Sat, Jul 22, 2017 | updated 04:44 AM IST

Citizens demand reforms in sports bodies, departments for better performance in next Olympics

Updated: Aug 23, 2016 11:29 IST      
Citizens demand reforms in sports bodies, departments for better performance in next Olympics

New Delhi, Aug.23 (ANI-Businesswire India): Eighty-six percent citizens believe induction of accomplished sportsmen in various sports bodies will significantly improve selection and training of players

Ninety-two percent citizens believe funds misuse and corruption is common in State Sports Departments and Bodies

Eighty-nine percent citizens believe that sufficient efforts have not been made by Government of India in last decade to promote sports (beyond cricket)

Winning medals in Olympics is not just about sports it affects the collective spirit of the Nation. India won just one silver and one bronze medal in the Rio Olympics that concluded today but the whole nation cheered.

Beyond the low count of medals that we got the nation cheered the performance of every participant who even got close to winning one.

The aspirations of the nation are high in all areas we have the youngest population of any country and the pride of a nation is built on performance in mega sporting events like Olympics.

Our poor performance is already being analysed by critics and experts but the root cause is not being addressed.

Therefore, LocalCircles a citizen engagement platform did a study on the problems that we face in improving our status as a sporting nation.

Olympic level sports person are not built overnight, it is a continuous process and requires time and effort. Sports bodies are expected to identify the right talent, at the right age, support and train them to Olympic level.

Unfortunately, our sports bodies are not able to do this with the same rigour, barring a few exceptions like badminton. The reason is that most sporting bodies are led by non-sportsmen and bureaucrats who have never played at international levels.

The politicisation of Indian sports is the root cause for the country not being able to create world class athletes. People are also tired of the political interference in sports.

Therefore, the obvious question is to revamp the sports bodies in various disciplines in the country. Inducting world class sportsmen at all levels in a sports organisation, so that they can help build a culture that promotes, trains and build world class talent.

An overwhelming majority of 86 percent people said in the poll that sports bodies should be headed and controlled by sportspersons. This clearly shows that India wants that to prepare for the next Olympics we should begin with restructuring our sports bodies.

Corruption was another issue that is endemic in sports bodies due to political interference, nepotism and lack of performance measures. A poor performance in the Olympics does not lead to any action against existing staff due to nepotism. Ninety-two percent of the citizen's perception is that corruption is very high in State sports department and bodies. This perception may also be the reason that most people do not see sports as a worthwhile option for their children.

Eight-nine percent of the citizens also feel that the government has not done much to make sports other than cricket popular in the country.

This perception also fuels the charge that the government does not make enough efforts in promoting performance and merit in sports per-se. Please see the polls below and the crowd sourced inputs from the citizens below.

Crowd sourced citizen inputs on how the state of sports can be improved in India:

The political influence and participation from the sports bodies should be completely eliminated

The sports bodies should only be headed by sportsmen who have played at national and international levels

Investments should be made on improving people's interest in not-so-popular sports

National/international level athletes should be given free medical care

More sports injury rehabilitation centers should be opened in different parts of the country

Training facilities of international standards should be provided to our athletes

Investments should be made in taking the sports infrastructure to international levels

Parents should be counselled that their children can make a career in sports too

Good media coverage should be done around other sports except cricket to make them popular

National athletes should be given some monthly stipend to take care of their daily expenses

They should also be given well-paying jobs so that they can concentrate on training and don't have to worry about running a family

Coaches should be selected after a thorough test and they should be reviewed on a strict matrix bi-annually

Coaches should also be trained on developing a career plan for the students

Government should invest in opening quality sports academies with the vision of producing national/international level sports persons

All sports academies should have good hostel facilities for the students

Selection for teams should be completely based on performance

Government should tie up with private players to run sports education and training colleges

Sports bodies should be closely monitored by the Government

All sports bodies must have at least 50% accomplished ex-sports players on their board

The entire player selection process should be transparent and have zero discretion

It should be made mandatory for the schools to have a playground

Special schemes should be announced by the Government for girls who want to pursue sports as a career option

All government schools should have good coaches for various sports like tennis, badminton hockey, kabaddi, football etc.

