India needs a wide range of sports reform. This article attempts to capture the scope of reform needed to help India and its athletes achieve their sporting potential & ambition in the long term
In order to leverage India’s demographic dividend to our advantage, India has to find a way to integrate sports into our every day. Sports has the power to heal, build character, resolve differences, unite people and create cohesiveness within a nation. Change through sport creates a deeper granular impact that prepares future generations and helps integrate people, cultures and religions.
Sports develops life skills defined as “abilities that enable individuals to succeed in different environments be it school, home and local communities”. A few examples of life skills include coping with success and failure, self-discipline, performing under pressure, managing thoughts and emotions and time management.
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Investments in sports is a collective effort towards nation building. It empowers communities and develops skill & improves national health. In time, it leads to a healthy and vibrant ‘youth force’ that propels the country forward. Most importantly, sports unites communities, builds national pride, changes mentalities, creates community icons and breeds next generation leaders.
Sport has the potential to be used as a vehicle for sustainable social change. This is critical as India marches forward, in its journey to fulfill its economic potential and social promise,