Sports as profession is evolving in India: Somdev Devvarman

To be successful in any profession, the key factor is passion, said former international tennis player and Arjuna awardee Somdev Devvarman.

After launching sports management courses to be conducted by Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) in association with the Centre for Sports and Management Studies at the SDM IMD premises, here on Monday, he said, “Does the sports culture actually exist in our country? Is a sport a viable career? Looking at it from the management and athletes’ point of view, I think the answer is ‘no.’ But the trend is changing. In the 1970s, there were just a handful of professional athletes. In the 1990s, a few more got added. Now, with pro kabaddi, a badminton, wrestling and cricket league, sports is truly growing in our country. It’s extremely important that it’s taken up professionally and it’s a very good opportunity for students to learn sports management.”

Musthafa Ghouse, former Indian tennis player, said that such sports management programme will benefit sportspersons in a long run. “If the right people with the right mindset are in positions of authority, it will really do a lot of good for sportspersons and one can expect more medals in the near future,” he added.

Enrico Piperno, founder member of CS and MS introduced sports management and how its needed to address the fast- changing, growing needs of sports business, sports tourism and sports management.

 

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