How can we do better as a nation regarding our sports culture while not spending much money or resources at ground level?
Let me clear one thing first, resources and money are important at a certain stage but there are some basic things which can be implemented at all levels like all we need to do is put the sportsperson first. Not the politician, not the media, not the fans but the actual players of the sport. I have seen countless instances where international sportsmen have to cringe and scrape in front of a minor politician or a ministry official. And in every ceremony which involves sports, the sportsmen should get centre stage. An ex-Delhi captain should outrank a Cabinet minister. If a kid in the audience asks his dad about the person in front, and when he can reply it's a player, you're getting there. In schools, honour sportspersons in front of the entire school. In communities, point out and applaud that 70 year old man who was once a javelin champion. And make even that high school football star a hero among the community, not just the top ranker. America is a great sporting nation and does not even have a sports ministry. But go to small town America, and the local football star quarterback from thirty years ago is still a big man in the community. In the big cities, street basketball stars are still remembered. So let's ditch this money excuse and first really appreciate the people who have excelled, that's the only way our kids will think sport is important!