The inaugural edition of the Sports star South Sports Conclave, organized by the Hindu Group Publishing Pvt. Ltd., was held at the Taj Coromandel in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday (June 28th, 2022).
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Shri M. K. Stalin was the most important speaker of the day, opening the proceedings with insight into the state’s sporting history and ambitions.
The special invitation and partner of the event FIITJEE global school students and PET teachers of the Chennai campus and Vellore campus participated in the event.
The event started with a keynote address by the chief minister of Tamil Nādu Mr. M K Stalin. He gave a brief note about the futuristic plan for the development of sports in our state through infrastructure and also through the development of cash prices for the highest achievement in global sporting event Olympics. Special prizes were given to young Athletes and veteran achievers.
Mr. Viswanathan Anand (five times world chess Champion) in conversation with RB Ramesh (Chess Coach)
Chess at Chennai - the session started with a talk by Mr. Viswanathan Anand, who discussed how difficult it was during the pandemic to conduct chess training sessions online which was a benefit to closing the gap between the trainer and the student. Also, the important thing is how the sport of chess became an addiction to some of them which gives a positive impact on the players playing chess and not tiring them during the online sessions. But this addiction turned out to be unhealthy for young students who couldn’t take care of their health and stopped shedding calories and started spending time in online sessions. Some good gains or ideas can be considered, that is not to play repeatedly but one needs to take rest between one game to another during online sessions. A chess engine is needed for the improvement of the analytical part in chess with a basic understanding of the concept and level of the player is needed for the better performance of the players. Students raised many questions as to how to improve chess in the school curriculum and the answer given was very simple a game with the board and the coins that we use to play can improve the knowledge about the game and not only game sense but also a constant follow-up is needed for the better performance with the professional guidelines.
Outcomes: Children through learning this game- Improve cognitive skills (including concentration, pattern recognition, decision making, algebraic and geometric thinking, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and critical thinking) It also improves their self-confidence and self-worth and increases their attention span and memory capacity. Parents can be convinced by telling such benefits of learning this game.
The way chess can incorporate and relate to core academic subjects make it an amazingly powerful tool. Chess is one big science experiment; every time participants play a game, they are testing hypotheses and learning by trial and error. Through chess, players are required to think abstractly, analyze concretely and plan while juggling multiple considerations simultaneously.
N Srinivasan, the team owner of the Chennai Super Kings, sat down to trace the journey of the Chennai Super Kings, from its inception to its dominance in franchise cricket at the Conclave. He spoke about the set brand apart from the Franchise has gone from strength to strength over the years.
Traced with the many arms of the franchise's evolution, from how they landed MS Dhoni in the first auction to how fans have carried the franchise through its ups and downs over the years. He also spoke about the strategies for building a brand and how unsuccessful they were in selecting players for CSK and the process of the team winning. Further The Indian premier sporting event IPL during IPL bidding for the first time and accused. The other club’s bid for the top players and iconic player’s selection process is arithmetic. “The strategic plan for selecting the player for the team is an important thing when we build a brand”, Mr. M Srinivasan said. He shared how the strategic plan worked out for the brand building during the initial years of CSK and the successful year of winning IPL.
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath feels that he has "learned a lot" after being associated with the MRF Pace Foundation in the last two years after his initial hesitation to take over the role from Dennis Lillie. McGrath said that "skill and technique" can take a talented bowler till a certain level but it is the "attitude" that determines one's success at the highest level.
McGrath said that the high-performance center or an Academy player or a coach had a different perspective for preparing, planning, and executing. Further, McGrath said that "skill and technique" can take a talented bowler to a certain level but it is the "attitude" that determines one's success at the highest level.
Not only a practice routine discipline for the important process of success but also mental and physical strength is needed for the better performance of the athlete. After the game, “I’ve asked myself why I had a good game or why the game went bad today I’ve analyzed my performance and I think each player needs to do it for their better performance”. They must plan on identifying where to work for the improvement for success. High-performance Centers for each state can be developed so the young aspiring talent can be recognized in global sporting. NCA and MRF pace foundation and other sporting academies can improve and identify young talent for training sessions. NCA gives not only the training for a particular sport but also cross-sports training psychologically and physically and gives the right input that can develop a complete player.
