Why is Uttarakhand away from sports? Players and coaches flee due to system failure
Many players of Uttarakhand have proved their mettle in the country and the world but they did not do this while playing for the state team
Many players of Uttarakhand have proved their mettle in the country and the world but they did not do this while playing for the state team. Other states recognized their talent and because of them, they achieved the position they are in. Be it cricket or any other sport, many state-born stars are performing very well at the national and international level but unfortunately, these players are not part of the state teams. Because of this, the state's position in the ranking of players is not good. The state governments have not made special efforts for the development of sports facilities and respect for the players, due to which every good player has gone out of the state. As a result of this, the representation of the state in the team that went to play the Olympics is negligible.
Flaws in state government policies
The players of the state have to play in the teams of other states because there is no strong sports infrastructure in the state. This area is also not a priority of the governments, due to which the young players and senior players who perform well do not get any respect. There is also no attractive offer in the state for the talents who have achieved a place at the national level that they can contribute by staying in the state. Till now the biggest post that was given to a sportsperson is District Sports Officer under sports quota. While other states are giving scales of deputy director level to the players.
State's best players playing from other teams
Born in Almora, Ekta Bisht is a big name in women's cricket today. But she did not make this position while playing cricket with the team of Uttarakhand. Ekta Bisht plays for the Railways and the Railways recognized her talent and made her a part of their team. Today everyone in the state is proud of Ekta but unfortunately, she did not achieved this by playing for the state’s team.
Sneh Rana of Dehradun is also a part of the Indian cricket team. Due to her brilliant game, she has made a place in the Indian team. If Sneh was part of the Uttarakhand team, then the state team would have been much stronger. But Sneh plays for Railways. Born in Dehradun, Sneh's talent had been recognized in time, she would not have played for another team.
Football player Manish Maithani, who was a student of Raipur Sports College, is originally from Pauri. These days he is working in the Dehradun AG office. He also plays for the Kolkata team instead of the state. Football has been the identity of Dehradun but Manish's talent was also not recognized in the state and then he had to migrate to play for the Kolkata team.
Vandana Kataria, a member of the women's hockey team that went to the Tokyo Olympics, hails from the Haridwar district but she also has been selected in the Indian team while playing from the team of UP. If the State Hockey Association had recognized her talent in time, then Vandana would have been selected for the country through the state team and then would have gone to the Olympics. But this credit also went to UP's account.
Coaches are also fleeing
Not only the best players are migrating from the state, but good coaches are also giving their services to other states instead of the state. Apart from Olympian Surendra Bhandari, many such coaches are coaches of other state teams instead of the state. The state government is not giving better offers and respect to the former players, due to which they are going to other states.
BJP made historic efforts to promote sports after coming to power.BCCI accreditation, incentive schemes for players etc. are some of the important new initiatives. Their effect is beginning to be seen. Soon it will be seen that Uttarakhand will make an important place in the world of sports said Arvind Pandey, Sports and Education Minister.