India has to change policies for athletes to perform better: Aamir

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Aamir…Why ignore sports in school? It helped in my career.

Aamir Khan praised the Indian athletes for their performance at the Rio Olympics, and said the country has to change its policies if it wants to win more medals at global platforms.

Athletes like P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik have received accolades for performances but the performances of some athletes have drawn a lot of criticism.

Aamir, who is set to act in the biopic of  Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Phogat on the big screen in Dangal, feels Indian athletes gave their best and the people need to start taking sports seriously.

“I don’t blame the athletes at all. They are giving their best. If we want to see Olympic medals and world-class athletes then we have to change the way each one of us thinks about sports. In schools, sports is not a part of the curriculum. My parents never asked how I did in PT. They asked me how I did in my subject,” said Aamir.

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“So, as a child you are telling me that this (sports) is not important. All that I learnt in school, history geography, algebra nothing has come to use in my life. But what I learnt in sports has been useful in my acting career,” the 51-year-old actor said.

Aamir further said that as a child, he was inclined towards sports more than academics and it plays a huge role in building a successful career.

“Sports teaches you hard work, team spirit builds your concentration, you learn how to take a defeat. Whatever I am today, sports has had a huge contribution. My focus, the way I have applied that. The passion I bring to my work all that has come from sports. So, I think as a nation we have to think differently about sports,” Aamir added.

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The actor said the reason behind doing Dangal was not to promote sports but it was the film’s script which got him on board.

“I loved the script. When Nitesh Tiwari (the film’s director) narrated me, I laughed, I cried. I just loved it. That’s the only reason I do films. I don’t do films because I want to promote a particular social issue or want to help sports. No, because I have a responsibility towards my audience and that comes first for me,” he said. – CINEWS

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