Assam moots separate curriculum for sportsperson

Guwahati: If things go as planned young sportspersons in Assam would soon be able to continue their studies and sports activities together without affecting each other. For, the state sports and youth welfare department is planning a special education curriculum for the sports persons.

The new state sports policy, draft of which has been prepared proposed

for a special educational curriculum for sportspersons so that they

can spare enough time for practice, coaching and participation in


The draft sports policy which aims at making sports and physical

education facilities available to children and youths belonging to all

sections of the society made the proposal following suggestion by many

sports organizers about necessity for a special educational curriculum

for the sports person in the state.

A senior official of the state sports department said that there was a

necessity for a special education curriculum as many young students in

the state have to skip their sports practice in order to attend their

schools and examination. In the process they fail to concentrate on

their sports even as they have equal interest and sports talent. “This

is part of our initiative not only to provide facilities to our sports

person but to tap the new sporting talents. We have included the

proposal in the draft policy and would be finalised after necessary

corrections,” the official added.

The official said the proposal would be discussed with the state

education department. “Our rural area has huge sporting talents in

football, volleyball and athletics. But unlike people in urban centres

they do not get much encouragement and support from their parents to

pursue sports seriously like their studies. As the parents asks them

to concentrate more on education, we loose a good sports talent in the

process,” he said.

“If we can support them to continue their education without affecting

their sports practice and activities, it would go a long way in sports

promotion,” the official added.

The draft sports policy aims to turn Assam a leading edge state in the

sports arena, to create adequate infrastructure, promote rural games,

adopt maximum disciplines of Olympic Games, broad base sports,

synergies the activities of Sports and Education Departments and raise

the standards of sports in the state.

It also plans to provide facilities to harness talent at the grass

root level, nurture the potential sportspersons and achieve excellence

in the sports at both National and International level and give

incentives to sportspersons who win laurels for the State at National

and International levels.