India at Olympics
1 Billion people,1 silver medal – is’nt it sounds Disgraceful for we Indians and for our country…???India has the world’s second-largest population (almost 1/6th of the global population) and it is ninth largest economy. It is the biggest democracy in existence. But, why does India, despite a population of over one billion People , lack behind in the race of Olympic Glory? India has managed to put a man in space, led many scientific discoveries , forced the world to acknowledge India’s stride in the field of defence and science & technology. Indian cricket team is considered to be one of the World’s best team , then why are we not able to bring the same dedication and integrity to sports in general and the Olympic Games in particular? In fact, and ironically, being the second most populous and most democratic country in the world hinders our attempts to harvest a rich haul of medals at the Olympics.
“Why does India at olympics won so few medals” — Every self-respecting Indian knows that India’s strike rate at the Olympics has been less than encouraging. India has won just 0.16% of the 12,796 medals awarded in the last 116 years. Disappointing it might sound but the fact is if you rank countries by the total number of Olympic medals they’ve ever won, India ranks 55th in the world, even though India has participated in twice as many Olympic games as either country. Other developing countries besides India have managed to do quite well at the Olympics. China , which every Indian knows won the most gold medals at the 2008 Beijing games.Though China also has a skyrocketing population , which is very much close to INDIA ,then why the hell can’t we get 17 gold’s like China?
Now to explain Olympic medal deficiency, there are multiple reasons that could be taken under consideration. Some of them are as follows:
- Sports was never taken as a priority for a majority of Indians.
- Sports is treated as hobby and not as a career in our country, hence very small percentage of the population is willing to devote their life to athletics. No sports apart from Cricket is taken seriously and passionately in our country.
- Corruption – India has many talented persons but few come in picture because of lack of encouragement. We as a nation are corrupt to the core , Corruption in sports ensures that affluent candidates score over talented candidates and that’s what refuses to recognize dedicated and talented sportsmen from smaller cities.
- Politics – There is huge influence of politics in sports too, due to which our true sportsmen are missing. Politician plan well not to promote good talented, but their own kins. Also, sports management and conduction has merely became a another way of filling pocket in quick time.
- Government – Government doesn’t give fair amount of money for those who play for India. Unlike other countries, No scholarships are provided to sportsperson to excel their talent. No coaches, proper training and facilities are provided which could help the sportsman to improve their talent and skills.
- However India has an enormous population, but its “effectively participating population” in athletics is much smaller because people simply are not sufficiently aware of the Olympics or the sports involved in it.
- Indian families hardly ever encourage to play any sports and dont allow to choose it
as a career option , if it is not cricket. Mostly Indian parents desires for their child to be a doctor, engineers. Our success as an academically-oriented people proves that we are excellent at pursuing something that pays well , so does India’s obsession with cricket.
In the end I would like to conclude that ,Our country doesn’t lack in talent at all , all our youth need today is encouragement and motivation. If the Government concentrate on the struggling athletes and help them with providing proper training to nurture their talents and also with financial supports, infrastructure and facilities then INDIA will certainly add more medals to its tally in the future. Moreover it is high time for us to change our views and turn our attention to other sports rather than cricket and start applauding other games too!
“The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”