There is immense sporting talent at the grassroots of a nation like India, and it often goes unnoticed due to several factors, key among them the financial. The next Sania Mirza, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anirban Lahiri or Vijender Singh could be practising the sport in an alley, but with no means to train and hone their skills and no attention to their abilities, their talent lies unnoticed.
It is therefore important for those already established within a specific sport to contribute to the growth of talent in the sport. In improving the talent pool for a sport, it is the sport that will eventually benefit.
Several countries - Russia prime among them – have programs where established tennis players who have trained under the strong state coaching system and found success donate a portion of their income towards these programmes so the youth who are part of them may benefit, with the cycle continuing.
Such programmes, run in India on a large scale, could help the country’s neglected sporting talent come to fruition. In the meanwhile, here are 7 athletes who are contirbuting to theiir own sport even from behind the scenes: