PROMOTION OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES
India has 1000 million people. China has 1260 million. Nearly 22 million are born every year in India and only 10 million in China. As per present trend, by 2045, we shall overtake the Chinese population, with an Indian population of 1550 millions! But when we talk about achievements in sports, we are nowhere near to China in medal tally.
As a nation of over one billion souls, we often feel sorry and totally embarrassed to think that India is nowhere on the top in the world of sports and, in fact, it is somewhere on the bottom.
But after Beijing Olympics and recently held Commonwealth Games, the scene is looking different. As athletes from India make the country proud with their achievements in international events like the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, the Government has swiftly moved to groom a new crop of sportspersons for the future.
Sports today is an integral part of the all round development of the human personality and achieving excellence in sports has great bearing on national prestige and morale. But still there is a lot of hidden sports talent present in poor and rural families which needs proper care and attention. Apart from Government Departments, civil society organizations should also come forward to find out & encourage those brilliant sportspersons who can make the country proud if given a proper care and support.
NIFAA helped a talented powerlifter Mallika Sharma for her participation in Asian Powerlifting Championship held at South Korea. Due to lack of funds she was not able to attend this championship, despite her selection. After learning about her story, NIFAA Chairman Pritpal Singh Pannu contacted her and assured all support to ensure her participation. Eventually she was provided return air ticket to South Korea and Registration Fees for the event by NIFAA. Encouraged by this support Mallika Sharma made the country proud by winning Gold Medal in the Asian Championship. Fortune also smiled on her and she got a job in Indian Railway on the behalf of her Gold Medal in
Asia.Now she is working as NIFAA Yamunanagar Branch President to encourage more and more sportspersons of the state to excel their potential in the sports activities.
NIFAA organized various competitions at rural level to encourage sports activities. Recently such competition held at Village Nagla Farm where participants were felicitated with Certificates and Awards in different sports activities.
NIFAA especially encouraged Hockey as it is a National Game of the country and it is heartfelt desire of the organization that Hockey should regain its glorious past. Winning six Olympic gold medals in hockey during 1928 and 1956 is a matter of pride for Indians. When we retrospect at the past the record breaking victory of hockey at Olympic level makes us feel proud even now. Past of the hockey speaks for its glorious victory but presently hockey is going through a baffling situation. It seems as if Indian hockey is saturating day by day. It needs immediate support from every quarter. NIFAA supported Women Hockey Nursery in Sonepat during their state level competition by providing gifts to all participants. The event was presided over by NIFAA Chairman Pritpal Singh Pannu who promised to provide every possible support for the promotion of Hockey.
Expressing more appreciation is probably the most powerful and rewarding of the steps to encourage anyone in his field. NIFAA always celebrated victory of its countrymen in any positive field to encourage and boost up the morale of the winners. When Abinav Bindra bagged Gold Medal in Olympic Games, NIFAA organized a vicotry procession in the town, distributed sweets to congratulates him and also to encourage budding sportspersons to follow his path of success. Similar type of celebrations were organized to appreciate India's encouraging performances in Asian and Commonwealth Games.
NIFAA organized a special function to honour Harpreet Singh Goldy who hails from Karnal, where headquarter of NIFAA is situated, on his victory in Shooting at Asian Championship. NIFAA confered Karnal Ratan Award to Harpreet Goldy carrying a Citation, A Memento and Cash Prize of Rs. One Lakh. The function held in S.B.S. Sr. Secondary School Karnal where I.G. Police of Rohtak Range Sh. V. Kamaraja and SP Karnal presented the award on behalf of NIFAA.
NIFAA has started a special sports wing this year to encourage the sports activities in the state of Haryana and especially in the rural sector.