Why does our education system make it so difficult for those good in sports? Looking into this I realise, people in our country prioritise academics. 10th std usually marks beginning of the end of whatever sports a student is good at. Academics and its related pressure kill what little motivation the kid has which I think is sad. A healthy co-existence seems to be out of the equation and there are very few who prioritise sports.
As a student I have tried my hand at a bit of throwball, shotput, discus and javelin, I never pursued it due to sheer laziness. Not that it came to me easily too. But Man! It is hard work! I am not much of a sports enthusiast either, but I do know some people have a natural flair for it and some become good with practice. I know a lot of students and friends who are fanatically into it and I have, through them seen the changes it has brought in them. The benefits of sports are endless. Apart from increased fitness, it builds character, team spirit and stronger individuals who will in turn go on to build a strong country.
A Swedish proverb says – Those who wish to sing always find a song. I guess the truly inspired, endowed ones will find a way to get to the game of their choice. It works both ways. The game finds them too. While all this is the case, it’s my ardent, humble opinion that every individual ought to be given the chance to not just practise a sport but pursue it. The cynics may scoff, quoting there are bigger priorities. But I believe there is no other way to bring out the hidden diamonds waiting to be unearthed in the sports field. Especially in a voluminous country like ours, talent tends to remain unseen and it happens to be in the unlikeliest of places. When a country like China can excel in the international arena why cant we?
Our education system needs to be revamped. Sports needs to be accommodated. And by sports I don’t mean the once a week limp PT periods students have, or the fitness drill that puts students to sleep or the drab march practice two days before sports day, but REAL SPORTS. The one that teaches you character, team spirit, the art of losing gracefully, the one that gets your adrenaline thumping, the one that excites, the one that thrills, the one that tires you out, the one that makes you raise the bar, the one that teaches you the spirit of participation, competition and winning against all odds. The one that makes you say at the end of the day, ‘Yes I lost but what a kick-arse game it was!’ That is true sports and that’s what we need!