Being a Sport

Juggling professional sporting commitments and academics,young sportspersons say the key is in studying whenever they can.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: June 11, 2013 3:19 am

Nineteen-year-old tennis player Arjun Kadhe is a member of the Davis Cup team from India and one of the youngest tennis players on the national and international circuits. With a packed schedule right up till March this year,he also cleared his Class XII boards with a first class. Ask Kadhe about juggling the two and he says,“Time management helps. Prioritisation is the most important element.” But his is not a one-of-its-kind story.

Table tennis player Divya Deshpande,rugby player Surabhi Date and Women Grand Master Soumya Swaminathan are all masters of the juggling field,managing to work around their academic requirements and excel in their respective sports.

Twenty-three-year-old Deshpande,who is pursuing her graduation at Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC),says there was a constant jousting of sorts in the second year of college with her gruelling schedule taking up most of her day. “But I have been playing since a very young age,” says Deshpande,who had taken a two-year hiatus from her studies after her board exams to concentrate more on the game. She admits that there is not much time left for studies and she doesn’t get to attend classes. “But whenever I am in town,I make it a point to meet my principal and professors. Luckily,they have always supported my endeavour,” she says,adding that they help her complete assignments and inform her about the exams and so on.

The mantra they say is to study whenever they can,even if it is not for a long time. For instance,Deshpande takes out half an hour a day whenever she can for studies. Khade,on the other hand,hits the books when he is touring and has free time on his hands.

Chalking out plans to pursue graduation in commerce,Kadhe is clear that sports is his career and requires a majority of his time. “Studies are important but this is where my career is heading. Yet,as compared to other students who don’t play sports,the marks that I score are good enough. Even though I had a two-year break in giving my board exams,I managed to get a first class,which is good if you are playing a game on a professional level,” adds Kadhe.

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