On the occasion of National Sports Day, i.e. 29th August 2018, let us look at how DU has managed to influence and produce sportsmen in various fields.
National Sports Day is celebrated throughout India on 29th August 2018. The day also involves the celebration of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand. Often referred to as ‘The Wizard’ he had incredible hockey skills. To commemorate his birth anniversary, in 2012 the Government of India designated 29th August as the country’s National Sports Day.
On this day, the President gives out all the sports-related awards like the Arjuna award, Dronacharya award, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to honour sportspersons and coaches who have made the nation proud with their service in their respective sports.
The University of Delhi is a varsity that recognises the importance of sports in everyday life. The University has produced world renowned sportsmen like Unmukt Chand, who is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College, and plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, and also plays domestic cricket for Delhi. Naveen Jindal, former Member of Parliament and the Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, is a graduate from Hansraj College. He is a national record holder in skeet shooting, and has won many national and international awards for the same. Apart from this, he has also excelled in Polo. Gautam Gambhir, the well known cricketer who represents India at the international level, is a graduate from Hindu College. Anjum Chopra, former captain of the Women’s National Cricket Team, is also a graduate from Hindu College. These are a few amongst the many DU graduates and current students who have been achieving international success.
Manish Adhikari, a football player from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) who represented India in the 43rd Asian Football Championship held in China says, “From playing football with my neighbourhood friends to being selected for the school, and then getting selected in my dream college SRCC, football became a huge part of my life. Representing India at the international level was a once in a lifetime experience which I will cherish forever. DU has helped me emerge as a player by giving me a platform to train and compete with the best players in the country. Football has taught me to be a responsible and disciplined individual. It has also helped me understand the importance of teamwork and leadership. Some of the best memories of my college life are on the football ground with my team mates.”
Playing a sport in college is somewhat similar to having a job- if you do not show up to practice, your position in the team is in jeopardy. Sometimes it is hard to choose to stay in when your friends are going out because you have practice in the morning, or you wish you could go to the movies, but you have a game. However, as a college athlete you must be dedicated and committed to the team.
Admission to the University of Delhi through sports quota is a long process. The candidates who apply are given marks based on their certificates. The next step is a fitness test, and later trials, which include both individual skills and team matches. The cut off is then released by different colleges that have vacant seats for the respective games and positions. After the admission, the students are required to go for practice sessions every day. Proper diet coupons are provided by the colleges to maintain the health of the hardworking sportsmen and sportswomen. Despite its questionable sports infrastructure, DU has time and again given great gems to the nation in the field of sports.
Feature Image Credits: Akarsh Mathur for DU Beat.