Cricket Icon Sachin Tendulkar has stressed on the need to have the sporting history of India in the school curriculum to broaden the knowledge of the next generation and avoid health issues in the future.
Tendulkar, who spoke at the launch of 'Young and Fit India' — an initiative taken by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), also believes that the Hindi movies should not be the only medium to learn about country’s sports icons, rather it should be also added to school syllabus to develop sports culture in the country.
As per reports in DNA India, Tendulkar said, “Along with the country's history, the children should know about the sporting history of our country. The Hindi movies should not be the only medium to get information about our sports icons and therefore, sport should be introduced as a subject from the grassroots level. Introduction of sports as a subject will broaden the knowledge of our children. There are some people who focus on the problems but sports inculcates the habit of focusing on solutions to the problems.”
Legendary Indian batsman further went on to explain why there is need to take up a sport for physical fitness, saying, “By 2020 we will be the youngest nation in the world but young does not necessary mean fit. We are already diabetic capital of the world. In terms of obesity figures, we rank number three. We need to bring that number down.”
Tendulkar signed off by saying, “Rather than spending money on hospitals, we should use that money for constructive things. If we want to be a healthy nation, everyone should take up at least one sports to become fit. You need not play a sport to become professional player but the sport will keep you fit.”