Do Indian parents encourage their children to become professional sportspersons?Indian parents are very much concerned about their children. They give their time and spend their resources (often limited) for the welfare of their children. They want their children to become doctors, engineers, architects, civil servants, professors. If the children could not fulfil their wish, they want their children to at least become clerks or teachers. The typical Indian parents are very much worried about the career of their children.
But I am astonished that very few Indian parents want their children to become professional sportsperson. Even if the children have natural affinity towards sports and games, the parents are extremely reluctant to allow their children to become professional sportsperson. I have heard that Vishwanathan Anand became a Super Grand Master because of his mother Sushila Viswanathan. Saurav Ganguly could become a famous cricketer because of his father Chandidas Ganguly. Saina Nehwal could become a badminton great because of her father Harvir Singh Nehwal. But such instances are very few and far between.
When we lament that India doesn't win medals in Olympic games, we never think that we don't encourage or allow our children to become professional sportsperson, even if they desperately want to choose sports as career.