New Delhi: He was low on confidence after the Commonwealth Games snub earlier this year but a telephonic chat with the iconic Sachin Tendulkar motivated Sardar Singh to work hard towards regaining his place in the national team.Sardar, 32, walked into the sunset on Wednesday after a glorious 12-year career following a disastrous Asian Games campaign, where India failed to defend its title and returned home with a consolation bonze.Left out of India’s squad for this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Sardar sought advise from Tendulkar and the legend’s tips worked wonders for the former hockey captain as he made a successful comeback into the side for the Champions Trophy, where he helped India win a historic silver.Also Read | Massive fire engulfs Hotel Pamposh in Srinagar; blaze-fighting operation underway“Sachin paaji has been an inspiration for me. He helped me a lot in the last 3-4 months, which were tough,” Sardar told reporters during his first interaction here with reporters post retirement. “There has never been an occasion when he didn’t answer my call. After I was dropped from CWG squad, I was very low and called Sachin paaji and asked him what he used to do when he scored 0.“He counselled me for close to 20 minutes and advised me to forget about criticisms and stay motivated and focussed. He told me to analyse my old videos, play my natural hockey and it helped me in bouncing back,” he added.Sardar was a livewire in the midfield during his 12-year stellar career during which he led India to Asian Games gold in Incheon (2014) besides two bronze medals in 2010 and 2018. He won two Commonwealth Games silver, a historic silver in the Champions Trophy (2018 Breda), two Asia Cup titles and numerous other trophies.Read More | Policy makers must focus on nature of future jobs, says Minister PradhanBut not having won an Olympic and a World Cup medal besides International Hockey Federation (FIH) Player of the Year award still remains a regret for the talismanic midfielder.“I always wanted to win the FIH ‘Player of the Year’ award once but it will remain a dream. I also wanted to win an Olympic and World Cup medal. These will remain as my biggest regrets,” Sardar said.Many feel that Sardar was made a scapegoat for India’s disastrous campaign and was forced to retire but he reiterated that it was his personal decision as mentally he was done with the game.“Initially, I had planned to play till 2020 Olympics but after failing to win the Asiad gold, the entire plan changed. I faced a lot of hardships in life but day-by-day it was becoming difficult for me to think over my game. Every night thinking about next day’s training, about passes not going well started taking a toll on me mentally,” he said.Read More | I still have the feeling people don’t know me: Taapsee Pannu“In these last 12 years, I have managed a lot of stress but not anymore. It was a hard and difficult decision. I will miss hockey, I will miss those training sessions and the dressing room environment. But every beautiful thing has to end somewhere.”Sardar, however, feels that at least core players should be given guarantee of their places without putting pressure after a bad outing.“Yes, I do feel there is plenty of pressure on a player. At least 10-11 players should be sure of their places in the team because pressure plays a lot on your mind if you are in uncertainty,” he said.The former captain said he has left Indian hockey in good shape and the team now needs to do minor corrections and adjustments to be medal contenders in big events.“When we started, India was around 13 or 14th ranked in the world. We have made giant strides from there in the past 4-5 years. We have started playing semi-finals. But we need to know how to win big games and kill time in the final stages when we are leading,” Sardar said.Sardar said post retirement he will continue to play in European leagues and will try to tie up with best foreign clubs and bring in good coaches for Indian youngsters. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Though Undergraduate Student Government can seem insular, student leaders utilize the methods at their disposal to create campus change.One powerful method is the resolution.“Resolutions basically gauge student interest,” said Samantha Cheng, a USG residential senator. “They’re not really binding but they’re a way for us to show administrators that yes, this is something students want.” Issues from the student body often arise during various committee meetings, which always have at least one attending senator with the authority to spearhead a resolution effort if it materializes.“It can be brought up by regular students,” Cheng said. “If they have an issue, they can come to us. The resolutions do have to be sponsored by a senator who normally helps in drafting it.” Senators and members of the particular advocacy committee then do preliminary research. “They ask, ‘Has it been done before?’” Cheng said. “Has it been approached by USC students in the past? How is it at other schools? If you do the research behind it to back it up, it’s effective.” Cheng explained that the keystone of a resolution is evidence from polls surveying students on a particular issue after doing the research behind it. “We go to the entire student body; we promote it on Facebook and through our website so students can take the surveys and we see how relevant it is to them,” Cheng said. “If they say, ‘Yes, this is something I want to do,’ then we start to come up with the resolution.” The extension of the drop deadline, for example, was one of two resolutions passed last semester; student support played a crucial role in the effort’s success.“A resolution basically says we have gone to USC students, we have the statistics, we have the poll which is supposed to be representative of the selected body,” said Aaron Rifkind, USG senior adviser and current residential senatorial candidate. “It’s saying, ‘We have data in support of this idea.’” From there, USG officers speak with administrators before drafting the resolution.“Senators don’t pass resolutions if they know they’re not going to be successful,” Rifkind said. “The ones we do pass usually have sway. They carry weight, and to keep it that way we don’t want to start doing silly things the administration doesn’t care about or we know they won’t pass.” The resolution itself then includes the history of the issue on campus and at other schools of similar size, what change students want, and evidence of why it should be changed. Senators often take advantage of insight from administrators to guide them on policy.“Most of the time you can try speaking to undergraduate advisers or ask people on campus affairs, they’re really attentive to what you have to say, and they’ll give their opinions,” Cheng said. A completed resolution is then presented to a 12-member senate one week and voted on in the next. There are three Greek, three commuter and six residential senators. Cheng said the success of a resolution ultimately depends on which facet of campus affairs it addresses. “With the drop deadline, for example, it was ultimately up to the administration because it was an administrative issue, so when the resolution passed they were the ones who said, ‘Yes, we’ll implement this,’” she said. “With issues on things like SCampus, though, you can run into legal issues.” Changing parts of the SCampus, for example, requires going through a legal process in addition to the administrative motions of passing a resolution, as SCampus serves as a contract. In addition to the extension of the drop deadline, the ongoing renovations of Leavey Library stemmed from a USG resolution that articulated student interest. “I think USG members are the best ones to make those kinds of changes,” said Sean Thomas, a freshman majoring in biology. “They should have a say in what goes on in the libraries and on campus in general because they know from a student perspective what people like.” One misconception Rifkind has observed about USG is that students believe it to be more exclusive than it actually is, since resolutions and other work confined within the walls of TCC 205. “What most students don’t know is that anyone can come to hear the presentations made for resolutions,” Rifkind said. “Committees have to present once a month to senate and I don’t know if students are aware that this happens, or that it’s a venue they could use if they wanted to get something changed.” One student proposed that USG do more outreach and promotion of what the organization really gets done. “A town hall-type meeting would be a good idea, or some digital form of it, and then making an effort to talking to student groups on campus more and actually going up to them instead of waiting for them to make a complaint,” said Tyler Matheson, a freshman studying business administration. Ultimately, the senators and the resolutions they create to improve the school are meant to be representative of the needs of the student body. “The senators are here to represent the students on campus,” Rifkind said. “The only elected positions on USG are senators, the president and vice president, so the senators do their best to voice the student support.”