Monday, January 23, 2012

Sports …… is it really a sport today!!


The very activity “sports” is such that it can bring joy to millions of people all around the world.  It is a activity which is synonymous with youth, good, health and recognition.  It is a measure of physical and mental strength!!

These days it is also connected in a big way to fame and vulgar amount of wealth.  It has reached such a stage that sport has no more remained a sport like in the good old days.  However it is very easy to cast aspirations on the way things are being done by others today.

Maybe I subscribe to the old school of thoughts that a sport has to remain a sport and not that the player ends up becoming a pawn in the hands of the few who control administration and have the money power; at the same time the player also has to live up-to the expectation of the millions of fans  who treat them like god and in the same breath dump them in case they fail to perform.  This is not a healthy sign as it gives wrong signals to the new generation.

This write-up is written by me solely with the new generation in mind.  Any kind of sport should be played with the spirit of sportsmanship.  In-fact it should imbibe this  spirit in the younger generation.  As I keep writing I am forced to reflect on the current scenario and think about the adverse effect it has on this generation.  The writing is on the wall “Win at all costs” is the motto and the others with skewed priorities go a step further and resort to fixing and the driving factor is of-course money.

Do you think the above can be called sports?  For me it is a big “No”.  I feel we can draw an analogy between sports and the life we lead.  I think this can be better justified by the up’s and downs we face in life which is analogous to win or defeat.  In both cases a man learns to accept win or defeat graciously.  I think what better platform can we provide our children to train them to face the challenges that life throws at us at every nook and corner.  It should be understood that sports highlights the importance of being physically and mentally fit.  It also helps to understand that in event of victory we have to keep our heads on our shoulders to avoid being complacent and that nothing can be taken as granted.

This is something we all should understand and highlight to our future generation so that they are seasoned to face the challenges in sports and the bigger game called life…… Lets all ensure that our future generation comes out in flying colours.

By blogger: Jags


  1. agree with you. earlier sports were played for country and now for money, thats why these sportsman are called professionals now.

    Subhash Chandra

  2. Your blogs are always very inspiring.. We are becoming a generation who have no proper role-model to follow, hence there is nobody to teach us that sports and sportsmanship go hand in hand irrespective of the money and fame associated with this sector.. Moreover, our country severely lacks in proper distribution of fame and finance for sports of every kind and not only a handful of them.. everything is done today with competition in mind without bothering about ethics and values..


  3. You have hit the mark when you said "Win at all costs"... The harsh truth is that life has become a race!! So yes, the analogy in life and sports is crystal clear!! Life is a race for you, me and everyone around us. Same stands true for sports! The only aim is to win. The price money associated with a win has become more important than the simple and pure joy of winning. The feeling that we have excelled, so should be proud has become extinct. It’s only how much money does the victory translate into, that matters. Everything in life and also sports revolves around money. Making more money out of every opportunity is the objective. In this race for getting closer to our money making objective we have left values, morals and ethics far behind us. It’s very sad but it’s the TRUTH !!.... What our future generation learns from this, I leave it to them with the belief that they have the maturity and understanding which many in this generation missed out !! uday prabhu

  4. Thank you so much Ankita and Uday.