India had a population of 1 billion in 2004 but managed to win only one medal in the 2004 Olympics held in Athens. India had a population of 1.4 billion in the year 2008 but managed to win only three medals in the Olympics.
China on the other side having population pretty close to our population won a total of 100 medals. Why is there so much difference in performance when the population is nearly the same?
The first factor is the government’s attitude towards games and sports. The Indian Government does not finance any tournament whether it is football, hockey, gymnastics, archery, shooting, boxing, wrestling, and many other sports. The Indian Government lacks professionalism. The government is happy with mediocre performers and nothing more than that whereas the Chinese Government takes steps and makes Institutes where they identify their respective talents and recruits them in their team and then trains them until they become professionals and bring medals for their country. In India we need some professional coaches like Luis Scholari, Zico, Maradona and many others who can change the way of the game we approach it. Great stars have emerged in Badminton like Saina Nehwal, Aakash Prakash because of Pullela Gopichand continuously coaching them without any stress. This is the result of good coaching but still the Indian Government does not finance sports like badminton.
The next thing players lack is ”consistency”. Rajyawardhan Singh Rathod earned a silver medal in 2004 Athens Olympics and won the lone medalist from India. So, of course he was made the captain of the Indian team going to Beijing Olympics in 2008.But did he perform as he was expected to do? No, he failed terribly and let the whole country but Abhinav Bindra saved the countries dignity in shooting!
If you all remember in 1911 Mohun-Bagan football team defeated the English team without wearing any boots whereas the opposition was wearing boots but still the Indian Government does not finance the famous sport of Football. Many try to influence Millionaires like Vijay Mallya, Anil Ambani and others to finance sports like football so that many Indians enter the sport.
Please try to perform well in the fields of sport and try to take India’s name to a higher level. I am trying my level best as I am a state player and trying my level best to enter the Basketball National Team.
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