Expert Talk: India needs better Sporting Venues
India, a country that’s been ridiculed always by many critics for not achieving big in any major International Sporting event, has the most pathetic sporting venues when compared with global standards. So far, India could see a drastic change by improving the infrastructure and conducting sporting events like the Afro-Asian Games and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Despite being the second fastest growing major economy in the World, India still trails far behind many major countries, which consider proper Sporting Infrastructure is the key to success.
Sport experts complain that the lack of vision in politicians and proper utilization of infrastructure is gliding the spirit of sportsmanship. Policymakers clearly lack the foresight in encouraging the sports in this country, as they tend to feel ‘no value’ for it. In fact, it’s not every politician is like that, certainly some of them have fared well in constructing dedicative sporting zones like erstwhile Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Delhi, who have been a role model for other states to build such infrastructure. Even though, the required infrastructure is in place at their respective states, they are still placed highly under-utilized.
Sports Authority of India, the nodal agency for conducting & supervising sports in the country, has moved forward in opening certain venues to the public under the “pay & play” policy, but hasn’t been financially viable so far. Prominent factor affecting enough, as the expenditure for running the facility has been expensive in the pockets than money generating from the venues, while thrown open to the public.
That has turned out to be a failed concept of wasting tax-payers money in building massive complexes. Few of them in Delhi are utilized for optimum use and gradually falling apart due to lack of maintenance. Some of them are deemed classified for not to be conducting even a national event.
There’s has been several initiatives proclaimed in the national capital, initiated by SAI with an annual outlay of Rs 250 million, is yet another example how one part of the country unable to cash upon facilities as rest of the country struggles to provide the basic infrastructure. Across the major sporting venues in Delhi, lot of outlay has been spent enough to hire coaches, but it turned out to be futile as the takers were very few. As Similar the case with Hyderabad, which has been a host city for Afro-Asian Games, the first of its kind mega Sporting event in India thereafter, left with many sporting venues under-utilized. Eventually, proves poor planning and portrays the exercise to be meaningless.
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