Resolution against commodification of sports Featured

Despite having talented young sportspersons, India with a population of over one billion has not emerged as a major contender in international sporting arena, even after seven decades of independence. The Central Government and most of the state governments have not paid proper attention to development of sports infrastructure.  Most of the facilities are in dire straits. Market has taken over the arena of sports. Premier leagues involving millions of rupees in auction of players are being popularized. Big Corporates and celebrities are owners of all the teams in Premier League in Cricket, Football, Kabaddi and Badminton. This is a glaring example of commoditization of sports. 

Recently concluded Rio Olympic Games was an eye opener for all of us. India’s share in 974 medals in the last Olympics was one silver and one bronze-in per capita term one medal per 65 crores of people. This is embarrassing for a country whose rulers claim to  have achieved the title of world’s fastest growing economy. We forget this ‘once in four years’ humiliation quite fast. After the embarrassment at Rio, our Prime minister appointed a task force with an objective to ‘reap success’ in the next Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo. We should remember the plight of ‘Target Olympic Podium’(TOP) programme rolled out by our Sports Ministry with much fanfare specifically aimed at increasing our medal tally. Out of 118 athletes who went to Rio, 67 were allotted 17.1 crores of rupees in total for training and preparations. This figure is dwarfed by the reward given to P.V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik( 13 crores and 5 crores respectively). It is astonishing that the TOP programme gave 44 lakh and 12 lakh rupees to Sindhu and Sakshi respectively. But Deepa Karmakar who almost secured a bronze was allotted only 2 lakh rupees under this programme. This data shows how our athletes are allotted paltry sum compared to their counterparts in other nations. More public investment in sports is necessary. But in our country, public investment in sports amounts to 3 rupees per individual. 2015-16 Union Budget reduced the allocation for finding and developing sports prodigies from 50 lakh to 5 lakh rupees. This is absolutely uncalled for. 


Moreover, the domain of sports has become more and more inaccessible to socially and economically backward sections of the society. The Tenth All India Conference of DYFI demands-1) substantial increase in public investment in sports and 2) setting up of sports complexes and other necessary infrastructure for healthy promotion of physical culture among all sections of the society.


The resolution is adopted unanimously by 10th All #India Conference of DYFI

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