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National Sports Day: Ashok Kumar wants sports culture to take deep roots in India

RANCHI: Government lead PG college, Waidhan in association with ITK India & Kreeda Manch organized a national webinar on the occasion of National Sports Day where they hosted Ashok Kumar, son of Major Dhyan Chand; Luana Christina Dos Santos, ITK Leipzig International Relations Manager; Michael Gross, operations director, Evaleo Association, Switzerland and Saba Nayakan, Vice-President of Asian Sports Journalists Association (AIPS Asia).

Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Kumar shed some light on his own experience of how it was for them while they played for the national team and the struggles they had to endure. He also shared how sports have developed in all regards since his time as a player. He shared some of the stories about his father and motivated us to keep working to establish the culture of sports in the country.

Luana explained how the organization ITK (International Trainer Coaching Courses) could help with the development and education of the coaches. How to build relations can help both the countries and an exchange of knowledge, information & resources will keep us moving to develop sports in the country.

Michael Gross shared the vision of the Evaleo Association, where they want more and more people to participate in any sports activities irrespective of their age and gender. He also shed some light as to how the Bokaro Steel City has become the first city in India to be recognised as a Global Active City.

Nayakan shared his concerns about the prominent newspapers not dedicating any space for National Sports Day, but at the same time appreciated all the efforts made by the various schools, colleges, and other platforms which are spreading the awareness about it. He also expressed his views on how the local journalists can help in improving the sports culture by covering more of the regional competitions around them and even asked organisations and federations to have better communication with journalists as it will help both.

This event would not have been possible without the support of principal Dr. MU Siddiqui and Organizing secretary Dr. Umakant Singh, who is also the ambassador for ITK Leipzig in India, along with his team Jaideep Sarkar, Vivek Pandey, Santosh Yadav and Choying Bhutia.

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