There are various Non-Governmental Organisations in the country working in various sectors such as education, health, women empowerment, orphanage, etc., but very few in sports. But the trend seems to be gradually changing as far as sports NGOs are concerned. There are some NGOs who have been working very closely with sportspersons in various sports both at the grassroots and the senior level.
As of now, Lakshya supports sportspersons from only six sports namely, shooting, tennis, boxing, cricket, chess and badminton. In the near future, one hopes to see more sports under the umbrella of Lakshya. The NGO has already set its sights on producing Olympians, as they have aimed at providing a helping hand to at least 12 athletes - qualify for the next Olympic games
at Rio in Brazil. In 2012 Olympics, five Indian athletes supported by this NGO made it to the Olympics, which included 3 badminton players and one each from boxing and shooting.
But, it is not only identifying and nurturing talent that is the need for such sportspersons, but they also need to be taken care of - in terms of their fitness, medical injuries, and rehabilitation, etc. At this juncture, a NGO by the name of Sports Health organisation has come into the picture, which looks after such things. The organisation also works to promote sports ethics, which is very important for a sportsperson along with issues like fight against doping. Dr Vipin Kumar PT, secretary for Sports Health Organisation said, “The organisation is committed to scientific guidance related to sports injuries, medicine, rehabilitation etc.” With the number of injuries that has been witnessed among sportspersons of late, such kind of NGOs are only going to benefit Indian sports.
"At the grassroot level (in different sports), people are very interested to know about such kind of injuries, medicine etc.,” added Vipin. But he also maintains that there are some senior coaches who are not to open to it, as they feel they have an experience of 20 plus years or so in their sports, so they can handle it. He adds, “But in the last ten years or so, sports injuries and its complications have changed a lot.” The organisation supports both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well.
While there are some NGOs which may not be completely dedicated to sports alone, like Yatn, a social service organisation, which works for the development for a better society. The NGO also encourages young talent in the country in various sports. The organisation once also donated a gaming laptop to a Vijayawada-based boy, Musunuri Rohith Lalith Babu in 2010, who had to travel to Europe to take part in a Chess competition. The high-end gaming laptop was required by the boy to practise for the competition. The NGO also looked for a sponsor to help in his travel expenditure.
With such NGOs working towards the development and upliftment of Indian sports, one can rightly assume that Indian sports is moving in the right direction.