We hear of stories - sportsmen selling their medals - sportsmen living in garages - sportsmen committing suicides - YET AT SUMPOORNA we are exhorting children `in the name of national pride' to become sportsmen.
It is far better to become a peon in a bank or a cyber-coolie in a call centre than to become a sportsman. A world champion is saddened by the `reception' given to him whereas a whole nation welcomes the victorious cricket team [ the same team which a month ago was beaten by record runs]. Greatness cannot be measured by the `largeness' of the crowds.
Politicians rule the roost - in our daily life, in our journey on pot-holed roads, in scam after scam - yet our sportsmen are dependent on them for their bread and butter. Mere performance never gets a sportsman a place in the state or national team - its' easier to go and lick few political boots to get the job done.
The sportsmen too are to be blamed - after all they get what they deserve - a true world beater arrives after years of dedicated effort. The environment in which our players exist doesn't allow true merit to be nurtured. Boot licking and right connections only helps in make believe actors of `players' and when these people fail to even qualify - drugs enter the scene to ensure `performance at any cost'.
YET WE AT SUMPOORNA ARE ASKING THE CHILDREN TO BECOME SPORTSMEN!
History beckons us - for the real sportsmen in this nation are very few. Unless a grass-root revolution galvanizes this nation; we cannot aspire to take our rightful place in the SPORTING WORLD. India waits with baited breath - a thousand SUPOORNAS must spring forth - for nothing can hold us back - all one billion plus of us.
THAT'S WHY WE AT SUMPOORNA NURTURE YOUNG INDIANS TO BECOME SPORTSMEN.