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Sports Day Special, 2023

By: Sahil Manzoor

On August 29, India celebrates Sports Day and all the states and union territories take part in various sports activities, seminars symposia and discussions aimed at creating more awareness regarding the significance of sports in our life. The occasion is celebrated with great fervor

India has had a vast diversity of sports activities for centuries. The country has well defined and ample funding for the sports sector and sports activities are being promoted in the country through various channels. The media plays a vital role in promoting sports activities in the country.

Today, the whole world is engaging its youth in different sports activities like football, cricket, volleyball, basketball etc in recognition of the significance of sports in life. Moreover, sports sector is also emerging as a huge financial player in today’s world economy with sports activities garnering not just fan-following but great deal of sponsors.

Football is one of the most famous games around the globe. This game has produced world-class players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Beckham, Neymar, Bape, etc. Our nation should participate at the international level in football, and we hope the nation will produce great and talented footballers who will earn fame for the motherland.

Today, cricket is one of the most popular games and is liked by most Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. Afghanistan is one of the countries that has emerged and produced world-class cricketers during the last 10 to 12 years, Rashid Khan being one of them.

The IPL, a cricket league played every year in the country at different venues, has now become a leading league and has produced world-class cricketers. Presently, they are playing in the playing 11 for the nation. Other sports including hockey, football, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, motorsports, wrestling and basketball also enjoy great fan base in our country. India is a leader in the sports field, and every year it produces world-class players.

Sports activities have immense importance in our lives. Sports activities keep us fit and healthy. Staying involved in sports activities can have a number of health benefits, like burning extra belly fat, reducing heart-related diseases, keeping away from bad cholesterol, and strengthening the bones and muscles of the body.

It is a proven fact that sports activities are the best alternative to drugs. It is very interesting that after getting involved in different sports activities, the urge to use drugs gets reduced to a great degree. Sports activities also generate employment and sponsorships for the coaches, trainers, players etc.

Suggestions:

The concerned authorities and stakeholders should hold mega sports events at village levels, zonal levels and district levels besides providing the participants with refreshments and kit bags so that they will feel appreciated and will take part in the sports activities with great fervour. The sports sector needs improvements in infrastructure, like constructing indoor stadiums in every district so the players will be able to take part in games even during winter.

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