On ‘International Day Of Sport For Development And Peace’, Let’s Salute The Power Of Sports

Dangal, Chak De India, Mary Kom, Iqbal, Sultan, MS Dhoni, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar….the list of movies based on sports or sports persons is endless. These stories are inspirational and motivate young people. It strengthens the fact that sports create a strong impact on all our lives and make it better in different ways.

On the day of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace let us dedicate sports in our lives apart from just being a way to stay fit or to break the monopoly in our routines. Sports can drive social change, community development and foster peace and understanding, above all a smile on everyone’s face.

It teaches us the value of togetherness, to think for others before ourselves, to plan for our goals, to relax our worries, to express ourselves better. That is why one of the best to define a sports person is- For a true sportsman, team is his second family.” As all these values have great impact on our personal, social and professional life. The power of teamwork, the importance of selflessness, the impact of performing well is what sports is all about.

Sport is an activity with no age, race or social bar. 6th April was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2013, and has been celebrated each year ever since 2014. The IOC, in its capacity of Permanent Observer to the UN, has been supportive of this initiative, as it values its potential to recognize sports organizations’ role in and contribution to social change and human development.

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. So, let’s celebrate the true spirit of sports. Let’s dedicate a part of us to a sport. Let’s indulge ourselves in sports. Let the value of brotherhood, unity and teamwork prevail in all of us to live better and harmonious life.


What Sports Means To An Athlete?

What Sports Means To An Athlete?
What Sports Means To An Athlete?

Sport is a vivid world to any sportsman. For many sportspeople, attempting to maximize the abilities and skills is the same thing as a motivation and resilience to a common man. In an easy term to understand, for an athlete, it is easy to learn a sports skill than being motivated every day. When an athlete attains success, dealing with frustration and adversity becomes a regular thing. Mental toughness is often overlooked and is perhaps an integral sports psychology for any sportsman.

Passion and Purpose for an Athlete

For an athlete, passion and purpose are quite important in life. They have the sheer dedication to the nth cloud possible; they are always aiming for a shooting star in the sky. With true passion, it becomes an obvious difficulty to reach full potential in life. Discovering clarity through constant traveling often makes it easy for the goals to achieve. Eventually, that becomes the purpose of a passionate athlete.

What Sports Means To An Athlete?

For an athlete, it is all about passion and purpose in their lives about the sports. It takes a great deal of perseverance, and loyalty for any sportsman to play their sports with the whole heart. An athlete playing sports means to enjoy the sport. Many times, they play it because, in their life, they are expected to play it. But that might lead to playing it without any passion towards it. Although there is nothing wrong with playing a sport with whole heart, mind, and soul driven in it.

Sports are being centered for an athlete. No matter what sport it is. It is the love of being engaged in all aspects of their training. A sportsman puts workout sessions, rigorous practice regime, health, emotional stability, and many other aspects of the center. For them, it is the clarity of achieving great highs, learning from their lows time to time. For any sportsman, loving every moment of training, heart and the motivation to push harder through the tough times is sports. For them it is the sole seed of their passion and every ounce of their hard work is to take the sport to the next higher level.

In closing, quoting with Heywood Broun quote, ‘Sports do not build character. They reveal it.’

NSPO Looks Out for Young Players for Schools India Cup

Schools India Cup
Schools India Cup

With the unmeasurable support from the Sports Authority of India; School Sports Promotion Foundation brings Schools India Cup which sees students from all corners of the country playing national tournaments at the grassroots level. In the first season, National Sports Promotion Organisation has made more than 2100 schools play over 2000 matches and students over 20 states have taken an active part in the games last year.

School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) believes that with the help of right guidance and sheer hard work, each of the deserving candidates blooming with talent – will surely achieve the best of all success, marking a niche in the enigmatic field of the sports world.

Chairman and educationist, Mr. Om Pathak introduces Schools India Cup to bring forth skillful and creative players of this young and energetic generation to take the sports at the grassroots to the next level. Along with a group of legendary and renowned experts such as Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia and Mr. Chetan Sharma, among others, they are all breaking the stereotype and are scout hunting fresh talents from different corners of remote areas in the country.

School Sports Promotion Foundation has recently being appointed as the National Sports Promotion Organisation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports by the government, thus giving a national honor within such a short span.

