Oct. 30, 2020, 3:22 p.m.
By Piyush Sachdeva
New Delhi: The first thing that pops into millions of minds, when asked of the strengths of Haryana, is ‘’sports”.
This is no coincidence but a well established foundation that holds this state firm till date.
And it is about time that the authorities start capitalising on this opportunity for the benefit of the state and so forth. As sports has brought, and is still bringing, utter glory and fame to Haryana, I believe that the development and advancement of this sector should be made a priority for the state’s own benefits.
As over the last two decades, in almost every game that our country entered, Haryana has been giving the major chunk of the total athletes and is bringing back most medals. In the present time, people from all over the world are aware of Haryana and its athletic power.
In 2021, Haryana is nominated to host the national Khelo India games which is a great kick start towards development through sports. But this is not all, we should not forget to focus on the bigger goals. Now, to move in that direction, the first and the foremost thing is to have at least two multi-purpose international level stadiums in Haryana.
With a total of twenty-two districts, the state enjoys the presence of a couple high-developed ones too like Panchkula and Gurugram. We can plan the establishment of the said multi-sports international stadiums here as these districts have easy access to all the necessary facilities with well established commutes and strong hotel chains, etc.
Along with this, the government should also focus on making individual stadiums in the districts where a multi-sports stadium seems like a far fetched dream. This will help in hosting international level leagues and games. In my suggestion, a team sport should be a priority here as people follow that massively these days. This will help get the state in the highest radar of the followership, so these can turn out to be profitable and will also touch an even bigger base of athletes.
So the government should take initiative to increase and improve the tournaments here so that the athletes and the state as a whole can be benefited from it. What would be even better is if the PR, tourism and sports department collaborate together to put up things of this sort.
This way, not only the sports will be developed or the athletes will be given a platform to practice their hard work at but the state, as a whole, will also benefit massively because of the supporting increase in tourism, job opportunities and the revenue generation of the local area.
Our focus should be on creativity by making use of all the advanced technologies as this can lead us to newer heights in a comparatively lesser time. This will also help us keep up-to-date with all the present trends and methods around the globe.
The state should pick up Olympic games for these tournaments and championships and should also establish their high performance centres for better training and results. The athletes for these centres should be chosen via a talent hunt and then be adopted for training by these government or private centres.
This way not only can they train better but can also assure better performance, regular tournaments and other platforms should also be provided to them regularly as grass root is the level to start this from for the best finish.
The more we create these opportunities the more will the youth of Haryana be attracted towards this rather than going to some misleading addiction paths and the more will the state, and hence the nation, shine with the enhanced achievements.
Let’s focus on our power and make it better for an even powerful tomorrow. Let’s make Haryana a sports destination where sports would be the foremost priority.
(The writer is a sportsperson-turned-sports promoter and entrepreneur who runs several sports NGOs and organisations.)