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More physical or sporting activity needs to be included in the   Over the past five years, the Trusts have established   National Institute for the Visually Handicapped started                          • Mizoram Football Initiative: 32 of the 41 boys trained at
 school curriculum and should be promoted for the holistic   state-wide sports development programmes at the   as soon as the schools re-opened.                                                           the Football Centre of  Excellence in  Mizoram  were
 development of children. This will, in turn, feed talent into   grassroots level in Jharkhand, Mizoram, Manipur and                                                                                       successfully placed in di erent football academies across
 Sports is an important catalyst for development. It raises
 competitive sports and improve the country’s odds of   Odisha, based on the culture and availability of sporting                                                                                          the country, imparting a fillip to their professional football
 aspirations, improves physical and mental health, and aids
 participation and excellence at the international level.   infrastructure  in  these  regions. Programmes  were                                                                                           careers. Further, a grant was given to the Mary Kom Boxing
 in the overall development of children. The United Nations
                             designed to develop Hockey in Jharkhand and                                                                                                                                   Foundation, following which the foundation’s boxers won 12
 has listed sports as a development tool with a host of
 The Trusts strongly believe in sports being a powerful   Odisha, Badminton in Mizoram, and Football in Mizoram                                                                                            gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals at three state and
 benefits ranging from raising the standard of health
 accelerator for meaningful development, with a focus on   and  Manipur.                                                                                                                                   national championships.
 globally,  attracting  funding  and  investment  in
 young children and youth, especially among the
 infrastructure, to spawning new livelihood opportunities in
 underprivileged and under-served communities in the   The Covid-19 pandemic ground all these sporting                                                                                                    • Hockey: Girls from the Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High
 the sporting ecosystem.
 rural and tribal regions of the country. This is particularly   programmes to a halt over the past two years, though                                                                                      Performance Centre Academy won silver and bronze
 significant given that historically, these regions have   fitness training sessions were conducted online, albeit in a                                                                                      medals in the Academy Sub Junior and Junior National
 Unfortunately, in India, sports are still
 produced the best athletes in the country.  limited  manner. During  the  year under  review,  with the                                                                                                   Championships, whereas the boys from the Naval Tata
 considered an extra-curricular activity for
                             world struggling to get back to normal post-pandemic, the                                                                                                                     Hockey Academy, Jamshedpur, won a gold medal at the
 recreational  purposes  or  competitive
 Tata Trusts’ sports strategy is based on the   Trusts renewed their e orts to restart the programmes                                                                                                      Academy Junior National Championship.
 participation.  With  a  greater  focus  on
 “Sports Development Pyramid,” which   and bring them back on track.
 academics, the time devoted to physical
 aims to lay a strong foundation for                                                                                                                                                                      • Uttarakhand Sports Initiative: Two athletes represented
 activities is reduced, which drastically a ects not
 enjoyable physical education and sports   • The Hockey excellence programmes at the Naval Tata                                                                                                            India at the World Athletics Race Walk Team Challenge
 just the physical, but also the mental and social
 through  in-school and  grassroots   Hockey Academy in Jharkhand and Odisha are                                                                                                                           event in Oman during March 2022; also, a visually
 development of children and youth, resulting in
 programmes, before building on these   residential programmes and were the least impacted                                                                                                                 impaired footballer from NIVH, represented India in the 3
 many lifestyle diseases.
 fundamental blocks to identify   during the pandemic. They quickly swung back into                                                                                                                        Match Series organised in Muscat in March 2022.
 talented players and coaches,   operation as  soon  as  the  government  allowed
 The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this
 and  provide  competitive     resumption of   sporting activities. Grassroots-level
 situation, with even younger children attending
 training  opportunities  that  Hockey, though operational in pockets where Covid
 kindergarten and primary schools gaining greater
 lead them to various careers in   infections were fewer, also quickly reached peak
 access to smartphones, even in remote villages
 the sporting field, such as players,   capacity during the second quarter.
 across the country. As a result, these children
 o cials, administrators, etc.
 are now hooked on to their digital devices,
                             • Due to a  denser  population and availability  of only
 forgoing the usual practice of various
 Further, given that partnerships make such programmes   indoor courts in Mizoram, it took a longer time to
 forms of physical activity and play—a
 stronger and more sustainable, the Trusts have   regularise operations for Badminton. The competitive
 scenario which was mostly
 identified  local partners  with  strong  outreach   training centres, however, commenced operations
 prevalent in cities alone.
 capabilities, such as local clubs, coaches,   during the second quarter.
 communities,  and  state-level  sporting                                              KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
 This has reinforced the importance changing the ways in
 associations, to work with and to develop   • The physical literacy in school programme in
 which education is imparted to children, especially with
 capacities so that these programmes can remain   Uttarakhand recommenced during the third quarter with   • Mizoram Badminton Initiative: Five and 10 talented
 regard to the need for more physical and experiential
 viable in the long run. Wherever possible,   the Train the Trainer workshops being implemented in   players from the Regional Development Centres were
 learning, along with fostering a physical and emotional
 collaborations with state governments have been   schools after they re-opened. The training for athletes at   placed in the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy
 connect. This  has already been articulated  in the new
 sought, so that existing infrastructure can be   the Maharana Pratap Sports School, continued in public   (PGBA), Hyderabad, and in the ITM Badminton Academy,
 Education Policy, which supports the predominant view
 used and integrated within the programmes.   spaces and within the institute, as and when permitted.   Raipur, respectively, with full scholarship. Five new
 that the time is now ripe to embrace and implement this
                               Training for  the visually  impaired studying  at the    coaches were also appointed at PGBA.
 change whole-heartedly.

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