Mumbai, Dec 22: Member of Parliament and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Friday took to social media to spread his message, after he was unable to speak out on Thursday in Rajya Sabha. He talked about the importance of sports and fitness and its role in shaping the future of the nation’s youth.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Sachin stated how ‘young’ people does not necessarily mean ‘fit’ people. He reminded that India is the diabetic capital of the world. “India is said to emerge as the youngest average age nation in the world by 2020. So the assumption is Young Hain toh fit hain (If its young, its fit). But we are wrong.” Following this he said that over 75 million people of the nation are affected by diabetes. And it is largely because of the unhealthy lifestyle we have grown the habit of.
He also talked about obesity and how India is the third country with most cases of obesity. He stressed how the economic baggage of these diseases will obstruct the nation’s growth both financially and physically.
‘”According to a UN report, the impact on the Indian economy of non-communicable diseases from year 2012 to 2030 will be 6.3 trillion US dollars,” he said. But we can bring these numbers down if we all make efforts, he added.
Sachin said, “Our fitness sessions are getting lighter while eating sessions have turned heavier.” The ace cricketer further said, “In the age of mobile phones, we have turned immobile.”
“It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true!” he said.
He said India needs to inculcate a sense of sports among all people. Referring to the Northeastern states and the sportsperson which have come from these states, he said how a sense of sports is part of that culture.
He also thanked the Ministry of Human Resource Development for making efforts to strike a balance between sports and education. Sachin spoke of India’s sports playing female population and how extra effort is required to encourage the abundant and potent talents of the nation.
He also said how financial security is one of the prime concerns for people and in India most of the sportsperson retire by the age of 40, while that is the same age when any professional’s career takes off.
On Thursday, Tendulkar was slated to initiate a short duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India, which was disrupted by the protests that led Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House for the day.
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