Since the news of Abhinav Bindra winning a Gold Medal at Beijing Olympics has arrived, every news media – from TV to news papers to blogs have been in utter jubilation .
Taking nothing away from Abhinav Bindra, he has achieved something that no other Indian can boast of – an individual Gold Medal at Olympics – but as a nation of 1.2 billion people should be so very happy for winning 1 Gold Medal ?
In last Olympics when we won a Silver, everyone concluded that it was a successful Olympic campaign ! give me a break. Are we satisfied with so little?
Just to put things in perspective – Countries with a fraction of a size of India and much poorer (Kenya, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia etc. etc..) manage to win many medals in every outing of Olympics and we are happy winning one medal – Infact, it is a reason for country’s jubilation !
And the worst part is we are not improving. I had thought, with India’s growth in recent times, sports would see some kind of resurrection, but its not to be. We could not even qualify for our own national sports – Hockey – this time (first time in 80 years).
And who is to be blamed for all this ? Our corrupt Administrators and cricket ! yes, cricket.
I will never believe that India cannot produce World class sportspersons. It is our system and administrators who want to fill their pockets putting national pride at stake. And in this cricket crazy nation, people feel degraded associating themselves to other sports. One would feel that with so much money and support of billion people pouring into cricket, we would be number 1 – but no, we have not managed to won the cricket world cup for more than
35 25 years.
That shows where sports stands in our country !
Would love to hear reader’s opinion on this.