It is indeed a matter of a great pride that SSPF is now conducting Schools India Cup to help the students realize their dream coming true. These students will be given a push to pursue their favorite sport and recognize their talent. Handpicked by our panel of experts during the ground level tests and tournaments, further, these students will be playing at the state and national levels after rigorous core training under the supervision of professional guidance.

Schools India Cup registrations are open to schools and team entry. Any school from any part of the country is welcome to register themselves under the sports category – Cricket, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, and Athletics.

To register, visit www.sspf.in

Top 5 Tips For NTSN Athlete To Balance Sports & Academics

Striking the perfect balance between sports and academics can be a challenge, especially when you want to excel in both. On one hand, it’s the school bell which reminds us of the new academic year; and on the other hand it’s the whistle which motivates us to get back into the field where your coaches are waiting for you eagerly. It’s a daunting task. Isn’t it? As a participant of NTSN 2016-17, you must be thinking how to achieve great grades and perform exceptionally well on the playing field.

If you are one a student who is doing well in academics and equally passionate about sports, you must be wondering how can I balance both in the right way? As NTSN 2016-17 has already begun, this is the question in your mind all the time. How much is too much? How much time should I devote to sports? When should I go for practice? What should I choose? Which is more important?

Studies have shown that students who play sports have better grades and a more positive attitude towards life when compared with children who don’t. By keeping the time-saving tips in mind and implementing the right strategies, NTSN athletes can become successful both academically and athletically. Here’s how you can strike the right balance:-


 Be Organized

Maintain a calendar for both studies and sports. Write the deadline for school work, assignments and any other task which you have to complete. Keep track of all the sports practices and games. Go through the calendar every week and make all the essential corrections.



With so many tasks to be done at the same time, you should plan your schedule. Make a list of your school time, game time, leisure time and exact time to reach your school/sports club. When you have blocked a particular time in the calendar, you can easily get the time slot for your study and homework.


Weekdays & Weekends Are Equally Important

Check out your calendar and note down all the projects which are yet to be completed and schedule the practice games accordingly. Plan how you will study and practice for the games at the same time.

Take some time in your weekend to plan ahead.Do your homework for the coming week.Go through the important chapters and prepare questions in advance. Use weekends to complete your projects.


Never Ever Wait For Last Minute Task

 Complete the assignments as soon as you get them, and never ever wait for last minute tasks. Poor planning can result into disastrous results. You will either miss the games or get scolded by your teacher for not completing the assignment.


Make The Most Of Free Periods

 Do your homework, look for help if required, study and plan in advance during the weekends. This is what you should do during free periods. The good news is that you can develop different skills and gain a valuable experience by participating in sports- and it’s never too late to start.

All the best!!

10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni

10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni
10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our country’s shining star. Hailing from a small town Ranchi of Bihar, Dhoni as famously known as has made some cool statement both in the field and off the field. He still continues to win our hearts, doing simple things like staying humble and honest, even after being the cool captain of the Indian Cricket Team.

Debuted in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first test a year later against Sri Lanka, Dhoni is regarded as the attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. Be it Tests, ODIs or IPL matches, he has never disheartened his fans. After taking over the captaincy from a great player Rahul Dravid, India won 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007–08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Dhoni is a name, every kid, teenager, uncles, and aunties even the grandparents know in the country. When he walks in the playing field, the loud cheer from the crowd tells what is his fan following like. Considered to be a role model to young players, Team SSPF has listed top 10 things NTSN players learn from M.S.Dhoni.

Read to know more.

  1. Dream big

Coming from a middle-class family, he too had his own aspiration and dreams of aiming high in life. When he got a job in the railways, he continued to dream big and continued to strive his best to make his way to his passion – Cricket. Dreaming big with passion led him finally to be India’s greatest cricket Captain.

  1. Listen to your heart

He always believed one thing – to see your dream come true, always listen to your heart. He never said no to what his peer had to say to him. He wanted to follow his passion and make a sure shot in it, he did what his heart told him to do.

  1. Stay humble

Dhoni never let his ego of being a star in the field and otherwise get in his humanity. He always stayed humble throughout his life. Captain Cool never stopped from learning people around him, and always offered gratitude for life’s offerings with his whole heart.

