Sport in our country has been on priority from the time immemorial. Earlier the ‘Gurus’ favored physical activities for better lifestyle. It has gradually continued to present times with coming up of various sports. One relevant being, the game of Football. A game arguably holding major crowd support in the west. Unlike India, where the recent generation of people are more inclined towards cricket rather than other sports. We in this article try to look at football as a sport and its perception in the minds of people. Finally, the aspects of fitness and the positives we can take from it.
A Neglected Sport
Our country comprising billions of people, seems unable to provide love to this noble game. Football is present as a sport in maximum public schools. Probably the lack of crowd support and mass appeal has left the game vulnerable and it rests in the hands of few serious fans.
In an interview to ‘The Guardian’ in 2000, Baichung Bhutia said,“The Salt lake has capacity of 100000 people and in the times of Derby it is even full.” So this tells us that the game has not always been at the bottom of Indian fans priority list.
Fitness and Football
The game apart from being entertaining one also has a major aspect of physical fitness. In the present fast paced world, where we find it difficult to manage time, football can get it’s worthy space. Being a game of 90 minutes only, it serves us a full plate. An field area of 52.5k sq ft is to be covered in total. This requires the player to be fit and agile in equal shares. Great players and stalwart are a very good athlete and this is a prerequisite for one to be a good football player. By and large, it would be no exaggeration if fitness aspect is made a sole reason for its promotion. Only a fit body gives way to fit life and there is no means as easy as Football for its achievement.
Bengal and North East, boasts of a solid fan base for Football. By the same token, Kerala seems to have much adulation for the game. The initiative of ‘Khelo India’ by our Prime Minister, has also brought young kids’ involvement. Most noteworthy of recent developments is the ‘Indian Super League’ abbreviated as ISL. Though much like the the IPL, it does not has such branding. Still, this has brought out many talents from the country. Former players IM Vijayan, Baichung Bhutia struggled their times and came out to limelight. Currently Sunil Chhetri has taken the charge as skipper. Above all, he ranks 3rd in world for number of international goals scored.
World cup is round the corner. The Intercontinental Cup is going on, and by the efforts of ISL we have positive signs for its growth. Noteworthy is the recent wake of fitness among masses that can be used for promotion of football. We need to understand that Sports is the easiest way to fitness. Meanwhile an outlet for entertainment can be found in football as this game offers more than it may seem. With a good bunch of players we can be hopeful for a bright future of this game in India..!