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Where does India stand now?

August 12, 2008

Author: Priya

Being one of the largest population in the world, why isn’t India a force at the Olympics ?

With the recent win of Abhinav Bindra at the Beiging Olympics, 2008, haven’t we all realized that India is more than just a One Game (cricket) Nation ?

The chronicles about our government being one of the best is, as I see it, limited to the textbooks. Todays youth are lacking an idol whom they can look up to. There is no recognition given to other sports what-so-ever.

Another argument is regarding money invested in sports. With cricket stars endrosing brands for crores of rupee, the athletes are not even provided with good sponsorship. Why aren’t more private organisations helping other sports too? There should be no fear of falling down as we have just started the journey of professional sportmanship in our country.

This Olympics should be considered as an eye-opener for each and every Indian. Let us not get carried away by the hair-styles and the dressing sense of crickers. How about getting along with the Indian football team? Or supporting our own Hockey team?  How many players of these teams can you even name?

Excerpts from Abhinav’s Blog :

I would like to reiterate that everyone who represents India at the Olympic Games has put in years of toil and sweat. I ask the Indian people to support our athletes more. It is fine to celebrate our achievements but it is just as important to keep up the backing when we are not on top of our game.
It is important for India to do better at Olympic sport as these are the true measure of a nation’s sporting depth. I wish more private initiatives come up with corporate support apart from the backing of the government. The joy that the nation feels at my win is humbling. I just wish that this is repeated more and more often.
With our depth of talent and expanse of people I firmly believe India can be a world-class sporting power. What we need are precise systems. I will try to do my bit at grooming the next generation. I would like to appeal to each Indian to also do their bit in prodding us out of sporting complacency.



13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2008 6:30 pm

    Well said Priya. It is said to see todays schools & colleges with hardly any playgrounds. I am lucky in this matter as I studied in schools that have very large playgrounds. Unless we encourage the children in schools to take up sports, we can’t ensure the dream of any Olympic medals.

    And also thanks for the inspiring excerpts from Abhinav’s blog 🙂

  2. August 12, 2008 9:13 pm

    i agree with you…the Indian govt the best? where which book,by whom?

  3. August 12, 2008 11:35 pm

    We need to groom the children from the very start. The government need to open new doors as in India people have a very narrow mindset. Its not difficult as it is done in many nations.

  4. August 13, 2008 1:09 am

    Did you know? The money for the rifles which the Indian Shooters buy mostly comes from their own pocket. This is just one glaring instance. All the money that is alloted to sports goes completely down the drain of corruption. We don’t even have sports villages in a country of 1 billion people. D.Y. Patil is the first world class sports facility that has been build in Navi Mumbai, but then it is high time that we see many more of these. Australia has sports scholarships. China follows regimentisation even in sports. US purchases runners from Ethiopia by giving them citizenship and a better life!

    We needn’t fall to the level of the latter two, but Australia’s model is definitely worth replicating! It is only there where children when asked about their ambition say “I want to be a swimmer” or “I want to become a gymnast” Sports is a profession there. In India parents would say “Sports is ok. But how will you earn your bread.” If we keep it restricted to purely a leisure activity then we don’t stand a chance of seeing India win many more golds in this life time.

  5. August 13, 2008 9:51 am

    That’s correct. There was a guy in my school who played football like a champion. The amount of control he had on the ball was amazing. But,

    1. He was always mocked for being bad at studies.
    2. He didn’t have enough competition. All the other players(students?) were much worser than him, and hence he was not able to rise above a certain caliber. And worse, there were no tournaments where he could test his skills with among the better ones.
    3. Board Exams. The whole class stops playing during these times. He was not able to continue his training and no one was bothered to groom his skills (Including the PT master)
    4. Absolutely no encouragement from his parents (It was more because he was not doing well in academics).
    4. All this happened in one of the better private schools in a major city in India.

    Its hard to spot talent. If a talented person is discouraged from persuing their passion, all I can say is that we, as a nation, don’t deserve any medals.

    Destination Infinity.

  6. August 13, 2008 4:25 pm

    @Destination Infinity,
    well said man, well said. its true. talent isn’t indentified and the talent that is (few) is hyped to such an extent that others feel small. the situation is sad.

  7. August 15, 2008 10:20 pm

    @ Sekhar : Yes, I too believe that each child should practice atleast one sport right from the age of 6 or 7. It should be given more importance and should be added in the curriculum. Only when we start preparing right from the young age, we can achieve big things later on.

    @ Vishesh : Never mind!

    @ Amit : Yeah, we should probably take other countries as an example and start preparing right from the start.

  8. August 15, 2008 10:22 pm

    @ The Illuminator and Destination Infinity : You’ve added more light to the post. I think every member of YU should read this!
    Thanks guys!

  9. August 17, 2008 1:52 pm

    We should groom our younger population. True.
    We should encourage other sports. True.
    We should stop being devotees of Cricket. True.
    The Govt. should look into other games with equality w.r.t cricket. True.
    People should recognise that people get demotivated if they are not recognised. True.

    But… but… but… are we converting the ‘should’s into reality? Only afer that can India win medals in Olympics, or win championships in football, hockey, etc.

    • krish permalink
      October 27, 2009 6:55 pm

      All these posts look good while we see it. Nothing will come into effect if each person of India is awakened.And we can’t blame it on anyone. It will definitely take time. It can’t happen just like that. The older generation of India still exists . They may be our elders and even some of us. They don’t have proper idea what role sports play in a student’s life. U might have one question in your mind that will our generation solve the problem? The answer is no as every person of our generation is also not aware.
      One day my friend told his parents that he is taking part in a singing competition. He was told “concentrate on ur studies, forget about all these unnecessary stuffs.” He was very disappointed. That’s the point of view of some parents. It’s not their fault though as they have had that mindset.
      The only thing we should do is encourage both the generation including ours and the next generation to these facts . These blogs are one of the mediums.
      Good work priya..

  10. August 6, 2010 3:26 pm

    yes of course i do agree with all of you that nurture for the talent should be provided from the very early stage so that they can stand in a line to compete with others well groomed.

  11. August 6, 2010 3:28 pm

    can i have some topics related to india our motherland……..

  12. August 6, 2010 3:28 pm

    can i have some topics related to india our motherland…….. to get variety in the theme

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