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We lack in research, scientific support: Bhutia

Baichung Bhutia.  

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia on Tuesday pointed out the lack of scientific support for sportspersons in the country.

Sharing his views at a seminar on ‘Sports — The Healthy Way,' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) here, Bhutia highlighted the negligence of several important aspects associated with an athlete's training.

“In all top football clubs, a player gets Rs. one crore or even more (per year), while a physio gets Rs. 5000 (per month). The physios (normally) do not have any background,” said Bhutia.

Recalling his experience of playing for an England club, Bhutia said the stint helped him grow stronger. The former India striker said no research was being made in the country on supplements. “Whatever supplements we get are from foreign (countries) and we do not know which is genuine.”

Bhutia stressed the benefit of having a person who could perform the role of a physio as well as a fitness trainer with proper rehab expertise. “It does not help to have two persons performing different roles.”

Jagbir's views

Olympian hockey player Jagbir Singh also talked about his experience of playing for a German club, to drive home the need for undergoing proper scientific training.

“The doctor of that club told me that I have the fitness to play for 20 minutes only. It was an insult to me. But he told me if I went through the training schedule prescribed by him, I would be able to play full time by the time the league started. And it happened like that,” said Jagbir.

Former India women's cricketer Anjum Chopra also underlined the importance of educating the trainers so that they imparted correct training to their trainees.

B.V.P. Rao of Clean Sports India cited an example of how training the coaches could be beneficial in the longer run. He said hiring a foreign archery coach, who trained some Indians long back, was the basic reason behind the archers' success.

On handling sports bodies professionally, former India skipper Kapil Dev said everyone should follow in the footsteps of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He also urged the corporate houses to devote some part of their budget to promote sports other than cricket.

Kapil Dev said the BCCI should function independently, but at the same time it should follow the government guidelines. Appreciating the commercial success of BCCI, Bhutia said he found one drawback in the hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL) — the lack of focus on grassroots.

Several corporate houses, like Jaypee Group, Sahara India, Tata Steel and Coca-Cola, gave an account of their contribution to promote sporting activities and sportspersons.

Sports Secretary Sindhushree Khullar, in her concluding remarks, said there was a big demand for physical education teachers and the first aim should be to help the kids attain a basic fitness level.

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