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The passion for sports in India is exceptional. We have a huge population keen on witnessing and participating in sports & sporting events. Our sports infrastructure plays a very important role in encouraging this demand and positively impacting the economy. Sports infrastructure is often addressed as the “backbone of sports industry” as it plays an important role in gaining sports excellence. Good sports infrastructure is a must to boost our nation’s sporting culture & Olympic scores. In this article, we’re going to reveal the present status of the Indian Sports Infrastructure and in addition, the measures taken in this regard by govt. and private sectors for sports infrastructure development.


  1. Why is a good sports infrastructure important?


Understanding the importance of a good sports infrastructure is crucial. The points mentioned below have highlighted few of them:

  • Enriches and develops sporting culture
  • Enables better training which helps in developing sportspersons of international repute
  • Commercial aspect that generates revenue
  • Attracts more users who have limited options at the moment


The current status of Indian sports infrastructure


Since the last few decades, India has witnessed spurt in the development of sports infrastructure. Our sports industry has been growing well pre Covid -19 but is facing a slump due to the pandemic. For instance, we were able to host various mega events such as Commonwealth Games 2010, Hockey World Cup, Cricket World Cup and U-17 FIFA world cup. In the 2012 London Olympics, India won two silver and four bronze medals. Further, in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Games, we have won silver medal in badminton and bronze medal in wrestling. 

Despite all these successes, we are still not up to mark. We still lack good sports infrastructure. It is yet to reach the desired level and consequently, hindrance are formed in developing a sportive culture.


Government initiatives in the direction of sports infrastructure development:


The fund allocation to sports in different Five-Years plans since 1982 are as stated in the table below:

Five year plans Duration of five years plans Allocation to sports (INR Million)
Sixth five year plan 1980-1985 270
Seventh five year plan 1985-1989 2,070
Eighth five year plan 1992-1997 2,100
Ninth five year plan 1997-2002 4,730
Tenth five year plan 2002-2007 11,450
Eleventh five year plan 2007-2012 46,360

A significant increase can be observed in the fund allocation to sports in five-year plans. Moreover, studies reveal that majority of funds are allocated for sports infrastructure.

Source: http://the sportdigest.com/2013/05/sports-infrastructure-in-india-the-present-status-and-future-roadmap/ 


Role of the private sector in sports infrastructure:


-Private sector involvement in sports infrastructure development is through public-private partnerships and other factors. 

-Successful Public-private partnerships has got couple of benefits.  It enables building of multi-purpose center and allows management of the existing sports infrastructures (both government and private) by the private sector. Majority of the states are yet to include public-private partnership into their internal policy. However, some states do have a defined role. 

-An example of successful Public-private partnership model implementation in India is the construction of the sports city in Naya Raipur. This has got facilities of lawn tennis, aquatics and others.

-States like Gujarat and Rajasthan have delineated the role of this model in their sports policy. On the other hand, states like Madhya Pradesh have commenced the development of sports cities.

Hence, its a start with a lot to be done.

Source: https://www.mondaq.com/india/sport/764608/a-roadmap-to-sports-infrastructure 


Sports facilities in schools 


Kids, teens and  youths are quite energetic in nature. Therefore, it is necessary to channelize their energy in the best possible way. Thus, initiatives should be taken by schools across the nation to develop world-class sports infrastructure.

Percentage of schools with playground:
School category Govt. Private Aided Private Unaided Unrecognized  Madrasa recognized Total schools
Primary 51.64 78.50 79.36 52.25 43.43 57.58
Upper primary 60.68 85.18 82.77 63.40 49.69 68.79
Elementary 54.08 81.33 79.21 52.18 43.80 59.79
Secondary 68.35 88.72 83.12 67.36 48.96 77.39
Higher secondary 73.06 88.11 83.04 69.97 50.17 79.63


The study has revealed that 11 states have less than 40% schools with playground. In case of upper primary level, 6 states fall in the category of 20-40% government schools that have playground facility.

The private schools are found in much better position as compared to the government schools and higher proportion of private schools (both aided and unaided) are having playground facility. But, are they good enough to provide the best value to growing kids, who are the future of Indian sports? The answer is NO!

Source: http://www.dise.in/Downloads/Paper_on_Physical_Facilities_(Draft_prepared_for_CABE)_-_Report.pdf  


Residential sports facilities and private playgrounds


We have various sports infrastructure facilities in residential areas in the form of small parks, swimming pool, cricket ground, etc. Though they seem minor, they do play an important role in sports development. In addition, they offer opportunities to the players to engage in physical activities and bring about physical development. Hence, Initiatives should be taken by society members as well as the government to develop such sports infrastructure. 

On the other hand, in cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and few others, sports enthusiasts have started building private sports facilities and playgrounds. For instance, Adidas The Base Plaza (football), Flow Sports Life (Gurgaon) in Delhi, Tiki Taka in Chennai, Turf Air Plaza in Kolkata and many many more. As a result, there is a huge surge in people of all age groups playing recreationally & participating in Events.

In conclusion, these initiatives are certainly not sufficient enough to meet the sport infrastructure needs of the growing population & culture. India has still got a LONG way to go in order to develop a world-class sports infrastructure. Hence, collective measures need to be taken to build more sports facilities, making it accessible to people.

So, let’s hope for the best to come! However, If you are looking forward to building state of the art sports infrastructure and are requiring assistance, feel free to reach out to us. We will be glad to help you out. Our contact details are as mentioned below:

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