While it is good that cricket in India is flying high as was witnessed in the recent astronomical IPL media rights bids, there is still a dearth of all-round sporting achievements in the country.
Among other things, a talented youngster is caught in the dilemma of whether to focus on the sport s/he loves or to take the safer option of concentrating on academics from the point of view of job security. This may have resulted in a number of youngsters giving up on sports when they could have gone ahead and done the country and themselves proud.
Despite all the rhetoric on encouraging sports, the sad fact appears to be the insecurity of parents and the inability of the state to assure a comfortable future for youngsters wanting to concentrate on sports at a professional level without having to bother about studies.
Join Irfan Sait, Director & Head Coach – Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC), K. Srinath, BCCI umpire and former cricketer, C. Latha, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Athletics Association, and Tanisha Sagar Boramanikar, U-16 National Chess champion in The Federal’s Webinar hosted by Aprameya C, Associate Editor, The Federal.