QUEST SCHOLARS: Response by Prachi Meghani to question for September 23-29
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It's bitter but very true that one single game blotting many other games in India. Cricket fever has overshadowed our national sports hockey. There is no question of any debate that cricket is killing other sports in our country. Indians live, sleep, talk and walk cricket. Theoretically we all know that hockey is our national game but in practical vision its cricket maniac all over.
No one remembers that in shooting, Gagan Narang won four gold medals in common wealth games 2010, or Indian world champion wrestler Sushil Kumar has won the gold medal in FILA 2010. World wrestling championships or Olympic bronze medals won by tennis star Leander Peas (Atlanta 1996) but Anil Kumble's 10 wicket haul, Harbhajans hat-trick and Virender Sehwag's 309 will be an evergreen memory.
Cricket is not our national game, but it is celebrated as a festival .It has been used as a bridge between two nations. Our country's politics also get active with these sports. Players of international fame & caliber in other sports are not given the proper media support & attention as well as proper facilities for further development.
If this cricket mania continues, India can never do well in Olympics for years to come. Hence there is a great need to reform the administration, infrastructure, training and facilities given to players of other sports than cricket so that they can shine more brightly with stunning performances. Other sports have the full right to move up the pecking order.
Institute: ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL, VASAI