As we make our career in IT, Management, Administration, Service, Security, etc. similarly we can make sports as a career. Known as a recreational activity, sports has now become a full fledged career option for the vibrant youth of our country. You can easily review the Indian sports history that portrays success of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, Sania Mirza in Tennis, Sachin Tendulkar in Cricket, Abhinav Bindra and Rajavardhan Singh Rathore in Shooting, Vijender Singh in Boxing, Viswanathan Anand in Chess, Narain Karthekeyan in Formula One, all have dotted the variegated Indian sports horizon.
Some initiatives by government has been taken in forms like National Sports Policy, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Ministry of Human Resources which are not sufficient to encourage the talented youth to make it as a career option. Certainly, only the efforts from government side is not enough to make it as a career rather the enthusiasm and possession of immense talent can only take one to ultimate sports destination. A person needs enthusiasm, self-motivation, physical stamina, mental alertness to constantly stay on the path of progress.
After choosing the particular sports as your career a perfect combination of hard work and perseverance is required with extra grit and determination to move ahead in your sport. A career is sports is beneficial too as it may provide you sponsorship, ad revenue or ambassadorships from the government. Again, there is sports quota which helps you in getting jobs and admissions to academic institutions if you can show an ample of talent within you. Like any other career, you can also face high and lows like a roller coaster but at the end of the day you will be rated in terms of your talent and overall success.
If there is a sport which you extemely love and very much comfortable with, you can think about making it your career. Moreover, the hard work never goes in vain. If, unfortunately, you can’t be a very successful sportsperson, there are related options like you can become coach, trainer, umpire or referee.