Whereas asian games rowing gold medalist bajrang

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Unformatted text preview: education schemes by the Indian government was 3073 crore rupees. It had provisions for youth development, upgradation of stadiums, reward schemes but the net output has been disappointing like previous years. Exposure to foreign tournaments is discouraged on account of costs, the equipments don’t reach on time and is of inferior quality, high quality coaching support is missing, drug awareness is absent. Sportspersons have to do part-time/full time jobs to support their family. If after facing all these difficulties, the rewards come, they take their own sweet time to arrive. India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra ‘s father, a successful businessman didn’t have any problems in funding the equipment, training, coaching and travelling costs and also put up a shooting room at his house. Whereas Asian Games rowing gold medalist, Bajrang Thakar and Olympic wrestling bronze medal winner Sushil Kumar narrated their tales of life in a single room packed with fellow sportsmen without any basic amenities. 2. Mismanagement in Sporting Bodies The best person to lead a sporting federation is a sportsperson itself as he/she can relate to the problems faced by the players and deal with it in the best possible way. But the majority of the people leading these federations are politicians who have been at the helm since a long time. They are often guilty of not giving enough time to the game and also of misappropriation of funds. Olympic gold quest is an example of the change which can happen when the right kind of people take charge. It was started by Indian sporting icons Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to identify and support Indian athletes with a proven track record and who have the potential to win Olympic gold medal. It supports 21 athletes which include Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom, Tejaswini Sawant and many more. With professional management, the results have significantly improved with the likes of Gagan Narang setting a world record in 10m air rifle and winning 4 gold medals at Commonwealth games and Saina Nehwal complementing her Commonwealt...
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