As the target audience is school going children, the best places to hit them are :
Traditional games were not played by the target audience was because there are other international games which has won the hearts of people. But then I wondered why still in NID students play CHUNGI. Chungi game is not at all known to the mass but still here people play chungi and not their favorite international games. Why?
To get the answer to my questions, I interviewed some under graduate students.
Favorite Games :
Why are these favorite games :
Traditional Games :
Why they do not play these games now :
School Games Federation of India
Games played :
|4||JEET KUNE DO|
|8||TUG OF WAR|
|9||TENNIS VOLLEY BALL|
|16||Tennis Ball Cricket|
No. of participants from maharashtra 2011 – 2012 : Boys – 1081, Girls – 987, Total – 2068.
National Playing Fields Association of India (NPFAI)
India has a very large population of children, who need open spaces for playing and a
wholesome growth. It was felt that open playing areas used by children, especially in
urban areas, were fast disappearing and falling prey to diversion of land use for
construction and also to encroachment.
At present, out of 700 million plus youth, hardly
50 million have access to playing fields and other sports facilities.
There is a dearth of
both community playing fields and playgrounds in schools and colleges.
With his knowledge of the successful efforts of the Fields in Trust organization in the
U.K., in combating this problem, Minister initiated formation of the National Playing
Fields Association of India (NPFAI) in February 2009, with the main objective to develop,
promote, protect and expand playing fields and open spaces in the country. Minister is
the Chairman of the society, and eminent persons such as F.S. Nariman, Bishan Singh
Bedi, P.T. Usha, Indu Puri and Cdr. Nandy Singh and Bhaichung Butia are members of the
After formation of UPA Government in 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) has been signed between the NPFAI and Fields in Trust (FIT) in August 2009, to
benefit from the successful experience of the 80-year old FIT. In the U.K., FIT has
significantly contributed to give statutory protection to playing fields and outdoor
recreational land. FIT team visited Delhi and made an assessment of playing fields and 6
open spaces in the city, with the aim to use its expertise to select and develop a few
model grounds. Minister met with the Duke of Edinburgh, who is the Chief Patron of
FIT, in London, to take the partnership to a greater level. The Duke has assured support
to implement the objectives of the NPFAI.
Minister has already requested the Delhi Government to protect the open spaces for
use of children and the disabled. Ministry of Urban Development has also been
requested to create a legal framework mandating all new residential developments to
reserve space for playgrounds.
The concept was also introduced by the Minister, to the State Governments, during the
National Conference of State Sports Ministers held during August, 2009. States were
requested to form similar PFAs, for which draft documents have been given to them, to
carry forward the mission.
The mission of the Playing Fields association is to create a national level body, with
state-level bodies federated to it, which will function as a strong pressure group, to
reclaim and increase the recreational open spaces in urban areas, which are being lost
to the youth of India.
Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, August 29, 2012
The city has always struggled for open spaces, and the report brought out by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region-Environment Improvement Society (MMR-EIS), quantifies how badly off Mumbai is. There are 45 open spaces plots on the critical list and in need of urgent attention, only 35% of the
open spaces designated for Mumbaiites are accessible to all and 160 hectares of open spaces could be lost forever if the civic body goes ahead with its controversial open spaces policy.
The civic body’s proposed open spaces policy permits private parties to take over 25% of the area of recreation grounds, provided they pay to maintain the remaining 75% of the ground.
Past experiences have revealed that in such cases, often clubs backed by political parties take over these open spaces and block access to the public. Since November 2007, HT has been campaigning for the city’s open spaces and tracking the issue.
The report prepared by the MMR-EIS, a body funded by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, is on all environmental features of the city.
1. Why are traditional games like Kabaddi not so popular in urban India (apart from Punjab and Haryana) in spite of three consecutive world cup victories?
2. What can be done to promote the game ?
Kabaddi Seeing New Heights :
After three consecutive world cup victories, it has not got much popularity in India. Before talking about weak points, I would like to say that Kabaddi is going on very good path. Government of Punjab are doing extra-ordinary efforts for upliftment of Kabaddi. In 2009, before announcement of world cup nobody even can think that King khan (Shahrukh Khan), Akshay kumar ,Katrina kaif and many more Bollywood stars will perform in opening, as well as, closing ceremony of world cup. Now kabaddi is enrooted in countries like Sierraleone, Kenya, Argentina, Turkmenistan, Iran, Afganistan, Denmark and Many Mores. These teams are purely of native persons. You will appreciate to know that Kabaddi reached in 25 countries in just three years. All credit goes to Dy.CM of Punjab Government, Shri Sukhbir Singh Badal. This is fact I am not praising him but he really doing a lot for kabaddi. Everyone is witnessed of this thing. Probably, twenty-five countries are taking part in next world cup as announced. Many overseas and Indian MNCs providing major sponsorship to kabaddi world cup. The Interesting thing is that, women kabaddi also seeing new heights. The Prize money is also considerable. Governments are also promoting by offering Govt. jobs to each and every Indian player who played world cups in both categories. Iran and Pakistan also organized Asia Cup of Kabaddi for its upliftment. World cup also put proper restriction on doped players. In 2012, only 5 players found positive, this figure is just 10% as compared to 2011 world cup. This is very appreciable thing for management.
why Kabaddi limited upto Punjab and Haryana ?
