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Author: Enakshi Rajvanshi

Transforming India from a sport loving to a sporting country

This article was originally published on TeacherPlus Magazine, May-June 2019 Edition   “Every human being has a fundamental right of access to physical education and sport, which are essential for the full development of his personality. The freedom to develop physical, intellectual and moral powers through physical education and sport must be guaranteed both within…
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Building the future for India’s little known African-Origin community

Before the beginning The Sports Authority of India had a simple thought process.  “Good genes meant medal winning hopefuls.” The athletes in East African nations such as Kenya and Ethiopia are known for their consistent performances. They have a natural propensity towards running. But whether this could be attributed solely to a specific genetic advantage…
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The Invisible Struggle : Mental Health and Sports

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured ligament. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as detrimental to performance.The issue of mental health is often stigmatized and…
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Dealing with Bullying in Sports

Bullying is a growing problem in sport and performance settings. Bullying falls under the umbrella of “athlete maltreatment,” which includes any form of harm and all relationships where harm could occur in sport and performance. It is a common and serious problem rooted in a complex interplay of micro- and macro level dynamics. All parties…
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PATANG league : First edition comes to a close

Mundgod, February 4: The pilot edition of the PATANG league concluded successfully with Coach Ganesh’s team from Dharwad leading the points table. Organized by Bridges of Sports Foundation, the final league of the season saw more than 150 young participants who toiled through the hot, humid weather to gather points for their respective teams. The…
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Indian Athletes

The grim reality of Indian Sports

When it comes to sports, India sure punches well below its weight. To put India’s sports performance in context, Michael Phelps has won as many Olympic medals on his own as Team India has managed since 1900. Besides other factors, one of the major reasons is the lack of a sporting culture. Most of the…
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Shaping the future of sports with science and technology

The Olympic motto-“hendiatris Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger” has been fulfilled by athletes rapidly. The winner of the 2016 Olympic Marathon ran 2:08:01. Had he been racing against the winner of the 1904 Olympic Marathon who ran 3:28:53, he would have won by nearly an hour and a half. So what’s really…
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Khelo India: Redefining sports in India

In May 2018, Twitter was flooded with tweets with #humfittoindiafit and #fitnesschallenge. Indian celebrities from all fields posted videos of themselves showing how they kept themselves healthy and fit. The Hum Fit to India Fit campaign was started by sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. He launched a fitness drive on social media urging people to…
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Women In Sports : Inching towards equality

  Sportswomen around the globe have risen much above the idea of gender inequality ever since they’ve made their mark in the traditionally patriarchal and overwhelmingly male bastion of sports and athletics.Their journey has not been easy, over the years they have gotten through boundaries, records and the dire lack of systemic support along the…
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The Ethiopian town of world-class sporting excellence.

In a country which has been long associated with poverty, famine and war, Olympic distance runners Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba, and Derartu Tulu have not only been a perpetual source of national pride but have been an inspiration to every individual in the town of Bekoji. “Runners from this little town of about 20,000 people…
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