To compete at Olympic Games is the best that can happen in the career for any athlete. Track and Field events in Olympics are very important. That is why Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt are names known to many of us. Many youngsters aspire to leave a mark in the field of athletics these days
What do athletes do?
Athletes participate in an exclusive collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking. The simplicity of the competitions, and the lack of a need for expensive equipment, makes athletics one of the most commonly competed sports in the world
Athletics is mostly an individual sport, with the exception of relay races and competitions which combine athletes' performances for a team score, such as cross country. The International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport's governing body, defines athletics in five disciplines: track and field, road running, race walking, cross country running, and mountain running. All forms of athletics are individual sports with the exception of relay races.
How to become an athlete?
To be an athlete the sooner one begins the better. Having talent is very important but people who are able to find a good coach and training have a better chance of becoming successful. Strong determination and perseverance in needed along with talent. One can take training at various facilities of Sports Authority of India. One can begin after class 12 or earlier. One can begin career at the amateur level and start participating in the State level, Regional level and finally graduate to the National level. Other than SAI, there are many state level and private organizations that support athletics and sports enthusiasts. In many SAI establishments, the government bears the cost of training and also brings top level coaches. Most of the SAI programmes also have scholarships and student support and students can also look for financial assistance since many sportspeople in India struggle to find sponsorships.
Many sportsperson usually take up courses in Physical Education along with training in their sport. Although it is not mandatory but since sports is not a life time career and one usually ventures later into other careers it is better to continue education in the field.
There are many colleges and training institutes in India that provide various courses
(1.) National Institute of Sports, Patiala is the main academic center of Sports Authority of India
(2.) BPCAS College of Physical Education, Mumbai
(3.) Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Delhi
(4.) Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar
(5.) University of Delhi
(6.) Dhyan Chandra Sports College, Lucknow
(7.) University of Madras, Tamil Nadu
(8.) Sports University Rai, Haryana
(9.) Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
(10.) Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
(11.) Degree College of Physical Education, Gujarat
At the international level, the pay offs are very good. Also some of the sports offer good remunerations while for others that is not the case. With some success come sponsorship, brand endorsements and ad revenues.
It’s a dream for every athlete to represent India at the international events. Many strive hard to realise this dream and later venture into related fields. After experience working as a Coach or Instructor is a very natural transition. Besides they can work as Physical Education Instructors and athletic trainer. Many take up assignments of managing sports and leisure clubs and go to sports journalism whether written or as a commentator or anchor for sports shows. Armed forces and Indian government have special recruitment drives for exceptional sporting talent. Many public sector undertaking also provide employment to sports persons practice in these countries as well.
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