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ASA celebrated National Sports Day 2017 by breaking gender barriers

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ASA celebrated National Sports Day 2017 by breaking gender barriers

The most awaited day of the year was here; a day when all the girls and boys from the Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) came together and shared their love for sports.

The National Sports Day 2017 celebrations kicked off at Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) with a session of morning yoga with around 175 children on 27 August, two days prior to Major Dhyan Chand’s 112th birth anniversary. Chand, ‘The Wizard’, brought laurels to Indian hockey by winning Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936.

Keeping in mind the success of the last years National Sports Day and the excitement it brought to the academy players, this year three days of the same was planned for the children. The children were grouped into 17 teams having girls and boys from different ASA sports, namely hockey, cricket, football, tennis and judo. Each team represented a sports personality from India. The games were planned to maximise the fun quotient on each day. Soon after the yoga sessions on the inaugural day, cricket group stage matches were played. A campus rally by all the children from the academy also promoted the notion of unity among the diversified sports at ASA.

The children from each group took part in all activities together during the three days of the celebrations. The children liked the idea of a mixed group with different ages, gender and sports preference, playing together as a team. The three days also gave an opportunity to the children to take part in other sports and learn sport-related skills from the children playing that specific sport. It was a unique experience to see a hockey player shooting a football, bowling in a cricket match and so on.

An art corner themed ‘sport’ was also organised on the second day to bring out the artistic side of the 175 children from the academy. On National Sports Day, chief guest Dasarath, Director of Community Based Rehabilitation at Rural Development Trust (RDT), shared some interesting facts from the life of Major Dhyan Chand and about his achievements at the Olympics. The afternoon witnessed the felicitations of former sportspersons and veterans who later shared their experiences and motivated the children to regularly take part in sport and stay active.  The children thanked the organisers and support staff including the groundsmen and caterers by performing a ‘Viking-clap’ on the closing ceremony.

The children from the academy took an active part in this year’s National Sports Day celebrations. Commenting on the success of the event, M Nirmal Kumar, Sports & Cultural Director of RDT said:

The three day National Sports Day celebrations offered an opportunity to break gender barriers which still persist in different walks of life and for the children to share their skills from their own sport with fellow teammates promoted peer-to-peer interaction and sport-to-sport learning”.

  • You can watch a video of the day's celebrations here

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]

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Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:57