Sportspersons should focus on remaining fit: VC

He was speaking at one-day workshop organised for teachers of physical education and coaches, organised by the Department of Physical Education of University of Mysore on Saturday.

Constant practice and hard work is the key to success. “The sports persons must work towards this direction, except perhaps during days of examinations as they have to dedicate more time for studies,” he said.   

Describing various programmes undertaken by the varsity for encouragement of sports, Talwar that discussions were on to offer training for students interested in sports at college level depending upon their chosen area in sports.

The varsity is also planning to provide special food allowance to university level students identified in sports persons as they are expected to keep fighting fit.
For this,  they must consume quality food which may not be affordable to everyone, he said. 

Taking into cognisance the role of physical education teachers and coaches, Talwar directed them to train students to excel in all competitions. They must be told about their aims and objectives of sports, stress control, patience and other techniques to emerge winners in sports.

He observed that students are not giving much importance for sports and do not participate in competitions at college level. Only some per cent of students evince interest in competitions. While there is good participation from students at primary and high school level, their participation at university level in such activities declines gradually due to reasons best known to them. This must be pondered over by physical education teachers and coaches, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Registrar of University of Mysore E T Puttaiah stressed on the necessity to promote rural sports, which is declining in rural areas due to lack of encouragement.  Earlier, Director of Physical Education Dr C Krishna informed that about 23 centres were identified at University level for encouragement of sports. Steps have been taken to appoint 23 officers in this connection. A list of 35 suggestions is being drawn up by the Department to improve quality in sports.  

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