MY VIEWS ON INDIA’S PERFORMANCE IN RIO OLYMPICS
India may not have fared as well as it did in the 2012 London Olympics,but there were many stand-out athletes who impressed with their performances.But the Rio Olympics made it abundantly clear-not to just ignorant officials-but also to the people of India,that more infrastructure and investment is necessary for Indian sports persons. In terms of medal tally,India finished their Olympic campaign on the 67th position.Defying all odds,shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik became the unlikely heroines and saved India from returning empty-handed for the first time since the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.
While many may believe that the Indian contingent failed to leave an impact in the Olympic this time,the athletes deserve appreciation. They already are receiving gratitude through honors with PV Sindhu,Sakshi Malik,Dipa Karmarkar and Jitu Rai getting elected for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award this year.
In the face of the genetic and cultural diversity to be found in India,this is an absurd preposition.Since India first participated in the world’s premier sporting vent in 1900,it has won a total of 26 medals-less than the US and China who win more than this in a single Olympic.This makes intuitive sense more.More economic muscle means more money spent on infrastructure,personnel and supporting organisations.A wealthy country with high standards of living is more likely to have sports as a part of schooling.it’s unlikely that there is any one cause for India’s failure at the Olympics.Secondary factors like poor administration probably have some role to play.Unfortunately these structural factors mean that India’s performance at the Rio Olympics is unlikely to stray significantly from the norm.
But here’s a thought.If PM truly wants India to achieve sporting glory,perhaps the best thing he can do is to start the process of loosening the government’s grip.The living example is the Indian Cricket team that has a number of private bodies to support for it’s existence and helps it make it’s space in the competition worldwide.