Rural sports are games developed in the traditional times. Practiced since ages it can be seen taking place among people involved in rural areas. The games were involved in their daily lives, some them were based on daily hunting techniques such as running, throwing, jumping.
Nowadays, most of the rural sport seems extinct. Thus the development of sports in India has become a necessity. The government needs to come forward as the rural sportspersons need proper sports kit, nourishment through specific diet.
Unless the requirements are fulfilled there is no possibility to develop India into a superpower that is expected to win major tournaments like Olympics, Commonwealth games, and other Asian level games. It is important to know the games that are recognized on the National level.
Nowadays, People are more involved in cricket, football, tennis, and hockey. However, there are a majority of games that are played on national and international levels. They are Athletics, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Wrestling,Tug of War, Archery, Weightlifting and Volleyball to name a few.
Sports, a transformative tool cuts culture, gender and class barriers. It helps us in the overall growth of an individual.
Also used as a form of entertainment and refreshments, activities relating to sports and physical education are essential components in our daily lives. It is a key to healthy living and has inspired communities.
It prevents stress and helps us keep a good mental health.
Importance of Rural Sports:
Today, India lags behind many Asian countries in international sports. 20 percent of our population involves rural youth. These people are deprived of major sports facilities so there is a need of sports facility in the form of playgrounds, infrastructure for these people.
The government of India started several sports schemes. It was to make it sure that the growth of rural sports continues to grow. Depending on the need, Rural Sports Program was launched in the year 1970-71. The main motive was to find hidden talent in rural areas.
Other sports-based programs include Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, Urban Infrastructure Scheme, Himalayan region sports festival, National Sports Talent contest. These schemes were defined under the National Sports Policy in the year 2001.
Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has stressed the importance of sports. He announced Sports Talent Search Portal last year and has recently followed it with Khelo India program.