised manner but the larger sporting system will take time to resume. Sooner or later everything will resume.”
“Uncertainty is part and parcel of an Athletes career. An athlete’s situation is always adapting to situation. Acceptance is another important aspect in an athlete’s life and with this acceptance it will give mental strength. And this is the time everyone should look apart from sport and athletics because it will make your mind fresh,” Abhinav Bindra added.
Explaining the sports industry in India comparing to global market, Dr. P. Sekhar, , “Covid is world war 3 without bullets. Sport is something which has to go in a different ambition. Sport’s is something which is going in all dimensions, in all aspects of life it is not restricted to any single activity. India is the origin of many sports but has really won a very few Olympics. The Global Fitness Market size 2020 of health club in India is equals to the Global market size of US$ 84 billion. There are around 210, 000 health and fitness clubs and around 183 million club members. The Sports good industry provides employment to more than 500, 000 people, more than 200 manufacturers and exporters are of sports goods and toys. The estimated yoga accessories industry market in India will be around INR. 500- 700 crores. A recent study showed that the annual expenditure on yoga classes, clothing, equipment and accessories in the US rose to $16 billion, up from $10 billion in the past 4 years. The people aged between 25 and 34 years spend mostly in the active wear”.
CDR Rajesh N focused on the importance of Sky-diving, and also to explain how indoor sky-diving can take part in Olympic, he said, “Sky- diving is looking its way making to the Olympics in the home of indoor skydiving set- up, it is likely to come up in the Tokyo Olympics. In India sky- diving has a long way to go, so we are introducing indoor sky-diving. An indoor skydiving for 1 hour is equal to 60 jumps in normal which takes 4 to 5 days for an athlete in normal. Sky- diving has multiple dimensions in presenting itself. It is an adventurous activity, probably the mother of all adventures. It is a professional activity for military people, sports activity for sportsperson and recreational activity for everybody else”.
“Unfortunately skydiving did not take off in India until 2000 and subsequently the interest grew and a lot of ex-military people and some sportsperson took a step in India. Sky-diving is just like athletics, it has 4 ways, 8 ways, 10 ways formation, artistic discipline and accuracy in this field. This year the Mondiale World Championship 2020 was held where about 60 -70 countries take part, unfortunately it is postponed. The 4 way is the fastest form of sky-diving. As a sport it is very demanding as it requires a lot of flexibility, strength and visualising capacity. As all other activities are resuming the activity of sky- diving post- Covid will resume from October,” He added.
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