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Educators and parents have realised that Education and Sports go hand in hand; therefore educational institutes must be the center of academic as well as sports excellence. While we may need to push our children to study, sports are something they get naturally drawn to.young kids, in particular, are full of energy that needs to be properly channelized and what better way than sports. In fact studies have shown that kids who regularly participate in one physical activity are on an average better at studies well.
But our society has never considered sports to be an important activity for personal growth, more so in schools and colleges where it’s considered to be a play-time activity to be taken-up after studies. It is further worsened by the lack of quality sports infrastructure in our educational institutions, both Public and Private.
The government on its part did not lay enough importance to sports until 2010 when India hosted Commonwealth Games in Delhi. London Olympics was a turning point when we won 6 medals and stars such as Sushil Kumar, Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza were born.
Since then, there has been a mushrooming of sports facilities all across India. The government introduced numerous schemes to improve the status of sports infrastructure at the grass-root level noticeable among them is KHELO INDIA National Programme, a composite scheme of Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to promote sports in India, which received Rs. 1262.79 crore in the Union Budget, 2018.
The Government expects KHELO INDIA to scout young talents from schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions. Talented players under priority sports disciplines will be selected by a committee and each one of them will be provided an annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 Lakhs for 8 years.
“KHELO INDIA programme has certainly provided the much needed booster to the inculcation of sports culture in schools and colleges, the success of recently concluded Khelo India School Games, 2018 speaks volumes of the transformation we are going through.”, says Edgar Mascarenhas, former International Hockey Player and Coach.
“I encourage my kids to participate in all kinds of sports activities, be it running, swimming, football, badminton etc. you never know what they are good at. The best part is, their school has great sports infrastructure facilities like 400m running track, artificial turf for football and modular sports flooring for basketball etc.”, says Shiva Kumar from Hyderabad, a proud parent to his kids.