FIFA 2018 Russia, is on the corner, and with Winter Olympics inaugurating in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we feel many countries cheering, visiting the venues to support their heroes. Indians haven’t been fortunate in this arena so far, due to circumstances — economic and infrastructural — and with government turning cold shoulder citing lack of eligible athletes for multitude of events in Olympics or Commonwealth games. But now with former professional shooter, Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore at the helm of Youth Sports Ministry, inaugurating the Khelo India initiative, youth are able to look at sports as a viable career option. The idea is to adopt 20 Universities and 150 schools from around the country as focal points of Sports excellence. Concluded on 8th February, this 9 day initiative saw Haryana picking 38 Gold with Maharashtra, 36 and Delhi, 25 to follow. This was an U-17 event followed across 16 disciplines which is soon to be followed by a College level Tournament. Under the Indian Sports Scholarship Scheme, the minister has plans to award a thousand annual scholarships, worth Rs 5 lakh each for talented athletes, for eight years. The larger goal of the Khelo India programme is to provide 20 crore children, in the age group of 10-18, the opportunity to take part in sporting activity; to play. This will help prepare them for international competitions with Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees in scouting and grooming. With the vision of 2024 or 2028 Olympic games and other International events as Asiad and Commonwealth games, the idea is to identify talent young to hone capabilities in time. What follows with such momentous change is that sports encapsulates plethora of jobs intermingled with performance of athletes at highest level.
Here are some –
There will be loads to report on, loads to write about and lots of people wanting to know more about grass-roots sport activities.
With more activity at every level, scouting talent will become a full-fledged job soon.
Fitness is an integral part of sports; every athlete, along with their talent skills, will need to keep up their fitness levels to perform better and longer. Virat Kohli’s recent ton against South Africa is a shining example of fitness and top-level performance. Specialised fitness coaches will soon become the call of the day.
With high level competition will come high level stress. To better their mental prowess during performance, athletes will need to work with specialised psychologists who will build them up. There will soon be high demand for sports psychologists.
Nutrition is an essential part of our life, of course. But athletes, to achieve high levels of success have to keep an eagle’s eye on their nutrition. They have to manage not only their fitness and practice routines, but also their macros and micros when it comes to their daily diet plan. An expert advice and follow-up will be heavily required.
Besides these, there will of course be more demand for specialized coaches, umpires and referees; and further, a demand for grounds-men, lines-men, scorers and many more such fringe jobs.