Posts Tagged ‘Sportsmen’

Sports Motivation

April 7th, 2010

It is a well-known fact that success requires a great deal of patience and hard work. In order to achieve victory a sports person is required to practice and train every day. As such, they need to be suitably motivated. Lack of motivation may lead to a lax in their fitness routine.

People can be motivated in numerous ways. Researchers state that motivation is “a process through which a person makes use of available resources, time, talent, and energy, and distributes them in a way they choose.” This process is called the personal investment theory, and it includes a two-stage causal process. The first stage involves the effects of external factors and their influence on how an individual looks at a particular situation. In the second stage, the individual takes into consideration a personal investment in the situation. The personal investment involves an inner drive, a desire, or an intention an individual possesses as a reaction to external influences. Different athletes have different forms of motivation to keep them dedicate to a particular sport. It may be enjoyment, physical fitness, social relationships, or goal attainment.

There are two kinds of motivation that enables sportsmen to achieve a particular goal or task. The first type of extrinsic motivation in sports comes from external influences or people. People are extrinsically motivated to earn rewards, social recognition, or benefits. The second kind of intrinsic motivation is an inherent characteristic that feeds off one’s inner drive to accomplish a goal or objective.

Intrinsically motivated people focus on a task for their own sake. They have a sense of self-determination, and look upon themselves as being able to meet the demands of a particular task. With the introduction of the Internet, there have been a number of sites solely dedicated to providing information on sports motivation. These sites also publish a number of sports related articles and quotes intended to motivate sportspersons.

By: Richard Romando

Value of Sports

March 30th, 2010

Sports are a great asset for us all. These include a number of outdoor games and indoor games. Mainly outdoor games, like hockey, football and cricket etc. are an interesting form of exercise, which helps in maintaining a good physique and good health.

The basic utility of games is undoubtedly helping us to maintain our body, beautiful and healthy. This applies to all of us. All children for example with delicate and fragile body frames should be encouraged, and if necessary, even forced to play games. This will help them at least breathe in fresh air if they are encouraged to have exercise, or play in the open field. Such sports build up the muscles of the child and he develops a healthy and an attractive body. Minor ailments like cough, headaches, and fevers remain at a distance from sportsmen. Sports provide a systematic and regular exercise in a pleasing way and provide enjoyment together with sufficient physical strain. Children with poor state of health must participate in sports as this will ensure good health and an improvement in the building of the body.

Sports also play a vital role in infusing discipline in players. A sportsman while at the field has always to act according to the rules of the game, with set norms of discipline of the game. This inculcates in the individual a sense of working in accordance to rules and regulations always, whether he be at home, at the games field or at his office. Thus, this working as per rules gets translated into all spheres of life of the sportsman, with ease and convenience. He learns to work as per schedule complete command of whatever job he takes in hand, as he always works in complete obedience of the rules set for the work.

Another important value imbibed in a sportsman is the sense of team spirit which is essential concomitant for success in later life. One learns to accommodate and adjust with all others, may be even of opposite temperaments, because, without this adjustment of the team, they cannot present a united front against the opponent and so never win a game. A sportsman knows how to deal with people who are very irritating for him as, he knows that adjustment with every member of the team is absolutely necessary and a key to any success. Learning this great art of adjusting, sportsman a is bound to be on the list of successful adults. He has learnt the great art of working together in harmony with others who may as individuals even be very repulsive to him, but nonetheless, he cannot afford a show of temper to any member of his team because he very well knows the fact that success is never a single person’s achievement, it is a group effort, so the group must be kept in good humour, if the work is to be done successfully, and with grace.

A sportsman on the games field also develops a sense of selflessness and a fellow feeling. He learns that no matter what position he holds in the games field, he often has to sacrifice for his fellow players. He has to remember that if the game has to be won, it has to be so with the help and co-operation of all the players, no player is big or small. Victory if achieved is a credit to be shared by all the players equally. No matter how great the achievement of one single player may have been, victory has to be attributed to the team and not the player. This teaches each individual on the field, the art of sharing even name and fame, credit and appreciation.

Another great quality that sportsman imbibe is his acceptance with a smile the mistakes and drawbacks of other players of his team. Instead of fighting or abusing a co-player for a mistake he might have made, a sportsman accepts mistakes of others and forgives them all, as he would understand and justify his own mistakes. This makes a sportsman very accommodating and considerate.

