CBSE’s initiative to promote sports brings honour for India

Report by: 
Port Blair
10 May 2018

The special initiative of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to promote sports in school curriculum has earned laurels for students in different national and international events this year. Marking a departure from the set practice of following the fixed exam schedule this year, the Board granted permission to two class XII students and four class X students for appearing in Board Exams on later dates to enable them represent the country at various sports events while other class X and XII students were busy writing board exams according to the preset date sheet.
Amolika Singh of class XII from Awadh School, Lucknow represented India at the junior Dutch Open International tournament and Yonex German open tournament in badminton, while Manav Thakkar of class XII Mayur School, Ajmer represented India at the Asia Cup Ypkohoma Japan and Road to Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Qualifications, Tunisia in the Table Tennis Tournaments. Four students of class X, Master Anish Bhanwala, K. Venkatadri, Sehajpreet and Rekha also represented India at various international sports events and were given later dates for Board Exams on the recommendations of the Sports Authority Of India.
Master Anish Bhanwala of St. Theresa’s Convent Karnal, bagged Gold Medal in the Rapid Fire Pistol in men’s 25 meter category at the Commonwealth Games held at Australia while K. Venkatadri of St. John’s High School, Vijayawada bagged 3 silver medals at the South Asian Archery Championship at Dhaka. Similarly, Sehajpreet of Ryan International School, Patiala brought home the Gold Medal after winning International Tournament at Dhaka as a member of women’s recurve team and Rekha of Rajkiya Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya, Dallupura, Delhi brought laurels to the nation after winning the wheel chair basketball championship at the Para Asian Games held at Bangkok and is training for world championship now.
Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar also appreciated the Board’s initiative to encourage Sports and Physical activities. “I have been advocating integration of sports in school curriculums to promote health and fitness from a young age,” said Tendulkar in a letter to Chairperson CBSE. The Board recently launched guidelines and manual for mainstreaming Health and Physical Education available at All affiliated schools will dedicate one period per day for students of classes IX-XII under Health and Physical Education programme.