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Following sports can prove vital for the overall growth of children!
In this era of ever changing priorities and modern lifestyle, it becomes very important that a child does not feel left behind. During the last one decade, following sports has become a top most priority. Football and Cricket are the two dominating sports.
Though owing to the wide publicity and live coverage of less preferred games like Badminton and Table Tennis, these games are also gaining popularity and fan following. Although in India there is no comparison with the followers of cricket, that has become a lifeline for billions.  

Off course, the legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Dravid, Kapil Dev and many others have contributed immensely to increase the popularity of cricket. Winning a couple of world cups have also increased the interest many fold. Incidentally, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is in progress in Brazil. Despite the fact that only a couple of Asian countries have been able to qualify and none from south Asia have ever qualified, the interest shown by Indians has not been less in any case.  

Until a few years back, the families having sporting roots used to encourage the youngsters of the family to participate right from the school level. But owing to the stiff competition for getting admission into a reputed college, it becomes imperative that one gets focused on studies. Therefore, a large number of parents do not encourage their children to follow any sports, especially after the middle school.

There is a common feeling prevalent among the parents that in order to achieve selection in the national school games, a lot of hard work is required. Hence, the children do not get to pursue their studies which results in poorer performance in the exams. The practice sessions are generally held after school.

Also, the distance from residence to nearby stadium prevents many parents from permitting their children to vigorously following any sport. Additionally, it has become very difficult to get a job under sports quotas, as the benchmarks have risen substantially higher with every passing day.   

Sport is fast becoming a passion. The interest and the thrill generated by the live coverage of EPL and IPL is one big example. Many of my friends will be surprised to know that even if your child follows sport by just watching it on the TV, it proves very rewarding in terms of personality development. Not only does it work like an impressive vent from the monotonous routine of homework and revision, but also raises the confidence level of the student. Additionally, the child's geographical and branding knowledge increases many fold.  

When one is constantly following any game of his interest, he gets used to calculations, becomes familiar with numbers and memorizes data, which eventually helps in progression in terms of mental maths. Also, you get to know a lot about the structure and economic background of countries participating in international events.

For example, Wimbledon has become synonymous with Great Britain. Likewise, Asian games give you a glimpse of the nations falling in the vicinity of Asia. Events like commonwealth games, Olympics, Winter Olympics give you a lot of exposure. One gets to know a lot of things happening around. This not only increases the level of general knowledge and general intelligence, but also helps in competitive examination. By acquiring thorough knowledge of sports, one can also convert his interest into a profession by becoming a statistician, commentator, analyst, columnist or sports writer. 

Even otherwise, it is always better to adopt an interest which you can follow for the whole of your life. Believe me, following sports on TV becomes a passion and one gets immense pleasure while remaining indoors. On top of that, the enjoyment of chasing your favorite sports, team and player is not comparable with any kind of extreme pleasure! When your team wins, the joy is beyond any of the worldly experiences. Go on, indulge in sport!

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