While America’s famous professional league National Basketball Association (NBA) made a debut in India, PM Modi is hoping that more youngsters will pursue this game. The basketball league made its eagerly awaited entry in India on Friday with Indiana Pacers edging past Sacramento Kings 132-131 in a thrilling contest in Mumbai.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a conversation with a leading daily stated- “These games are generating a lot of marketing interest and social media activity around it. Even in the last few days, I have had a few interesting conversations with developers about arena infrastructure. It is inevitable that the arenas will be built in major cities in India.
On Saturday, PM hailed the first-ever NBA match in India as a historic moment for India-US relations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter that it will help build India-USA ties. He wrote, “Basketball is very popular among our youth. The @NBA matches set the stage, or rather set the court for greater linkages in sports. I hope more youngsters pursue basketball and also contribute to the Fit India Movement.” Union minister Kiren Rijiju called it a “beginning of a sports movement in India”. Students who watched it live claimed that it was exhilarating to see the players and everything that is there in an NBA game.
The Bollywood Brigade was led by Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Shibani Dandekar, and Farhan Akhtar. Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi were also spotted at the Saturday event. The players who came to India to play also confessed that it was rewarding to see the crowd and to come and play in the part of the world where they have never been to. The motivating shout out was amazing. This is the reason why they play NBA for. They said it was memorable for them to get the love from the crowd and that it is a game that many won’t forget in a while.
McMillan, one of the players stated that the crowd made it a knockout match. The deafening cheers from the crowd on both the days were thrilling and it made the match turn out to be more interesting. It was all about taking in and enjoying every bit of the good basketball that was on show on the court, even for the children. It was an honor for the team as every basket was cheered, irrespective of the side that had scored it.
On Friday, after the first game, Sacramento Kings’ coach Luke Walton expressed his gratitude by saying it was an awesome event to be a part of and with so many kids shouting, he felt it was quite incredible, something which is rare to see too often. Taking cues from this event, sports are an important aspect of one’s life. We cannot deny the fact that sports play a vital role in our physical development. Despite all the physical development, participating in a sport also works wonders for your brain and overall personality.
Here are a few advantages of inculcating a sports hour in your routine:
- Results in better blood circulation
- Improved physical stamina
- Helps with instant decision making
- Develops social skills as you interact with teammates
- Team building
- Increases mental concentration
You can opt for any of the outdoor sports such as football, cricket, volleyball, hockey,running and more.
Just the way education is necessary to earn some name, fame, money and for a secured future and career. In the same way, for a sound mind and body, everyone should be involved in some type of physical activity for which sports are definitely one of the best ways.