"Sports Person Needs to Be Physically Fit, Energetic and Enthusiastic" - Ganesh

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am a student pursuing Post graduation in MBA. After completing my 8th standard I had a passion towards athletics. It was a journey of 3 years.

During the age of 15 I participated in district level athletic meet and I bagged a prize. But when I stepped into 12th standard my parents were not allowed me to go for further athletic competition and they want me to do concentrate only on studies. Then after a year I joined my UG College where there is no recognition for sports, but we made it different.

We formed a group but this time it’s not athletics, it’s a football and this is a stage of kick-start to my career and now I’m a part of Madurai football club.


2. How did you decide to make your passion your career? Was your family supportive?

I did not find it over thinking about this passion and make it sort of a career. I progress things as I see it fit beginning with my childhood days.

During my childhood days, my parents were not that much supportive and they worried about me but as days passes they started to trust me, supported me and motivated me which made me to be successful in career.


3. Who is your favorite player and what have you learnt from him?

My all-time favorite player is Usain St Leo Bolt. A good example is the Olympic 100 m final in Rio de Janeiro where he starts near the back but he keeps running, he concentrates, and he does not panic.

So the lesson I learnt was simple, whatever everyone is doing with their careers and lives is completely irrelevant, as long as you can have fun and still manage to be one of the first to cross the finish line.


4. What is the level of commitment and time required to make a sport a career?

To be a Sports person one needs to be physically fit, energetic and enthusiastic. Besides possessing ability patience, perseverance and a sporting spirit are the things, which give confidence to fight back under any circumstances.

Once a person decides to take up playing a particular sport as a profession, then the training for it takes precedence over everything else.


5. How can we encourage more youngsters to take up sports as a full time profession?

First and foremost thing is that creating awareness, many are thinking that sports are just an entertainment but this is more than that. Right information regarding sports has to reach them through social media or any other platforms. Sports Provides various career options like Sports analyst, sports lawyer, sports manager, sports journalism, sports commentator, sports writer, sports marketing and so on.

This information has to reach to the people so that they will get a clear idea regarding sports as a full time profession.


6. Which is your favorite book and why?

My Favorite book is faster than Lightning: My autobiography by Matt Allen and Usain Bolt. In this book bolt told how he wins races and smashing records one by one. The untold truth of his life and his journey from teenage sensation to international superstar was very well described in this book. As a sportsman and as a fan boy this book is really good to read.
The autobiography of the fastest man of all time and a superstar whose talent and charisma have made him one of the most famous people on the planet. Whether you know athletics or not, and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt.

The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma - uniting supporters around the world.

In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012.

Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain's millions of fans will love.

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