Going beyond sports and into the sport!

Badminton is the new cricket.

In our country, like most countries, there is a favourite sport. One that is played and enjoyed across regions, economic statuses, genders and mostly, on its streets.

“Cricket” has enjoyed this status in our country for eons. And we have also gained international recognition through our achievements in cricket alone.

However, the one other sport that is now closer in its popularity and recognition on national and international platforms is “Badminton”.

India has created its own niche in the national and international circuit in present times with its quality of play, players and the sport it itself. The wikipedia link below shares the status of badminton in our country and the players who have put us on the international map.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton_in_India

Through the journey of Aparna Popat, who is a former Indian badminton player, has represented India in multiple international sporting events like 2000 & 2004 Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and winner of 9 consecutive national badminton championships, the conversation moves from playing the sport to beyond the sport.

Start low aim high 

For pro sports kids, this empowering conversation might help to achieve their goals with people like Aparna Popat who have risen from the times when the sport was not only low in its popularity but also very basic in terms of the facility provided for it.

The one thing to always begin with is respect for the sport, your seniors and coaches. The kind that never dies even if you are on the same level as them in terms of your achievements.

Everything can be achieved through hardworking and patience even things as simple as observing your coaches and holding your racket correctly can make a big difference to the way you play it. Slowly building your up towards your goal is as good or perhaps even better than directly aiming for the top.

Aparna Popat has worked throughout her life trained 7 days a week for 5-6 hours a day to come to where she stands now.

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

never give up, never give in, never quit.

It does not matter when or where or how you start, what matters is that, you start. Actually having the courage to go face someone on the other end of the court, that is the beginning to which there can be no end. The possibilities to reach beyond limitations.

Peek into GO beyond sports!

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MAGIKA ASTERIA SPORTSER LLP

CONVERSATIONS and more…with Sonalli Guptaa.

At Beyond Sports, we have inspiring conversations with people from various sports and walks of life. It shares their journey of achievements through limitations, mental and emotional growth, and the importance of sports in their life and wellbeing. Sport is a great leveller and community builder and we highlight this through our conversations of empowerment through sports!

what is beyond sports?

From fun and games…to sports!

Sports is one of the few activities we all grow up with. Early on we call it fun, we call it games or play. The importance of which is highlighted by every mental, physical or social expert. And most of all, it is not lost upon adults who know what sports can help a child with. Sports play a very pivotal role in our early lives. It is used to not only help children learn to grow and develop their motor skills, but also their mental wellbeing. Through the games, children learn their social interactions. They learn to go beyond their comfort zone and to also challenge their own limitations.

Once the early learning has moved on, more skill based games begin to replace them. And that is when we begin to identify and classify them into different ‘sports’.

It then continues into adolescence and adulthood, bringing along with it, the fundamentals of discipline, focus and routine. The commitment to oneself and to the sport itself. Through all its aspects physical, mental, emotional and also spiritual.

Why sports?

We are well aware of all kinds of sports, indoors, outdoors, skill based, strength based, agility, mental games and so many more. As we evolve, so do our sports, based on our needs as people and society. More and more adaptive sports are also introduced to grow along with the change.

So, then why sports? and why so much research, technology, time and resources spent on it?

Because it challenges us, it allows us to go beyond our own limitations of mind and body. It puts us humans into evolutionary mode with the kind of challenges we overcome. Most of which are unfathomable until someone breaks through and goes beyond!

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.
-Billy Jean King

Hence, at beyond sports…the endeavour is to empower through sports. To highlight the importance of it. The stories of people and their lives involving sports. The impact of sports on us, as individuals and most of all as a community.

Sports knows no gender, no caste nor creed, no religion, language or geographic boundaries…it only knows its game and play. The human endurance and the indomitable spirit to make it a SPORT!

BADMINTON is the new CRICKET!

In our country, like most countries, there is a favourite sport. One that is played and enjoyed across regions, economic statuses, genders and mostly, on its streets.

“Cricket” has enjoyed this status in our country for eons. And we have also gained international recognition through our achievements in cricket alone.

However, the one other sport that is now closer in its popularity and recognition on national and international platforms is “Badminton”.

India has created its own niche in the national and international circuit in present times with its quality of play, players and the sport it itself. The wikipedia link below shares the status of badminton in our country and the players who have put us on the international map.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton_in_India

Ace Indian Shuttler: Aparna Popat

Through the journey of Aparna Popat, who is a former Indian badminton player, has represented India in multiple international sporting events like 2000 & 2004 Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games and winner of 9 consecutive national badminton championships, the conversation moves from playing the sport to beyond the sport.

Start Low Aim High 

For pro sports kids, this empowering conversation might help to achieve their goals with people like Aparna Popat who have risen from the times when the sport was not only low in its popularity but also very basic in terms of the facilities provided for it.

The one thing to always begin with is respect for the sport, your seniors and coaches. The kind that never dies even if you are on the same level as them in terms of your achievements.

Going beyond sports and into the sport!

Everything can be achieved through hardworking and patience even things as simple as observing your coaches and holding your racket correctly can make a big difference to the way you play it. Slowly building your way up towards your goal is as good or perhaps even better than directly aiming for the top.

Aparna Popat has worked on her game throughout her life, beginning as a kid. Trained 7 days a week for 5-6 hours a day, given up on things most kids her age did, to come to where she stands now. All because she had a passion for sports beyond social interactions.

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

Billie Jean King

(never give up, never give in, never quit)

It does not matter when or where or how you start, what matters is that, you start. Actually having the courage to go face someone on the other end of the court, that is the beginning to which there can be no end. The possibilities to reach beyond limitations.