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Sports on the go in India
Sports initiatives taken by the government of India have been dismal. Yet, they did show us a ray of light by making some progress on this front.
I STRONGLY believe that sports in India need a momentum as India has enough local talent; however it lacks appropriate facilities to nurture it.
 
Fortunately, certain action has been taken by the government to improve sports facility in India and make sports less of a leisurely activity and more of a dedicated effort.
 
 
The Army Sports Institute (ASI), established in Pune, has undertaken the responsibility to identify budding sportspersons and equip them with the facilities which prepare them for international sports events like the Commonwealth games, the Asiad and the youth Olympics.
 
In my opinion, providing formal training in sports is essential and this initiative should be taken forward. As stated in the article, the motto of the ASI is ‘To win Olympic medals for India and we will’. For this, the ASI is making every effort to infuse the spirit of sportsmanship in children from the tender age of nine and onwards.
 
Sports such as archery, athletics, boxing, wrestling and shooting are related to the army training and practices. Hence, giving training in these can be well undertaken by the Indian army. 
 
 
Besides, sports such as weightlifting, rowing and sailing require building of stamina which is another feature that is parallel to the army.
 
 
The 68 acre complex in Pune of the ASI and the residential academies set up in Kolhapur, Pune, Thane and Amravati (which train sportspersons under the Krida Prabodhini scheme); provide the required space and training which makes optimum use of the physical abilities of Indian sportspersons.
 
 
Even though countries like China have advanced training facilities in place already, India is making quick progress on this front by employing international staff for both, coaching and sports counseling.
 
Continuation of determined effort in this direction will enable India to make its mark in sports other than cricket, which is the fantasy sport of many Indian local boys. Provision of advanced amenities accompanied by developing interest in sports and physical training among the Indian youth will produce wonders for the country.
 
 
Hosting many other international sports events on the lines of CWG in Delhi, will bring to light India’s deliberate effort to encourage sports as a profession for the new generation. 
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