The Times of India group, a forerunner of change and a torchbearer of economic progress concluded the third edition of The Times of India Global Sports Show (GSS) 2018 at NESCO, Mumbai.
The show began with a powerful address by Neeraj Bajaj, Arjuna Awardee and Promoter – Bajaj Group.Â The exhibition cum conference focused on harnessing potential talent, mechanics for success to empower The Khelo India Movement, building sports champions with the Make in India movement, Innovation at Inception, unlocking the potential of Indian Athletes and creating a roadmap for sporting success.
‘The need to recognize the sports league andÂ nutritional diet’
Moving on to a panel discussion on the Khelo India Movement: Mechanics for success: Mr. Mohit Burman, Board of Director, Dabur said, â€œBarring cricket, there are hardly any sports that inspire the youth of India. Starting sports leagues will not solve the problem of infrastructure and increased participation in the sports industry. We need to go beyond leagues and provide a motivational factor to the youth of the nation.â€�
Mr. Jayen Mehta, Senior General Manager, Planning & Marketing, Amul, among other prominent speakers and advisors said, â€œAlong with the need to recognize the sports league, the sheer focus is also on the nutritional diet. Amul being the number one manufacturer of milk products, we look forward to make the necessary nutrition accessible to the public.â€�
Commenting on the young athletes and the present scenario Abhinav Bindra, Former Indian Olympic Shooter said â€œYoung athletes nowadays are much more aspirational and have more exposure to the sports sector. They have the right guidance to help them fulfill their dreams. During my time, I was not a natural athlete, I was a reluctant sportsperson. The ability to adapt to the surrounding environment and let my body takeover, while striking the right balance between sports and educational life is what paved the way to my dreams. The approach and the values is what made me who I am today.â€�
‘The youth of the country is the biggest asset’
Deepak Sawant, Health Minister, Government of Maharashtra commented on the event, saying, â€œWith the growing sports scenario and various industries joining hands, there is a balance in the economy of the nation. I am glad to be a part of The Times of India Global Sports Shown since it is a wonderful concept to encourage and promote sports.â€�
Sharing his thoughts on the current sports ecosystem Mr. Jatin Paranjape, National Selector â€“ BCCI, Former Indian Cricketer, Founder â€“ Khelo More, said,â€� The youth of the country is the biggest asset and it is truly a proud moment to see the nations flag fly high every time in joy. As enablers, each one of us must work towards developing a professional sports ecosystemÂ and make adequate resources available for the sports person.â€�
Italian Olympic Shooter and 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist, Mr. Niccolo Campriani said, â€œFor everyÂ sports person out there, I would recommend to have a balanced life. As they say â€œThe more youÂ train, the better you becomeâ€�. However, the goal here isnâ€™t to become better, it is to know your
weakness, accept it and work towards achieving a better control over it.â€�
‘Enhancing the infrastructure and providing better academic exposure for training the talent’
Commenting on the CSR perspective, and the corporate connect with sport, Olympic medalistÂ Karnam Malleswari said, â€œThe Times of India Global Sports Show is very good for updating yourÂ knowledge, sharing your experiences and building your network. This is a great platform for
sharing your views on sports science, development, method training and gives a chance forÂ corporates to imitate CSR funding and empower youth to build their career in the respectiveÂ sports field.â€�
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Mr. Rohan Bopanna, Indian Tennis Player, said â€œAs compared to European and other markets,Â Indian sports market still needs to make a lot more advancements. We still need to work onÂ enhancing the infrastructure and providing better academic exposure for training the young talent
from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. However, compared to previous so many years, India has madeÂ tremendous progress. India has started inviting expert coaches from overall world to guide theÂ youth towards the right path.â€�
‘Budgetary support for all-round promotion ofÂ school sports’
Commenting on the Indian sports industry and its growth, Mr. Joshey John, Director, ITWÂ Consulting, said â€œIndia is growing at a faster pace than any other country. Sports as an industry hasÂ grown by 14.2% and by 2022, it aims to generate 4 million plus jobs. 74 % of the sportsÂ sponsorship goes to cricket and other 26% goes to the other sectors so there is a lot of scope for sportsÂ industry to expand within the country.â€�
India is progressing in sports and we now have unheard talentÂ and unrecognized sports also garnering mileage at the same time. 10 years earlier, Kabaddi wasÂ only in the hinterlands of the country and today we have stars in Kabaddi. It is just necessary to findÂ the right talent and incentivize them. As they say catch them young and watch them grow.
Commenting on developing sports standards in schools and colleges, Mr. Kamaljit Talukdar, ACS,Â Deputy Secretary, Sports & Youth Welfare Department and Joint Director, Sports & YouthÂ Welfare Assam, said â€œThe Government encourages the opening up of new sports wings and
strengthening the existing ones in order to create ideal feeding centres. Talented and buddingÂ sports persons will be spotted and groomed in sports academies and sports training centres toÂ showcase their inherent talent in national and international competitions. The Sports and Youth
Welfare Department will aim to provide necessary budgetary support for all-round promotion ofÂ school sports.â€�
Setting the tone for the day Deepak Lamba, President â€“Times Strategic Solutions said, â€œWith an aimÂ to build a sustainable ecosystem, future ready talent and enhance the potential growth of the nation, we believe this show will extend support to the right sectors to revitalize and reinvent the
culture of sports.â€�
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