India needs nurturing a sports culture: former players
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 20:23
  
New Delhi: India lacks a sports culture which could be remedied only by bringing in changes in the education system, according to former players from various disciplines.

A panel of former sporting greats, including badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand and former hockey star Viren Rasquinha, felt the necessity of a public-prive partnership model if India has to produce more successful sportspersons.

"Sportpersons start having doubts about their careers when they reach adolescence. They have to choose either sports or education and the education system in India doesn't allow sportspersons to pursue education later on," Gopichand said while addressing a session on "Sports as an emerging career option -- Challenges and Opportunities" here.

Olympic Gold Quest COO, Viren stressed on the importance of having a public-private partnership for running of games.

"We need private and public partnership in governing and running the game. We need people with relevant expertise and a professional set up in each sports," he said.

Asked about the reasons behind the downfall of Indian hockey in the country, Viren said, "It is a combination of many little things which have accumulated into a big problem. We need to ensure that we work at the grassroot level."

"In hockey, there are no proper domestic circuit. Players are taught rubbish by the coaches which gets reflected when they play international matches. There needs to be a way of coaching the coaches," he said.

Also present were cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, world cross country champion IAAF Gebregziabher Ggremariam of Ethiopia and rifle shooter Shimon Sharif.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 20:23


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