Sport has to be played in the right spirit and there can be no shortcut to success, K.Srikkanth, chairman, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee, said.
“Honesty is the best policy. To make it big in sports it is very important to be straightforward,” Mr.Srikkanth said, inaugurating a national conference on ‘Doping in sports – invigoration, prerequisites and misapprehensions’ at National College here on Saturday.
The former Indian cricket team captain cited instances of Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid walking away from the crease even without waiting for the umpire’s decision, when they knew they were out. “Sporting spirit is of great importance,” he said.
Mr.Srikkanth also observed that India had tremendous sporting talent and it needed to be encouraged. Advising the youngsters to strike a balance between sports and academics, he said there was a huge scope for pursuing a career in sports these days. Mr. Srikkanth, a qualified engineer, said he took immense pride in being a sportsman.
R.Thirumalaisamy, former vice chancellor, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Ravi Murugaiah, chairman, Vasan Estates, K.Raghunathan, secretary, National College, and K.Anbarasu, principal, were present. More than 100 papers were presented during the day-long conference, which was organised by the Research Department of Physical Education of National College. At the valediction, G.P.Sajith Babu, youth officer and head, NSS Regional Centre, Chennai, gave away certificates to participants in the presence of C.Samuel Chelliah, youth officer and head, NSS Regional Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and D. Prasanna Balaji, director and head, Research Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, National College.