Take concrete steps to create sporting culture: Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

According to him, educational institutions are among the best locales to incubate talent, whether the mental sort or the physical. He added that they are often far more adept at dealing with issues occupying the consciousness of young boys and girls than any sports federation could possibly be.

"Better-educated young athletes also make brighter, more responsible and thoughtful athletes," he said.

On organisation of major sporting events, Dravid said the sports administrators should invest their entire efforts on only two relevant stakeholders -- the sports talent and the sports fans because without one the other is more or less redundant.

"In my view, the sacred role of sports federations is to find the right talent, give it the best possible platforms to learn, grow and perform and then ultimately to connect the talent with the sports fan in an accessible and identifiable way," Dravid said.

Many former sport personalities are giving back to the sport through philanthropy, business, administration and coaching while a new set of professional young sports managers are contributing effectively to the evolving sports environment.

On criticism, Dravid said being able to accept criticism in right spirit encourages introspection and leads to improvement. He said he has often viewed it as an unexpected gift, sometimes packaged nicely, other times not.

"Often, but of course not always, it comes from people who truly care about my wellbeing and growth," he said.

Stating that humility, grace and integrity should never be perceived as weaknesses, Dravid said they are enduring, valuable and timeless qualities.

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