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August 16, 2008

All of us know that Abhinav Bindra got India its first individual gold at the Beijing Olympics some days back. The news channels made sure of that. That is great news because even though we keep cribbing that out of a million people, we get only one medal but the good news is that we’re improving everytime. From a bronze to a silver and now a gold. I don’t think we should ask for more because 3/4th of us are crazy about Cricket and those who are into other sports usually don’t get the required funds. However, the point of this post is something else.

This post concerns events that happened after Abhinav won the gold medal. But before that, let’s go into a bit of history about him. He’s from an affluent family, has done his schooling from some of the best schools around and has done his BBA from the University of Colorado. So, we know one thing for clear that he never had any monetary problems. However, after he won that gold medal, he was bestowed with a whole lot of money from chief ministers of various states, from the BCCI and the likes. According to Wikipedia, he got the following:-

My simple question to almost all these people is – Why?

Why did they have to do that? Abhinav doesn’t need your money. But a lot of other people do. I live in Punjab. And Abhinav was born here in Punjab. So that probably explains why Mr. Prakash Singh Badal just went ahead and gave him 1 crore of rupees. However, Mr. Badal, do you have any idea about the power situation in your state? If I were you, I’d rather spend a crore of rupees in dealing with that first rather than going around making yourself popular by donating money. If not your own state, I would’ve given it to the IOA so that they could help the upcoming players who might actually not be doing well money-wise. I say the same to almost all the others who’ve given money. And so does Abhinav. He says he hopes his win improves situations in India, and that the system is not really upto the mark right now.

These people basically have their priorities all wrong. They aren’t doing it because Abhinav needs it or because they’re proud of him or something. Their simple motive behind this is showing-off. They’ll get to say that they gave him a crore of rupees, that’s that. It would be better if they stop doing this and actually give the money to someone who needs it.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2008 12:49 am

    Absolutely correct. They think by showering rewards, more players will be motivated to win and more young people to come into sports. But they dont realize they should use this same money to promote and develop sports facilities instead of tempting future players monetarily.

  2. compulsivewriter permalink
    August 16, 2008 10:22 am

    i totally agree with you Ish. The truth is that we only focus on glorifying the cricketers and once in a blue moon, we glorify gold medalists like Mr. Bindra.
    The truth is, the same amount invested in developing sports infrastructure and highly trained athletes/sportspersons will give us a much better performance at the Olympics.

  3. August 16, 2008 11:10 am

    hmm…true…now even among the ppl who went to the olympics there are athletes who are financially not that stable….as you said since he is from Punjab,the award from there is alright…but why all the others?Next what they will start a party in his name?

  4. Priya permalink
    August 16, 2008 11:47 am

    I didn’t know so many of these facts! Thanks for bringing this topic up here.

    He’s got a free railway pass? 😛
    A person who’s been gifted a 200cr hotel by his father would travel by local trains to places?! 😛

    On a serious note, what you’ve said is absolutely correct. There are so many athletes who cannot afford to compete at higher level sports. There may be many of those hidden stars in our country. Only if they get proper funds and are recognised by by govt, we can see them shine. This is defenetly a sad state. For once, I’m not feeling too good about our victory. The other things happening around over-shadow it.

    @ Vishesh : They will start a party in his name ??
    I soo hope they don’t politicize every goddamn thing in India. And Abhinav has much brains not to stay in the spotlight for a long time.

  5. August 17, 2008 12:26 pm

    I think the free railway pass was the biggest joke of the century.
    I could never understand how can such grown up people can act like kids. Or is it Senile decay??

  6. August 20, 2008 4:45 pm

    I agree with Amit, free railway pass????
    Abhinav was rich and he could afford to practice in his specially made halls.

    But the good side of all this is, the money will never reach him. Well I dont think any of such promised money has ever reached the recipient

  7. APEXSHHA permalink
    August 28, 2008 4:36 pm


  8. September 1, 2008 5:31 pm

    I completely agree with the point made here Ish.. These people should be shown the reality!!! Actually people like Abhinav should not accept it… but then they do…


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