Outcomes: As mentioned a good training session for the players by the recognized foundation also helps in providing recognition to the aspiring talents.
The panelists of the session shared about their Olympic participation how big this event was and also it was the first time how they felt prepared for the event. They shared the first time their Olympic events experience. They also spoke about how the training had improved them to a great event. They talked about the different scenarios in the Paralympic. How preparation and development happen for Olympic events and shared by paralympic.
Mr. Mariappan Thangavelu also suggested more training for the players for participating in the Olympic preparations as of now only a few weeks are left for the forthcoming event. He also advocated for financial help.
Outcomes: Financial funding for better performance. The rural para-athletes need more focus and training aids. It needs support from the government as well as from private organizations to promote the sport. Compared to the previous year's number of participants and number of winners have increased. if we focus more then it will be the best for the future years of Indian athletes who can win more laurels under global sporting events like the Olympics.
This session gave huge guidelines on how technology can assist sports performance and how it assists the sporting supporters who are availing the sports arena for watching the sport on the pitch and preparation time with technology. Technology judges’ performance very well. It enhances the performance of sportspersons using data-driven training practices, Mr. Ramki and Bharadwaj informed. Mr. Ramki added medical technology supports sports in terms of technology and it helps athletes to recover from injury through advanced treatment. Further, he added how to improve the modern sport with video, motion analysis technology, and post-match analysis data.
Narain Karthikeyan is a name that almost every car enthusiast or a person who loves automobiles is familiar with. He became the first Indian driver to race in Formula 1. Although Narain Karthikeyan has left Formula 1 racing, he is quite active on social media and is seen in various car races and online track day videos.
Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan, FMSCI Sporting Executive Balakrishna Jayasimha, former F2 driver and Founder of x1 racing League Armaan Ebrahim and Dakar Rallyist CS Santosh addressed the affordability problems in their early experiences.
Meanwhile, Saumil Majmudar, founder of Edusports, spoke about the need to expand the gambit of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. It was also told how the private partnerships are helping to promote sports to the public. Former Indian hockey team captain V. Baskaran, who led India to its last Olympic gold medal in hockey in the 1980s Moscow edition, highlighted the importance of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in the development of sports. He also expressed his ideas on how sports can be developed with the help of private partnerships. Mr. Ankur Kumar Jain, correspondent of FGS school expressed his idea about motivating a child from school to improve sporting knowledge through a good facility. Also giving opportunities to students based on his/her interest to take part in particular sports.
Outcome: Sports to be motivated from the grassroots level. Sports must be supported at all levels of sports people who achieve and even who do not achieve but have passion. Sports education is important for developing a better sports personality. (Coach education). Private and public organizations’ support is important for developing a sporting culture for young people.
In this session, the panel list of international athletes Anju Bobby George Olympian, Anjali Chopra MBA sports management, Alisha Abdullah Indian motorsports driver, and Mitali Raj former Indian cricket captain shared all the difficulties they faced as female sports person. They discussed the following questions.
Parents too did not feel comfortable when eyebrows got raised by society and relatives. Further, a female sportsperson may have difficulties in marriage life and post-marriage life.
To make clearer the benefits of sports it’s a big task in convincing parents /society about the security and safety of taking up sports as a career.
Outcome: Parents and the family have an enormous influence when it comes to shaping children’s passions and interests.
Sport is a great tool for instilling confidence, but it is imperative to underpin this in other areas of their lives and routines too.
This white paper is Compiled by -
Mst. Nitin Grade XI
Mst. Abdullah Grade IX
We have tried our best to express our feelings in our own words and without anyone’s assistance, please excuse our flaws if any as we are in the learning stage.
A big thank to our sports teacher Mr. Vivek Manoah D for motivating us to write the white paper.