Sep 2, 2012

National Sports day, India, August 29th

It’s my mom who first told me that the August 29th is celebrated as Sports day. Only after browsing through Google I came to know that every year on the occasions of India’s greatest ever hockey player, Major Dhyanchand’s birthday, India celebrates National Sports Day.

I watched the sports awards function live telecasted from the Rastrapathi Bhavan. Awards such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya, Life time achievement and Dhyanchand award etc were bestowed on the various sports talents of the country. I’d like to congratulate the winners. What caught me the best was the happiness of the parents or well wishers of the award winning players who expressed their happiness, some with tears in eyes.

I’d like to put few things what I noticed during the awards function.

The new President Mr. Pranab Mukharjee was smile-less though needless to know why. Indian culture or whatever, he did not shake hands with the women players. I feel shaking hand is a good way of communication and doing the same with special people like Presidents at special occasions makes the moments very memorable and inspiring. Hope Mr. President will do it sometime in his tenure.

As the deserved players and coaches got the awards I felt the sheer loss of not having some worthy candidates in the list. Here I go.

It’s surprising to see Gary Christian not being in the list of Dronacharya award winners despite being the coach who inspired India to its favourite world cup win on home soil. At least Yuvi could get the Arjuna after a long career, that’s bit relaxing for fans and for him as well, as he is back in town after fighting out the scary disease.

The Indian women Kabaddi team coach made it to the Dronacharyas’ list no woman player however could be there on the function. Something to think about!

Despite the team of Indian National Game performed one of the worst ever at the Olympics, its coach managed to get an award. Well, we know it. Felicitating the persons from some domains is mandatory in India.

Most interesting moment was when the awards to the physically challenged people were given away. A lot to learn from the players’ sportive spirit and the mental ability!
Well, that’s all about it. Once again congratulations to the winners.

One thing kept on pinching me. Why the awards are not given twice, thrice? There would be a solid reason but does not the mere fact pinches the players that you get the best award once and you have nothing to get later on, that too if it happens at the starting stage of the career you will never be able to make it to the awards stage in life time unless for life time achievement? Anyway, there have been many questioned better left unanswered, better consider this as one of them.

1 comment:

Jack said...


I agree he should have shaken hands with all players irrespective of gender. I feel many of these are manipulated also.

Take care