Parents must be made important stakeholders for initiatives to succeed!

Parents need to be informed, sensitised and witness to the positive developments in their children to be able to heartily support the SDP organisations/individuals working with their children. Their support would notably add to the efforts put in by SDP professionals.

In the recent past, two reports of immense significance for all involved in sports for development and peace (SDP) initiatives were published in the Indian media. Continue reading

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When a bronze shines brighter than many golds put together

There are times one realise that nothing is bigger than being able to represent one’s nation at an international platform. The excitement and joy increases manifold if the particular platform boasts of a century old legacy. And the fact that one achieved this feat while socio-economic disadvantages haunted him/her for years is only going to exponentially sweeten the pleasure. It is in that moment that even winning a Bronze seems no less than winning a Gold medal.  Continue reading

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The relevance of Commonwealth Games in modern times

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Commonwealth Games Federation

Scotland is hosting the Commonwealth Games (CWG) for the third time this year, having previously hosted them at Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986. The current edition of the games got off to a good start and has fared well so far. However, at previous two occasions they were met by boycott-threats as well as boycotts by fellow Commonwealth member states. Few months prior to the 1970 Games, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) invited South African all-white cricket team, to tour England. India, in accordance to her commitment towards anti-Apartheid struggle, along with 13 other African states threatened to boycott the Edinburgh Games if South Africa went ahead with the tour.  Continue reading

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Sports countering Social Problems – Few examples from India

Saying that sport has potential to change lives is not an exaggeration. However, the potential of sports to help attain various developmental objectives largely remains untapped in India. There are only a handful of initiatives (including both government and non-government) that are using sports as a tool to assist in enhancing and/or accelerating the effectiveness of developmental efforts. Some of these deserve a mention here. Continue reading

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Protecting Brazilian children from child labour as the World Cup begins

Unequal relation between a child and an adult is the basis of various exploitation of the children all over the world.

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