In order to make India a sporting superpower, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar wants a bit of tweak in India’s educational system. The Master Blaster feels it is important that the Indian kids and youth in school and colleges learn about the sporting heroes of their country since it will inspire them to grow as a human being.
To make it possible, Tendulkar has passionately compiled biographies of 21 famous and little-known sportspersons as he believes that the struggle and success stories of these sporting legends will also play a vital role in the development of a widespread sporting culture throughout the country.
After sharing a 50-page booklet titled ‘Unforgettable Sporting Heroes and Legends of India’ with Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on December 21 in Rajya Sabha, Sachin gave an exclusive interview to Mumbai Mirror where he talked at length about its significance.
"You must inculcate a culture of sport to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming a sport-playing country rather than a sportloving one. The idea here is that sporting heroes inspire the youth. When their stories become part of our educational system, it becomes that much easier to follow them," Tendulkar told Mirror.
"India has produced thousands of great sporting heroes. I could not have written about all of them. That said, there can be sporting heroes at the district and state level who may not have achieved recognition as much as he or she should have. Their stories, too, can be part of the school books," he further explained.
Just a week ago, Tendulkar had posted a video on his official Twitter account wherein he stressed on building a sporting culture in the country. He put forward his roadmap to accomplish those goals through three 'I' - Invest, Insure and Immortalise.
"We must invest our own time and effort and ensure our wellness and each one of us must to start adopting one active sport and play regularly," Tendulkar had said in the 15-minute long video.
Tendulkar, who was nominated as the Rajya Sabha member back in 2012, also requested the ministries of Human Resource Development and Sports to work towards transforming the school structure so that ‘sports should be at par with other subjects at school.’
"Our citizens and school children should have access to more sports infrastructure. Open spaces and playgrounds should be retained and along with smart cities, we should look at building smart sport cities," he added.
Watch the full video here:
It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind???????? https://t.co/h6l3Iq5lHT— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 22, 2017