COVID-19, A Bane For Sports !!
Sport is a major contributor to economic and social development. Its role is well recognized by Governments, including in the Political Declaration of the 2030 Agenda, which reflects on “the contribution sports make to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities, as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”
Since its onset, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost all countries of the world. Social and physical distancing measures, lockdowns of businesses, schools and overall social life, which have become commonplace to curtail the spread of the disease, have also disrupted many regular aspects of life, including sport and physical activity. This policy brief highlights the challenges COVID-19 has posed to both the sporting world and to physical activity and well-being, including for marginalized or vulnerable groups. It further provides recommendations for Governments and other stakeholders, as well as for the UN system, to support the safe reopening of sporting events, as well as to support physical activity during the pandemic and beyond.
To safeguard the health of athletes and others involved, most major sporting events at international, regional and national levels have been cancelled or postponed – from marathons to football tournaments, athletics championships to basketball games, handball to ice hockey, rugby, cricket, sailing, skiing, weightlifting to wrestling and more. The Olympics and Paralympics, for the first time in the history of the modern games, have been postponed, and will be held in 2021.
The global value of the sports industry is estimated at US$756 billion annually. In the face of COVID-19, many millions of jobs are therefore at risk globally, not only for sports professionals but also for sports coaches.
Is Sports Coaching In Trouble?
Talking about coaching now, the interesting thing is- a coach has to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled.
With trouble being the catch word here, sports coaching in India is surely going through the most troubled times now.
Lives of innumerable coaches have been ruined and most of them have gone again to their hometowns or villages, as they haven’t acquired salaries since March.
A lot of personal coaches have changed their jobs already as there was a complete shutdown of all types of sports activities.
Issues are just about identical for the coaches who have been working full-time with colleges. Many colleges have totally stopped the funds for their coaches, and they may not also want them anytime soon.
There are thousands of mid-level coaches and members of sports activities employees throughout the nation, which form the backbone of the sports ecosystem in our country. They’re physios, trainers and dietitians and COVID-19 has upended their lives as their earnings have completely stopped.
World Famous Astro-Strategist, Hirav Shah being a State and Qualified National Level Player in Volleyball and National Player in Chess, understands their position even more and therefore he has developed various tools to aid the struggling sports coaches to bring in stability in their life by helping them accomplish their desired results.
Adapt But Where Is The Money?
COVID-19 has forced people to adapt to new methods and technology. For teachers, teaching academics online is easier, however sports coaches are not pinning much hopes on online coaching. Online sports coaching amongst the present state of affairs is just okay, but it can never be a long term solution. But nothing can replace real-time coaching when it comes to tactical and technical understanding. The other aspect is that there is hardly any money via online sports coaching.
For a monetary stable future, it is wise for the Indian Sports Coaches to consult a sports astrologer to find the order hidden behind or within the confusing and apparent chaos that exists in the world.