  1. Learn from obstacles

The major learning from Dhoni is when the team was playing against Punjab, India’s star Yuvraj Singh scored high innings over 300 runs more than Dhoni’s entire team could do in total. Rather getting miffed he told his team members to not feel sad about the loss, for this our regular challenges one will face in the cricket ground. One should learn from the obstacles for it makes a player feel strong mentally and emotionally during matches and strive better.

  1. Accept your failures

Dhoni was a sensation in his school and everyone simply adored him. When he couldn’t make it Under-19 team, everyone was upset except Dhoni. He called it as a reality checker and worked really hard on his weakness. Accepting failure is one of the key points of life.

  1. Yes to hard work

Without any hard work, there is no fruit to success. He believes in working really hard on oneself.

  1. Love your critics’

You will never do well if you don’t take the criticism well. To be good at what you love to do, one has to be open to feedbacks, go bad or worse. It takes a person long way. Dhoni has always been bashed with a lot of criticism about his decision but he never got carried away with his decisions. Rather he used those feedbacks to a good reason to be better and that’s how his team always shined bright.

  1. Leave comfort zone

Dhoni loved playing cricket and for that, he had gone through ample of struggles, learned to fall, survive and rise through.  He believes in achieving something really extraordinary in life, and for that one has to leave the comfort zone.

  1. Let go

Our Captain Cool never lets negative vibe get hold of him. He believes that in any profession getting sad about negative things and asking about why it happened will make you feel vulnerable. Rather getting trapped in what, why and how of any situation, work your way out to shine through it by letting go of that negative vibe.

  1. Be daring and bold

 Taking daring and bold decision has always been his statement when it came to making a stand about anything being Captain Wise. His biggest virtue of life has been being immensely patient and it has always worked with him. This nature has always motivated other team players in his team and thousands of his fans to follow their heart and be wise in life.

Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, And His Journey

Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, and his journey
Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, and his journey

Surinder Khanna was one of the hardest hitters of the ball in domestic Cricket circuit in the 80’s. Former Indian wicket-keeper and batsman, he debuted in 1976, but playing for Delhi in Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in Bangalore (1978-79) brought him to rising fame. In this season, he made a century in each innings and Delhi made a triumph victory at the Nationals.

Born June 3, 1956, legendary Surinder Khanna was a strong lead as a wicket keeper in the domestic matches. With his name shining in the world of cricket in the late 70’s, he became a designated wicketkeeper for India in 1979 world cup in England.

As much as, he was an exceptional player off the back foot, he was also a beast when it came to aggressive ‘win the goal’ moment in the matches. His batting was remarkable, and he was known for his furious stroke play against best of the bowlers. He was an example of rare gift among Indian batsman. As a wicket-keeper, he was the most reliable and he earned the spot all by his hard work and merit. For Khanna, cricket was and still is a way of life; deep-rooted with practice and passion etched for life.

His career includes ten one day tournament and 106 first class matches which marked the best of his days. He always cherishes his debut days in 1976, often calling them as one happy vivid moment of his career span.

In one of his foremost interviews, where he talked about his glory day at the Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in Bangalore, he mentions, “Karnataka had a good side. (Gundappa) Viswanath, (Brijesh) Patel, (EAS) Prasanna, (BS) Chandrasekhar. It was a formidable side. But we had Mohinder and Surinder (Amarnath), Madan Lal, Chetan Chauhan, Rakesh Shukla, and Bedi Saab motivating us all through. I was destined to get those centuries and it just happened. Don’t forget Mohinder made 178 not out and we recovered from 49 for five in the second innings. We had a good partnership (256 runs) and I was so engrossed in batting that I did not realize I had scored my second century.” One of the best compliments that he still takes pride is when Bedi Saab gave him a warm hug when he returned to the dressing room after the match. He also made remarkable niche as India’s hero at the Asia Cup 1984, where he was declared as Man of the Series for his 51 not out against Sri Lanka and 56 against Pakistan.

Having joined as the Cricket Secretary in School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF), Surinder Khanna feels immensely proud to join this great initiative to promote honest talent at the grassroots level.

He said in one of the interviews, ‘I played in an era when players were honest, officials were honest. There was no money those days but cricket was good. Today, everyone wants to come and play cricket and people are willing to go to any extent to push their sons and students.’

As quoted from his earlier press interaction, Cricket star Surinder Khanna looks forward to being of any help, possible to bring forth all deserving candidates from remote rural and urban cities of the country, and condition them from basic to a level that shapes the overall mindset of sportsmanship in India.