Manipur is sporting powerhouse, but 48 % female athletes travel over 10km to reach practice facility: Pilot survey
Staff, 2023-01-10 12:05:04,
Manipur’s five-day long Holi festival is rarely about colour-throwing revelries. They have ‘mothers marathons’ and ‘waterpot carrying’ races, wearing phaneks instead. “100s of sports clubs backed by the community take part in sport on every festival occasion. They don’t wait for governments to do something, they just play,” says former shuttler, now part of policy research at Simply Sport, a Bangalore based organisation, Aditi Mutatkar, explaining how the north eastern state, has ended up a powerhouse in sport.
The daily diet in most of Rajasthan is just not conducive for sports (“food can make or break champions”). And despite having the highest Arjuna awardees from Maharashtra, Shivaji Park, the sporting nerve-centre of the state capital Mumbai – as modern as they come – rarely has girls playing team sports at the ground: these were some of the qualitative remarks jotted down in Simply Sport’s ‘Breaking Barriers for Women in Sports’ pilot survey for 2022.
213 athletes from Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan and Manipur (82% in 15-20 age category) were surveyed through questionnaires and 34 semistructured interviews conducted with coaches. The four states were chosen as representatives of states historically having maximum participation and medals won by female athletes (Haryana & Manipur) and minimum – Bihar and Rajasthan. It was aimed at understanding barriers for women in taking up sport as athletes, coaches and administrative staff while…
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