After India bagged seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics, more people have started showing interest in the city in sports, said trainers, adding that sports academies were receiving enquiries on athletics, especially javelin.
“There still are concerns about social distancing and masks, but we are glad to see the increase in the number of children after Olympics,” he added.
Other coaches said many were motivated to join following the success of Indian sports persons, and more children have evinced interest, as it is the best option to stay fit and healthy during the pandemic.
“The number of students joining the academy has gone up by 10 per cent. We didn’t expect to have so many students coming forward, especially in athletics, just a week after Olympics. Many are motivated to achieve in the international arena,” said Chandra Bose, an athlete coach in Pallavaram.
Meanwhile, coaches in rural areas said they were concerned that not many are interested in sports like weightlifting.
“Even though India won a silver medal in weightlifting, we still don’t witness people showing up to get trained for weightlifting. Students are more interested in athletics, javelin, boxing and silambam. But we are still happy to see that they are joining in some sports after the Olympics,” said Muthukumar, a weightlifting coach in Pudukkottai.