Submitted by Subeditor on Mon, 2015-12-07 20:59 Manipal: The three-day “Sportsman 2015”, a workshop on sports science got under way here on Monday with Prof Shyam Sundar, Regional Director, Sports Authority of India, Bangalore emphasizing the importance of the science and how it makes all the difference between winning and losing. Speaking on the occassion Prof. Shyam sundar said, “Generally, there is hardly any difference between the one who comes first and second. That difference lies in the realms of sports science and sports psychology,” “The way coaches handle sportspersons, the way they make use of sports science is important. Everybody trains hard and to the expected level. So where is the difference between those who finish first and second?” he asked while addressing the participants. “Performance on a particular day can make a lot of difference. He recalled that when Abhinav Bindra won India’s first gold medal in an individual sport at the 2008 Olympics, a journalist asked him how did he win the medal? Bindra’s simple reply was, 'It was my day'. The stage, the situation and everything else is the same for all the competitors, but what matters is how strong you are mentally on that day. What goes behind making a sportsperson of national or international level is what one needs to understand. It is sports science and sports psychology,” he added. Speaking at the function, Dr H.S.Ballal, Pro Chancellor Manipal University, Manipal promised to raise the level of the workshop next year. Speaking about the workshop he said, “last year it was confined to participants from the two districts of Udupi and South Kanara and this year we have people from Karnataka and Kerala participating. The next year, we will have this at the national level,” he announced. Later, Dr Poornima Baliga, Dean Kasturba Medical College, Manipal said that sports science teaches how a human body works during exercise and how we can take maximize benefit with minimize injuries. It is a very interesting area and has a lot of career options too. It has opened the doors for a lot of jobs for future sports science candidates. The research scholars, students and faculties from different parts of the state and others were present. The workshop was organized by the Sports Council of Manipal University, Manipal in association with Sports Authority of India.