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Category: Sports Development

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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5 careers in sports for non-athletes in India

Contemplating a career in sports in India is often treated with disbelief, pessimism, and mockery. Spotlight finishes require a lot of time, talent and a sickening work ethic. Of course, the glamour, bonanza and glory endowed are lucrative. However to gain the required motivation and acceptance from parents and peers is also a rarity. So,…
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Trends in Indian Athletics

5 trends in Indian athletics that need to be changed

“Run, Pheidippides run!” One of the oldest stories on athletics dates back to the BC when the marathon races originated. However, this a story far from home. Closer to home, Indian athletics too have few stories attached their portfolio. But the negative side is, they are few. Homecoming of Indian athletes is often melancholic. However,…
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Sports for social development

Sports for social development and social change

Using sports for social development and change is an unconventional way of achieving greater happiness, empowerment, and equality in society. Speaking of unusual ways to win, one should reminisce something. How many times have we seen a smaller team or a younger player (I smell Dhoni) change the game just because he took to a…
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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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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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