Perhaps Shobha De was a bit harsh towards the Olympic team, but the reality, is we as a nation are below par performers, when it comes to sports. No one can deny this fact, not even the ones who have been anguished by her harsh words and are now united, raising their voice against her. Sure the Olympic team is not to be blamed. It's the way we Indians take to sports is the culprit. For us, sports is secondary or perhaps doesn't even count anywhere. Even at my age I am regular at sports and keep myself healthy by playing one or the other game. I thank my organization for providing us with a good infrastructure for sports. But then it's not true for most Indians. Most of the time there aren't any sporting facilities for the people to take a liking to sports. The infrastructure in our schools are abysmally poor. My son's school stresses a lot on studies and cultural programs. But in sports it is simply shabby. The way his school promotes sports is simply an eyewash. It embarrasses me that my son is in such a school where sports counts nowhere. But it is true with almost every other school and college in India.
So friends, where do you think the sporting talent will come from, when such is our attitude towards sports? It is not for us to blame the Olympic team or even Shobha De. It was very bold of her to comment against the poor performance of the team. It takes a lot of courage to speak against the tide, especially in a country like India where dissent is simply not tolerated. It is simply not digestible that a country with more than a billion population is nowhere in the counting. Perhaps the taunting by Shobha De will now force our sportsmen and women to tighten up and give a scintillating performance silencing all critics, including Shobha De. In this way I hope Shobha De's remark will do more good than damage. And for those who think Shobha De talks only rubbish, they should better read about her and not just simply sully her. She is one bold lady, many chest thumping or bicep bulging men would not be able to match and India is simply short of such courageous people.
Patience and perseverance pays