fever has gripped the whole nation. World cup has infused
a breath of fresh air in a sport which was on the verge of oblivion
( especially in the metros).
channels are flooded with reports of never dying passion for
the game from every nook & corner of the country, let
alone Bengal. The sport transcends caste, creed and transports
everyone to a place where passion for the game is the only
big IT & BPO companies have almost come to a stand-still
with some resorting to desperate measures like installing
screens in offices to giving incentives for not taking a holiday.
In schools, children love playing football (it was the
only time I had fun in school), running around emulating the
Beckhams and Ronaldinhos, sweating it out, and unknowingly
develop qualities like sportsmanship, camaraderie which are
imperative to succeed in this competitive world.
from class 10th onwards the pressure of boards and parents expectations
don't leave any time for a sport which requires 11 friends (or at
least 5 or 6) and a playground which has become a rarity especially
in metros due to sky-rocketing real estate prices, no builder/contractor
wants to leave a stretch of land unfortified. And those that are
there in some societies have been manicured and beautified ,&
now transformed to yoga centers or meeting joint for the elders.
is one of prime reasons for the children becoming lethargic, obese
which leads to feelings of depression culminating into suicidal
Football as a sport has tremendous
commercial possibilities (Man. United is one the
richest sports body) as it is a fast paced sport unlike cricket.
But, cricketers still, rake in all the moolah and are worshipped
as demi-gods because corporates don't want to jinx their tried
and tested formula of instant recognition by roping, even
second rung cricketers. Football infrastructure in our country
is appalling to say the least, with many states not even having
a football association.
not that we don't have the resources to promote the game ,
countries like Brazil, Argentina are no better than us , but
the administration there is passionate about the game,&
therein lies the difference.
the govt. & sports ministry wants to see the Indian football
team make it to the World cup qualifiers let alone finals and more
Bhaichung Bhutias and Vijayans to come up through
the ranks they should encourage the sport in the schools at the
grass root level, direct some money from the filthy rich cricket
boards to the domestic infrastructure of football, so that this
time if we make it (eternal optimistic), we don't have to go barefooted.
If football is properly marketed and provided the requisite infrastructure,
then, I sincerely believe that it can give cricket a run for its
then just sit back and enjoy the World cup , you never know you
might be cheering for India in a few yrs. from now. Miracles do
Contributing Author: Rahul Anand, is a second
year student of engineering from Delhi university.