columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my deep concern at the poor
performance of our sportspersons at the international sports events. Even at the last
(name) Games, we drew a blank while very small countries like ( give examples) bagged gold
as well as silver medals. We have even lost our supremacy even in hockey, which has been
our national game for a considerable time.
In many schools
and colleges sports is considered as a time-wasting activity, and there are no proper play
grounds, sports coach and the other sports-related staff.
There is no dearth of budding
sportsmen in our country. We must spot and groom these talented sportsmen who can outshine
and do wonders at the international level and can bring laurels.
The menace of
politics, favoritism and nepotism, which has entered more or less all fields of activity
in our country including sports, is also considerably responsible for the deteriorating
standard of sportsmen at international level. Selection of the sportsmen should be done
strictly on the basis of merit and a sincere effort should be made to encourage sports
culture at the grassroots level.