Recently I witnessed the very first time in my life that the sports levels of competition are organized in Karnataka. Coming from a sports-crazy state like Goa, I found this company appalling. To say things were done half-heartedly could be an understatement. I found things done heartlessly. The cluster level competitions were primarily of track and field events besides kho-kho, kabbadi, volleyball and throwball.

The other sports were fairly well organized though the track and field events took a superb beating. Firstly and primarily, the floor was poorly marked. Track and field events pride themselves on precision marking and meticulous measurements and time-keeping. But here they evidently trusted majority discretion as well as a ‘get-it-over-with’ attitude. Favouritism and partiality were rampant until more staff started to make their presence felt for the field. The PE teachers who will be mostly male hardly heeded the questions and objections on the female non-PE teachers who accompanied the girls with the school which I am a part.

The start and handle line wasn’t clearly demarcated as well as the number of rounds that this participants needed to make inside various sprint events and distance running events was adjusted in accordance with the overall situation from the participants. There was little or no professionalism in the corporation and I wonder the students are learning and depriving them of from such events. It is a well-known fact how the PE teachers, that are also the principle organizers, are sympathetic and favourable to their personal school and schools where they have friends. I don’t think it suitable in any respect for the PE teachers being organizing significantly less umpiring or overseeing the events that their school participates in. Even though they can be impartial, it could well be better when they hadn’t got involved simply to avoid any chance for favouritism and partiality.

From the part from the student-participants, the spirit of sportsmanship or sportswomanship was nearly absent. It seemed which the vast majority had come in order to skip school. It was clearly evident that no prior screening from the participants ended. Many didn’t know the rules on the events these were participating in along with the PE teachers were literally explaining it to them for the field. This too, doesn’t speak well of both students and teachers. On the whole, girls fared far worse than boys in track and field. The causes and implications leave lots of room for reflection and check in.

Witnessing this big ‘joke’ set my head in motion. What is the amount of sports within our country? It’s evident on the ongoing Olympics. Countries far less space-consuming than India previously opened their medal accounts while we are still waiting on our first section of silverware. If sports on the grassroot levels will certainly continue being conducted with an unprofessional level, how are youngsters about to develop a feeling of sport along with a spirit of sportsmanship? Sports, in India leave a lot being desired. Eminent sportspersons have spoken out from the shallow treatment meted in the market to sports but hardly anyone inside the upper echelons is listening for them. If India is always to become a world power in sports as opposed to monetary must become secondary along with the sport must come first. Love to the game must again replace the passion for money. Frivolity and trifles need to become set aside, and genuine efforts need to become made to further improve the state of affairs else the status quo will, inside long run, will take the overall game out of sports leaving it a clear shell to become blown when one’s pockets are running dry.

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