Mumbai: We celebrate National Sports Day every year on the birthday of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand that falls today. He is remembered and celebrated for his contribution to making India earn laurels on the global sporting map. When we talk about staying healthy, sport is one thing that keeps us fit both mentally and physically. On the occasion of Sports Day, actors share their love for sports and suggest ways to promote a sporting culture in the country.
This National Sports Day, I humbly request all entrepreneurs and business tycoons to dedicate some part of their income towards sports. As a country of 1.3 billion people, and with not many tax payers, the government has other places to spend the budget but corporates can spend a very small amount towards sports to inspire and nurture young talents, and make India proud. I don’t really play any sports. I used to play a lot when I was a student, but now I am doing my bit by owning a team at TPL and being connected with sports in some way.
I don’t play any sports now. But I definitely feel other sports apart from cricket should be highlighted which will give motivation to those sportspersons. Also, just highlighting one sport is unfair. Hockey is our national sport, but we only focus on cricket. Every sport and sportsman should be encouraged.
I am a huge basketball fan. I used to play basketball in school and college. I feel sports should be encouraged at all levels.
It is also true that cricket is worshipped in India. But, we should encourage other sports like hockey and basketball too. I would also encourage my daughter to play at least one sport regularly. I wish I can get time to play basketball again.
I have been fond of cricket throughout my school and college lives. Even after becoming an actor, I play cricket wherever possible. I don’t lose the opportunity to even play on the set. Sports help in keeping body and mind fit. Everyone should be encouraged to play a sport of his choice.