Sports and Physical Education

Shayamal Vallabjee

When I was asked to write an article on the business of sport, its impact on children and the importance of having it as part of school curricula, I immediately thought of one line – Not every child is born with a silver spoon. But having said that - as an exercise scientist and a perfectionist - I do subscribe wholeheartedly to the importance of practice and hard work above talent.

Devika Nadig

Having both relished and survived twelve years as a school head and fifteen as the mother of a champion in a difficult, solitary game like chess, it will not be an exaggeration to say I have experienced a lot, both of the competitive sport, and the world it encompasses.


While many people are under the impression that physical education only means an hour or two of exercise, what they tend to forget are the benefits that sports and physical education bring especially to children. The experience of training or learning a new sport stays with them for the rest of their lives and provides opportunities for children and families to get together and have fun apart from helping them keep fit and develop health.

S. Giridhar & V J Raghunath

We are both unabashed cricket romantics and believe that however much the external attributes of cricket may have changed, the quintessential qualities of courage and nobility remain forever entwined with the game. In this essay we will describe why courage and nobility in sport is such a moving emotion and ennobling aspect of the game.

Ashwini Nachappa

Nandan Kamath

For far too long, professional sports and the formal education system have been at odds. In an increasingly busy and competitive environment, it is time that these two worlds made peace, moved on from the mutual suspicion that has plagued both and built on the other’s contributions.

Harsha Bhogle 


Ted Murray

Although there is widespread agreement on the need for physical education and sports in almost all countries across the world, in reality there are tremendous disparities in how various countries actually implement sports and physical education programmes in schools. I have been fortunate to have lived in a number of countries - in addition to my native USA - and would like to share some of my observations as to how physical education is approached in a number of countries.

D.D. Karopady


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