Pune: Moved by the gesture of Pune International Sports Expo to honour the parents of successful sportspersons who made their mark at the international level through their respective chosen sports, the 1983 Crcket World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, said that only talent does not take a sportsperson forward, but a solid support system is needed to make it possible.
“Talent is one thing, but a sportsperson need more than that. Support of friends, parents, brother, sister, school, college.. everything,” said Kapil Dev while speaking at the felicitation ceremony of the parents of successful sportspersons who excelled in their respective sports.
The Pune International Sports Expo (PISE) on Saturday, honoured Nassima Mirza, mother of Sania, Varsha Thombare, mother of Prarthana, Bakhtiyar and Zakia Khan, parents of Zaheer Khan, KB Chhetri, father of Sunil Chhetri, Andalamma Pillay, mother of Dhanraj and Jay Chavan, father of special athlete Bharat, for giving their unstinted support and time to make their children’s career a success.
The parents were felicitated by Kapil Dev and PISE founder and director, Vishwajeet Kadam, with medals and bouquets.
“Healthy people brings healthy results and that helps a country grow in all specters of life and not only sports,” noted Kapil Dev during the interaction session that followed the felicitation.
He, however, warned the parents not to impose their own passion on their children and hope they would make it big in sports.
“Parents should give a chance to children to grow. Their job is to take the children to the ground. What the children do and learn is up to them. Do not push them to do something they don’t want to do,” said Kapil Dev.
Asked whether winning the World Cup in 1983 brought major changes to his life, Kapil Dev said it did but it did not happen immediately.
“Actually our triumph helped the next generation to enjoy the fruits of our victory. Cricket board then was a small body, but later it went on to become one of the most rich and influential sports body in the world and the current generation of cricketers are benefiting from it,” he said.
He cited the example of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli to justify the support system he had mentioned.
“They both started together and were equally talented. Kambli maybe was more talented, but his support system, the environment at home and his friends circle was totally different than what Sachin had,” Kapil Dev pointed out.
“We all know what happened later. Sachin went on to play for 24 years and Kambli just disappeared as he failed to lived up to the success he achieved early in his career.
Tomorrow at PISE – Day 4 – Sunday, May 8th
Timing –2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Closing Ceremony and Kick off Rio Olympics – 2016
Chief guests – Milkha Singh
Women to be felicitated – Bebbem Devi, Isha Karawade, Tejaswini Mulay and others
Timing – 5 pm onwards
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