No trend of promoting sports!

Games are not encouraged in schools and in families of Pakistan, especially for girls. In colleges and schools, there are no extra classes for games and playing games out side is too expensive, for those who really want to establish their names in the world of sports.

Being a great fan of sports, the problems I had to face are countless. I want to share them with you, which will help us in understanding the root cause of this negligence. In college, I always wanted to play long tennis but at that time, there were no such game offered. The games offered were and still are volleyball, table tennis, basketball and hammer throwing. These are most common games in all colleges.

Those who are interested in participating have to bunk their classes and play, otherwise stand outside the ring and buck up your college team. College administration takes no responsibility what so ever if a student bunks her/his class to participate in games. Teachers scold them if they bunk classes and you are out of the team if you do not bunk classes. This causes confusion for most students.

I know one girl from my school years who use to be the top athlete in the whole city but was nil in studies. Teachers used to promote her to the next class just because she was promoting their schools name. She uses to bunk her classes all day long and prepare for her games.

Coaching is a completely different profession one who is athlete cannot be a good coach. I have experienced that those who use to play for once or twice in any game and could not do well started coaching in colleges. This put the student in a great difficulty. Like a jungle flower that is growing, but without any pruning and thus devoid of extreme beauty..

There are no scholarships awarded by the Higher Education Commission for athletes. The government schools and colleges provide no courts and gyms. By writing gyms, I mean fully equipped one, not just a big hall without any proper equipment.

There is only one sports complex in our twin cities, which provides all the facilities under one roof. Such as swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor games area, squash and many more. However, can one complex fulfill the needs of two cities? I do not think so. There are army sport complexes but civilians are not allowed there, as army men think of them as aliens.

On home level, parents have not much income in which they can send their children in sport clubs. Those who have their kids playing are not much interested in playing at higher level as they only play to tell their friends that they have joined such and such club.

There is also another aspect to this issue and that is those who are willing to be something they find ways to do it. In our country, no one takes sports as a serious profession and this is all because of the trends going on in our society. As we as a nation still think that a doctor or an engineer is the only respectable money making profession and thus most parents push their children in these couple of fields and discourage them from all else.

Whereas, most of developed world, it schools and parents understand that in reality a completely healthy and well rounded mind needs a well-rounded education and proper activity in arts and crafts and sports.

May be rather then only learning to wear jeans and shirt and using foul language from movies, we shall learn from them things that are productive, useful and praiseworthy.

6 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 12:59 am

    Sports are sooo important, I could not agree more Ghaliya! But I think by and large most of us are averse to sports, and it’s our own attitude that should be blamed more than anything else. For example in a city like Islamabad, you would hardly find many locals who would actually hike upto Gokina to treat themselves with a nice tea or fruit juice. Most would be content in driving up in air conditioned cars only to down oily parathas and smoked bbqs. How many of us would actually take a bicycle to work? How many of us, especially the young ones, men and women, do you see in the streets in the jogging or sports attire? Lastly how many of us actually do believe that participating in some sort of sports is essential. I would say not many. This case is really pathetic for women in a chauvinist fundo society of ours. Cross Women’s country marathon comes to mind here.

    On the other hand, on tracks and trails, you would mainly find obese unfit people who want to get rid of their fat, because they might be getting engaged or preparing to walk down the aisle in the near future.Or perhaps some people from the older generation when they did believe in the importance of sports.

    The other day I saw a “gora” at 4 am in the morning all sweat up, with headphones on, running on the tarmac just infront of my house, followed by a comprehensive session of Taichi.

    You talk of sports complex being the only place for sports, I think that Islamabad is one big giant sports complex, but there aren’t many sportsmen.


  2. 1967 (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    Sports are sooo important, I could not agree more Ghaliya! But I think by and large most of us are averse of sports, and it’s our own attitude that should be blamed more. For example in a city like Islamabad, you would hardly find many locals who would actually hike upto Gokina to treat themselves with a nice tea or fruit juice. Most would be content in driving up in air conditioned cars only to down oily parathas and smoked bbqs. How many of us would actually take a bicycle to work? How many of us, especially the young ones, men and women, do you see in the streets in the jogging or sports attire? Lastly how many of us do believe that participating in some sort of sports is essential. I would say not many.

    On the other hand, on tracks and trails, you would mainly find obese unfit people who want to get rid of their fat, because they might be getting engaged or preparing to walk down the aisle. Or perhaps some people from the older generations when they did believe in the importance of sports.

    The other day I saw a “gora” at 4 am in th morning all sweat up, with headphones on, running on the tarmac just infront of my house, followed by a comprehensive session of Taichi


  3. A for Apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 2:02 am

    Hmmm well the point raised by 1967’s quite valid too but existence of facilities within affordable range is also an issue here … just take example of swimming … if it’s PAF or Naval’s pools and you are a daughter or son of some “armed” officer then mere Rs 50-100 are charged per month … can you imagine … while if you look out elsewhere … for civilians then it goes for hefty Rs 2K to 4K depends … !!!

    As far as sports in Schools and colleges are concerned I truly agree … its usually taken that if you are into sports then you should be a complete duffer in studies … general approach … many of the players even shoaib akhtar got promoted only on the basis of sports he was in Asghar Mall college (just for record) … well its again the Approach and Attitude needs to be changed on nation-level … otherwise … suffer suffer suffer ….!

    Best wishes ^_^


  4. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    Yes, our laziness jeopardized our health and future. There is no such trend of being healthy. We like to do a nine to five jobs and than nothing else but our bed. On weekends we just watch movies or go to eat junk food. There is no such trend of any activity except of food. In walking tracks, I have mostly seen old people. Two out of 20 young people are jogging around. This is a shameful ratio.


  5. 1967 (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    As far as access to facillities is concerned, that’s because of our population explosion. It’s more than all the developed countries of the world, leaving aside the US. Still, the mullahs will urge you to multiply like rabits (I had the opportunity to hear a detailed lecture at the Eid prayers addressed especially to the “youth” on same). So, that’s a simple matter of demand and supply. Ironically, those who actually can afford sports, and swimimg pool access are the most lethargic of all….


  6. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 2:26 am

    1967: Problem is that we go to mosques listen to such rubbish and the worst thing is accept it. As mullahs are our gods’ not just ordinary people talking about an issue. We also do not have courage to stop them from saying wrong. When you heard him saying that you did not stop him, Did you?
    Our government has to spread the awareness this is their responsibility. Media is a strong platform from where they can take help and promote sports.
    Talking about the population I think we should follow the rules of china that are that if any parents has kids more than two his nationality will confiscated and they will be no more allowed to stay in the country.

    I think this is the best way for those who think that children are the blessing from God. hahaha



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