Sports is an indispensable part of education system all over the world at each level of studies. Whereas education kindles the light of knowledge in the mind, the sports help to maintain the physique. It is always true that a healthy mind can only be the best in education. At the same time, sports are also important means of entertainment after long hours of studies and a source of renewed energy. Not only outdoor games like chess, table – tennis and billiards also require player's full attention and concentration accompanied by specific skills and techniques. All this is helpful from the point of view of health of students.
Students are always full of energy, all of which cannot be spent in studies only. It is sports only which are an outlet of surplus energy. Otherwise the extra energy can lead students to do wrong or unwanted activities which are harmful not only for the health but studies of students as well. The students enjoy their leisure time more while playing sports. They run and jump a lot which improve their digestive system. Their lungs breathe fresh air which make the students more active and healthy. Sports loosen the limbs and relax the entire body system of students so that they are again well – prepared to study with more concentration and dedication. Sports provide food for mind in the same way as learning provides knowledge.
Sports are essential to develop a healthy and constructive attitude towards life. In fact, sports lend a rhythm to life of students and provides the best co – curricular activity for them. However, it is found that present system of education is confined to the four walls of class rooms of our schools and colleges. It does not provide a good and scientific education. The present system of education and examinations has turned the students into mere bookworms. The students do not get time to pay any attention towards their physique. Though a well balanced diet can provide all the nourishing constituents in right proportions to body of students, but sports are essential to develop a well balanced personality. A combination of sports and studies for students will, therefore, result in their intellectual, moral and physical development.
Parents, and teachers both should encourage students to take keen interest in sports and should not insist on their being lost in their books. The school and college authorities should also provide the basic facilities to students for developing their interest in various games. And it is truly said "All work and no play makes Jack a dully boy." The governments must ensure sufficient funds to institutions for establishing necessary infrastructure in their schools and colleges for sports. Rather special schools should be started in each city where students can start their careers as sportsman along with studies to achieve minimum qualification.
In this way, sport persons of international level can definitely be developed and groomed in our country. There is no dearth of talent in students. It is a matter to bring it out by providing the required incentives. The participation in sports will make our future citizens disciplined, obedient, co – operative and having high team – spirits in all spheres of life. A student learns that while playing, he has to play not for his own good but for the good and success of the whole team. Eventually he is to keep in mind the success of his school or college or university along with laurels to his state or country. Sports make him lead a corporate life.
Sports teach our students that tears and smiles, sobs and sniffles, joys and laughter all are the inevitable accomplishments of life and should be taken in the stride in right earnest. Sports teach them that it is courage and fortitude to face the trials, hardships and various rigors of daily life. The very breath of sportsmanship is fairplay. Students learn to do no hanky panky, no underhand dealings and not shufflings. Sports is another name of honesty, integrity and loyality for students. Thus only a good sportsman can be the ideal citizen of the country. A student with good sportsman can be the ideal citizen of the country. A student with good sportsmanship can be right person to lead the nation. The country would get free from the maladies of corruption, hatred and greed if our politicians are able to possess even a fraction f virtues of a good sportsman.
Students also get lot other advantages if they love to play sports with dedication. They get admission in professional institutions for higher studies and are also preferred by many big industries for jobs. They are respected everywhere. They get more opportunities to travel not only within their own country but abroad also and above all, at no expenses to their account. They happen to meet hundreds of new people and see other cultures. They develop a sense of national and international integrity and unity. Sports are best for students as long as kept away from any type of politics and misuse.