The session was addressed by the legendary Indian shooter and likewise by Nandan Kamath, lawyer and managing trustee of the GoSports Basis.
“Sports administrators need to work towards creating an alternate skill development programme for athletes to ensure their well-being in the long run,” Bindra stated.
“We need to look after athletes because the very nature of sport is that more will fail than succeed. It is important that athletes have backup plans in case their sports career doesn’t work out,” Bindra identified.
“Sports administrators need to understand the psychology of an athlete to be able to build them up because athletes pass through different phases because of the nature of sport and the probability of failure,” Bindra added.
For the younger batch of sports activities directors he had another vital ideas too. “It is important to strike relationships with the experts and coaches that various federations have,” Bindra stated, suggesting that they need to undertake a one or two-day workshop with the consultants to grasp the processes.
“An expert can give a larger overview of the various elements that go into sporting performance and that’s where you will understand where performance is built and what are the various elements that go into performance and then you will start to have a better and deeper understanding of where performance is built. Results at a competition cannot be the only denominator when planning for an Olympic Games or an Asian Games,” Bindra opined.
Whereas Kamath, talking on expectations from sports activities directors, stated, “There should be a deep engagement with the process and to understand not just results but objectives and results connected with the objectives that you are seeking.”
Bindra spoke at size on his expertise as an athlete and likewise on the way forward for sports activities in India. “The one percent (of athletes) makes all the difference in sport, and as our sports ecosystem starts maturing, we need to start focussing on that one percent for all athletes,” he stated.
Stressing on the necessity to construct a robust expertise identification and nurturing programme, Bindra stated, “Getting foundations proper is vital, a whole lot of work on that has already been began with the Khelo India programme and likewise emphasis positioned on junior programme of various sports activities
Talking about how he sees Indian sport rising after the present Corona pandemic subsides, Bindra stated, “The post-Covid world could be a blessing in disguise for India. There may not be so much foreign exposure and this may allow India to build proper sporting infrastructure. We need to build our own coaches and our own support staff.”