The greatest of all qualities in a sportsman is the quality of his having a sportsman’s spirit. He learns how to win with grace, and also to lose with cheer. He learns the hard fact of any game (even of life) that once he sets to play, there is 50% chance of winning and of course 50% of losing too. So he is always prepared to face the hardships of losing a game. He never becomes proud after a victory nor does he ever feel disappointed after a loss in a game. This is because if he is a winner once, he may be the loser next time and also, if he is a loser this time, he may win the next. He learns by being a sportsman that, winning and losing are never a permanent feature for anyone and that is why he maintains a balance of behaviour in every situation. This understanding of the spirit of the game makes a sportsman a little different from all others. For human as we all are, we are apt to become proud of our victories and ashamed of our defeats, but, this is all together different in a sportsman, as he learns the rules of the game that there is no reason to be proud or ashamed, for situations keep changing for all. He realizes that victory and defeat are two sides of the same coin.

Thus we can conclude that sports are an essential attribute of life. Sports build us up physically, mentally and even spiritually to some extent, as we learn to take gains and losses in the same stride. We are able to face the onslaughts of the world if we are good sportsmen, because we have all the ingredients of successful and happy individuals. We have in the bargain developed so many great qualities of head and heart that, when these are translated into action outside the games field also we score much above others who have not been able to come to the higher level of human existence, and still continue to possess all the weaknesses of humans. These weaknesses the sportsmen also had but, by entering the sports field, they have had to shed lower feelings and sentiments of us humans.

We have a lot in praise of sports but, that does not mean that, sports are without any disadvantages. It has often been seen that, children who are seriously interested in sports get away from studies and even from other extra curricular activities of their school or colleges. This makes them develop into singular personalities instead of towering rounded personalities.

After studying the value of sports in its totality, if is thought that sports must be encouraged as, they teach us a lot of good qualities which no other art can imbibe in us.

By: Manoj Mathew

Goonch – A Giant Pest Or Great Sport?

March 11th, 2010

The first sportsmen fishing in India (and I’m not being sexist, they were all men at first) rated Mahseer so highly that pretty much any other fish that dared take their bait was considered a pest. Goonch, a giant form of catfish found in many of the same rivers as Mahseer, soon gained this reputation particularly as the flesh spoils quickly and would have caused more than a few upset stomachs.

Goonch have recently acquired an even less savoury reputation. One recent documentary linked the scavenger diet of this species to the human remains found below Ghats – the traditional cremation sites preferred by Hindus in India.

Following on from the concept of man-eating tigers they then developed the idea that a local teenager had been taken (and presumably eaten) by one exceptionally large Goonch whilst swimming in the local river. This river, the Kali River, which divides India from the Western end of Nepal, takes its name from the Hindu goddess of death and destruction which added a little cultural spice to the mystery. Otherwise, the only evidence seemed to be one reference by a witness to the boy being taken by an ‘elongated pig’.

The documentary ends with one very large fish being caught and held up as the culprit. At six feet long and weighing over one hundred and fifty pounds, it is the sort of catfish you (and I) would love to have at the end of our lines but still, perhaps, a little bit small to take a healthy human alive.

So, are these big catfish worthy of being called sport?

I’ll concentrate on two factors:


Undoubtedly, we are talking about a size of fish that excites most anglers. Many of us have only seen photos of freshwater fish in excess of one hundred pounds. The real prospect of hooking into and landing a fish this big must be something to make a fishing holiday abroad appeal to even the most timid traveller. Just one point here: should you be lucky enough to catch one of these giants, please try to release it unharmed. This species has been abused enough and now deserves our voluntary conservation efforts.


Like most catfish, these fish feed mostly on the river bed. They are thought to feed mostly after dark, using their powerful sense of smell to locate food scraps. Locating and tempting one of the really big Goonch to bite is going to take patience and stamina.

Any angler determined enough to get a strike still has a battle on their hands. Pound for pound Goonch may not rate as powerful as Mahseer, but with a big fish on the line in the strong currents that they prefer, at night, the result can easily go with the fish. There are too many tales of screaming bite alarms, screaming reels … and screaming anglers winding back their slack line to think that there is no sport in the issue.

Fishing in India is only just beginning to take off as a serious recreational activity for the masses. Most will favour the highly prized Mahseer or the fine art of fly-fishing for trout up in the Himalayan foothills. Catfish are never a glamourous fish but perhaps Goonch fishing will become appreciated with time as good sport, especially for those who rate quality above quantity.

By: Ian Ford