Jinnatunnesa Khatun, Saikot Chatterjee
Sports and games are display of bodily movements and fitness feats. Sports are somehow alike with performance art exhibiting spectacular performances. Sports are witnessed by millions of spectators who augment sport as a whole. In fact sports and spectators are like two sides of a coin or more clearly speaking sports and spectators are made for each other. Spectators derive enjoyment, delight and pleasure from sport and on the contrary athletes get motivation enthusiasm and inspiration through spectators. This is a bipolar process. In the world of sport spectators usually play a significant role. According to experts spectators may be either positive or negative to performance of an athlete. Several research studies have been conducted to assess or analyze the impact of spectators on sport performance of athlete but in the Indian context very few research studies have been conducted so far. Keeping in view this gap the scholar planned to conduct a research study to explore the impact of presence of spectators in individual performance of badminton players. The scholars randomly selected collegiate male badminton players and assessed their individual match performance through video recording and scores or points allocated by panel of experts on the basis of skills and techniques executed. Performance of the athletes or the players was recorded in presence and in absence of spectators. From data analysis it is revealed that the players exhibited better performance in presence of spectators.
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