Kabaddi is limited upto Punjab and Haryana because wrong and selfish policies of different federations. Some federation have selfish policies they just organize the tournaments for their own name and fame. They donot put proper check on dope tests and they allow doped palyers to play from their federation side. There is no proper world level organization which would control kabaddi all over the globe. There is no other International tournament expect world cup and asia cup. The players are uneducated in kabaddi that’s why a lot of indiscipline in it. Kabaddi just watched by only male members of family. The players just played it for get settled in foreign countries like Canada , America etc. the federations are limited upto the academies which are tied up with it, because kabaddi in weight category is totally drowned in doping.
What can be done to promote the game ?
Firslty, we need world level organization which can control kabaddi all over the world. After that proper constitution for kabaddi in which every thing could be mentioned like history of kabaddi, rules of game , punishment if players get indulged in any kind of indicipline or bad activity, proper umpiring panel. We have to look on history of cricket or football how they get popular in hearts of peoples. World federation have to organize proper international leagues and cups. Proper schedule should be made two year advance of international events. We need to start a campaign of world cup into all over the world so kabaddi gets more popularity. There must be one federation in india which conducts all events and activities for kabaddi. All respective federation have to make proper policies for betterment of only kabaddi not for their own name and fame. There should be proper check on doping. The players and officials have to become educated. We have to take kabaddi in our families. We have to innrtoduce English in kabaddi with repect to Punjabi. Indian Government have to take steps for upliftment of kabaddi like they can add kabaddi in asian game and common wealthgames In conclusion we need a proper and disciplined world federation for kabaddi like cricket (ICC), football (FIFA) etc.
Some Fedrations, Clubs and Persons who really working for upliftment of Kabaddi as under
North India Kabaddi federation is best and disciplined federation in world Lead by Mr.Surjan Singh Chatha ( President ).
Social youth welfare club, Dirba ( Sangrur, Punjab )- This club organized biggest kabaddi cup of Punjab “Saheed Bachan Singh international Cup “ and run best academy of kabaddi “ saheed bachan Singh Academy ,Dirba ( Sangrur , Punjab ).There tournament get sponsorship from Tata Motors , Maruti Suzuki.This Club run under kind guidance of Shri Karan Singh Ghuman Chairman and Shri Gurmail Singh ( The world’s best coach ).
Dr.Sukhdarshan Singh Chahal is prominent name in print media of Punjab. He promoting kabaddi by print media. He is first person in India who did Ph.d in Sports Literature. He is also olympain journalist.
Please mail me freely if u need any information about kabaddi from all over the world.Feedback anyays
Hockey lovers in the country are in for a rude shock as a reply to a RTI query has disclosed that India has no national game, contrary to popular perception.
Previously, hockey was believed to be the national game.
The query was filed by a class-VII student, Aishwarya Parashar. An earlier query by the girl had revealed that the government does not have any specific document to prove whether Mahatma Gandhi was conferred the “Father of the nation” title.
Aishwarya had sought information on a government order pertaining to India’s national game. She had filed a RTI query with the information officer at the Prime Minister’s Office in May this year.
She had also requested information on India’s national bird, national anthem, national symbol, national flower and national animal. While she received information about the national anthem and national symbol, rest of the queries were referred to the ministries concerned.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in its reply a few days back, said the ministry has not declared any sport the national game. The information was sent to Aishwarya by the additional secretary in the Sports Ministry, Shiv Pratap Singh. She is yet to get the replies to other queries.
“It is a bitter truth that the country has no national game,” she told Deccan Herald here.
Article by Ankan Banerjee – faculty member at the department of sports Management of Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM)
Role of Govt. for promoting sports
|Five Year Plan||Duration||Allocation for Sports (INR million)|
Surveying P.T teachers and Sport Club coaches :
After surveying the children studying in schools and their parents, I decided to move on to the P.T teachers and the sports club coaches as they deal with a lot of students every day, and they would be having an idea of children’s interest in games.
1) They agree of cricket taking up a great space in the market as it has become consumer market.
2) Cricket, Football, Tennis have become children’s favorite as they see it on television quite often with glamour effect.
3) If the teacher makes them play other games, they would try playing it and end up playing cricket, football whichever they find interesting.
4) A lot of time schools have small compound which restricts sir to make children play certain games.
5) Now a days parents also feels complex if their children does not play cricket, football, tennis and all.
6) In sports club, they do not prefer keeping the traditional games as they have to maintain the status symbol of the club by keeping professional games like cricket, football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, as these games are demanded by today’s children.
7) For Interschool competition cricket, throw ball, volleyball, football will have a lot of entries but for kabaddi, entries would be really less.