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The Need For India To Transform Into A Sport Playing Nation

Sachin In Rajya Sabha
First, what the Congress party did to Sachin was utterly disgusting. Sachin was speaking for the first time in his journey as a Parliamentarian, which is about to end this year. he is one of the most decorated cricketers in the world and what Congress did amounts to an insult to a legendary player who devoted his life to Cricket and made the nation proud with his miraculous innings.

Sachin was not there to participate in legislation. He just wanted to use the forum to reach out to the countrymen. He could have done that very easily with the help of media and social media. But, at the very first time, he probably wanted to discharge his duty as an MP— by not just showing his presence in the parliament but speaking there as well. I think, our politicians have justified the reason behind Sachin’s disappearance in the Parliament.

What Sachin said—

Sachin did use social media to reach out to the people to convey his message that he wished to do earlier in the Upper house. In his speech, he linked sports to health and fitness and presented that by 2020, India would become the youngest nation in the world in terms of average age f the citizens. But, at the same time, India has become the diabetic capital of the world and is only at number 3 spot when it comes to obesity. The economic burden of this to the country is ₹(4Cr) Cr, he said.

We need to be a sport playing nation rather than just sport. Our fitness sessions are becoming light while our eating sessions are getting heavier. In this age of mobile phone, we’re becoming immobile, added Sachin playfully.

There is a need to revive the sporting culture in India. North-east India, for example, is a great example of sport-playing state and from where several sporting legends have emerged— Deepa Karmakar, Baichung Bhutia, Sarita Devi, Mary Kom reflects this fact. Schools must support a good sports infrastructure, and education and sports should be kept at par. Along the line of building smart cities, we should also focus on creating smart sports cities, suggested Sachin.
The daughters of India have already shown their capabilities in the field of sports— Sindhu, Saina, Sania— only to name a few who made the country proud, with their performances. They should be encouraged to take part in sports.

Sports has the power to change the world. It speaks the language the youth understand. It has the power to inspire, to unite people in a way little else does. Sports can create hope where once there was only despair, he quoted Mandela.

Then, he advocated the children should have the right to play as their fundamental right. He said it is my dream when parents of this nation ask their children, "Have you played today?" just like they do for other things, to develop a habit such as— eating, studying, pissing, etc. And at last, he emphasised the need for the sporting culture in order to really transform India.

MY TAKEAWAYS—

This manpower would be of no use if they are unhealthy or unfit. Sports indeed can play a role in creating a healthy and fit India. When we play a sport, we enjoy a fitness exercise. Doing an exercise or yoga, for that matter, is boring otherwise. It needs a dedicated willpower to stick to such practices, especially if you think of doing that every day. Instead of becoming cheerleaders and abusers, Indians should consider embracing sports by playing it themselves. They would not only recognize the value that a sportsperson put in their game, but they'll also learn the need to have sportsmanship in the day-to-day life.

In the above transcript, I might have missed out something important. So I’m sharing the video where Sachin said all this:


"It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind!". 

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