The gap between money allocations made by the Government and it actually reaching the sports persons should be reduced by implementing transparent processes and systems

Government should give scholarships to the achievers and support them with training, scholarship and medical assistance

The private sector should also follow the Government enterprises in offering jobs to sports persons

The Government could give tax exemption to private sector for investment in sports/games

The tenure of heading such bodies by a person should be limited to maximum two years

A policy should be devised for grading of sports persons based on their annual performance during that year and a rank system is to be maintained at State, Central, International level against each sports discipline and they should be provided financial and training help basing on their rank

Corporates should be encouraged to sponsor different non-cricket sports players and teams and participate in various competitions beyond cricket

Government must consider establishing a National University of Sports & Games

Government may consider opening CSR for development of sports players

Sports Ministry should financially support holding of more and more international events in India in as many disciplines of sports as possible. (ANI-Businesswire India)

Alvaro Morata joins Chelsea on five-year contract

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 02:44 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 22 (ANI): Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has been officially signed by Chelsea on a five-year contract.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 21 (ANI): Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase has been handed a three-year ban and a fine by the International Tennis Federation over his offensive statements about former world number one Serena Williams and a foul-mouthed Fed Cup tirade.

Full Story >>

AIFF invites new bids for I-League 2017-18

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:58 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued notice to invite bids for new clubs for the upcoming I-League across leading dailies of the nation.

Full Story >>

Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana beaten up in Greater Noida

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 19:34 IST     

Greater Noida [Uttar Pradesh], July 21 (ANI): India's first-class cricketer Parvinder Awana was on Friday beaten up by a group of five unknown people in Greater Noida.

Full Story >>

Clijsters, Roddick to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 18:29 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 21 (ANI): Former world number ones and Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick are among five players set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 21 (ANI): The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced that former paceman Chaminda Vaas has been roped in as the specialist fast bowling coach for the upcoming series against India.

Full Story >>

BCCI congratulates Mithali & Co. on reaching Women's WC final

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 16:12 IST     

Mumbai [India], July 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday congratulated the Indian women's cricket team after they clinched an astounding victory over Australia to reach the finals of the of the ICC Women's World Cup.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 21 (ANI): In a big blow to Sri Lanka, newly appointed Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the first Test of the three-match series against India at Galle starting July 26 after being hospitalized due to pneumonia.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C [US], July 21 (ANI): Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who recently lifted his 19th Grand Slam champion at the age of 35 at Wimbledon, has insisted that it would be a joke if he wins third slam this year at the US Open.

Full Story >>

AB welcomes birth of second child with wife Danielle

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 13:53 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 21 (ANI): South Africa ODI skipper AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle, who were expecting their second child, have welcomed the birth of baby boy.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): India's leading shot-putter Manpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) after she was found to be tested positive for banned substances for the second time in a couple of days.

Full Story >>

Stuart MacGill settles pay dispute with Cricket Australia

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 12:18 IST     

Sydney [Australia] July 21 (ANI): Stuart MacGill has settled a dispute with Cricket Australia (CA) over his USD 2.6 million claim in salary and match payments after injury forced the former Australian leg-spinner's retirement in 2008.

Full Story >>

Confident that India will lift Women's World Cup: BCCI

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 11:21 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday congratulated the Indian women's cricket team on their astounding victory against Australia and exuded confidence that the Mithali Raj-led side will emerge out as champions of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

Full Story >>

WBBL stint has transformed Harmanpreet, says Mithali

Updated: Jul 21, 2017 10:44 IST     

Derby [UK], July 21 (ANI): Indian skipper Mithali Raj hailed Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant innings of 171* as the "greatest knock by an India women player" and said that a "big performance" like that of her deputy was needed to beat a "champion side like Australia" in the Women's World Cup semi-final.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 21 (ANI): RP-SG Mavericks edged out Dabang Smashers T.T.C 14-13 in a close tie on Day 8 of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Moga (Punjab) [India], July 21 (ANI): As India is celebrating the entry of the national Women Cricket team into the ICC Women's World Cup final, courtesy Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant knock 171 not out off 115 balls, the cricketer's mother has urged the nation to empower their daughters.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July. 21 (ANI): Indians around the world rejoiced as India stunned defending champions Australia to enter the ICC Women's World Cup finals. Cricket greats and politicians came together in hailing the feat by the Indian eves.

Full Story >>

Derby [England], July. 21 (ANI): A magnificent unbeaten century from star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur helped India beat Australia by 36 runs in the semifinal of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup at the county ground on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], July 20 (ANI): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has revealed that it would not extend Thilan Samaraweera's contract as the country's cricket team batting consultant.

Full Story >>

Chennai [India], July 20 (ANI): When Ultimate Table Tennis started on July 13, Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai were promising talents representing Falcons TTC and DHFL Maharashtra United respectively.

Full Story >>