GUWAHATI, July 16 - Without infrastructure, it is not possible to develop sports at any level. Speaking as the apointed speaker at the Pulin Das Memorial Lecture on the first death anniversary of the noted sports organiser of the State, Sanjay Sharma, former international shuttler and well-known columnist opined that in order to develop sporting skill, one must get proper infrastructure. The memorial lecture was organised by the Assam Sports Journalists� Association at the India Club here today, where apart from Sharma, eminent journalist Premadhar Sharma, India Club member Nasim Ahmed and Pulin Das� son Kalyan Das and eminent journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap also spoke on the legendary sports organiser.
Sharma was highlighting professionalism at the grassroot level, need of sports in school curriculum and importance of infrastructure in developing sports. A commentator of Star Sports and a freelance journalist from Mumbai, Sharma revealed that in countries like China, USA, Denmark, England etc., every educational institution has sports infrastructure and it is mandatory for the students to go for sporting activities.
In India, badminton players are doing well as there are plenty of badminton academies at various places and good coaches are imparting training to the youngsters.
Citing the example of Pullela Gopi Chand, Sharma said, Gopi was given a free hand by the Indian Badminton Association as far as training of players is concerned. As a result, India has produced several world class shuttlers. He also mentioned that the coaches have to be trained properly so that they can train the youngsters in a proper way. Premadhar Sharma recollected his days with Pulin Das as a sports organiser and mentioned about the dedication of the leading sports organiser, who dedicated his entire life for the cause of games and sports. Ahmed, who was closely associated with Pulin Das as a member of the India Club, also touched on the jovial side while they played tennis, besides other incidents in the cricket field. Kalyan Das emphasised how disciplined and punctual Pulin Das was, which was why he could devote time in organising various activities.
The Assam Cricket Association also rememberd its former secretary Pulin Das on the occasion of his first death anniversary at a meeting held at the Barsapara stadium here today.
The Veteran Cricket Association of Assam also paid tributes to Pulin Das on the occasion of his first death anniversary.
Fellowship to Chandan Kalita: The Assam Sports Journalists� Association�s Pulin Das Memorial Fellowship has been awarded to Chandan Kalita of Dainik Asam. He will wirte on the subject, �Cricket In Assam, Furure and Challenge�.