Sachin stresses on the history of sport

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said it is extremely important for youngsters of the country to know the history of Indian sport and also be aware of Indian sporting icons, both past and present.

By A staff reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 30.01.17
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Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Devendra Jhajharia and Abhinav Bindra on Sunday.
A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said it is extremely important for youngsters of the country to know the history of Indian sport and also be aware of Indian sporting icons, both past and present.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Fanattic Sports Museum at the Harshavardhan Neotia-owned Ecospace Business Park, the former India captain said it is nice to have a museum which shelters all disciplines and not just cricket.

"I have been to couple of museums, (Sir Donald) Bradman Museum in Australia, and MCC at Lord's. But both are cricket museums," Sachin told a packed audience.

"This has got so many different things... You've got tennis, Usain Bolt is there and Roger Federer. Being here makes one's experience complete. I would like as many youngsters to go there and understand the history of sport. Mainly Indian sport, because I think it is extremely important to know about our sporting heroes.

"We have had so many world-class sportsmen. Some of them are not alive but have brought laurels to our nation in the form of medals. We cannot forget them. They are not alive and in front of us. But they should be in our minds. And this will help to keep them in our minds and get motivated and inspired," Sachin said.

Besides Sachin, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, India's only Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, 2016 Rio Paralympics silver medal winner in shot put Deepa Malik and two-time paralympics gold medal winner javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia were also present. So were Neotia and Sanjiv Geonka.

Sourav lauded the initiative and said he was pleasantly surprised to see such a museum. "These sort of initiatives are something we should be proud of. Every young cricketer should come here," Sourav said.

Bindra said it was a great experience for him. "I had seen the Olympic museum in Lausanne, but this is a different feeling," he said.

The museum entry fees have been kept at Rs 100, with the price halved for students. It is free for national and state level sportspersons.