Good Show India
What if Sushil did not win the Gold. He did India proud by winning a medal that too Silver. He is the first individual athlete to win two medals back-to-back. India has put in its best performance ever in the Olympics, albeit we did not win a Gold.
I can already hear tongues wagging saying that for a country of our size we should have done a lot better. Sure enough, but our problems are pretty peculiar and my intent in this post is not to delve deep into that aspect.
I recently read a comment by the Sports Minister , Mr Maken, that “India can get 25 medals in Olympics 2012 Out of it, it can be 5 or 10 golds. We cannot specify the number of gold,”. I was amazed at the clarity of thought of Mr Minister as he said this. Wow! I thought to myself. What was the basis of such a confident statement. I could not see anything percetably changed in between the last two Olympics in terms of sports. (I would like purposely not talk about the Commonwealth games too 🙂 ).
So what must be the reason. Here are some thoughts that might have occurred to the Minister.
1. In 2008 we got 3 , in 2012 we won 6 medals. So going by the geometric progression , in 2016 it would be double of 6 that is 12 and in 2020 … Voila – 24 , plus there might be genuine individual performer would win a medal despite our sporting authorities. This also takes care of the statement that he is not able to predict the number of Gold 🙂 🙂
2. We sent 83 Athletes and we won 6 gold. In 2016 we will send in 166 and so on.
3. Or is it the number of officials that matter. More officials, more medals.
4. Maybe it has to do with the inflation rate. Number of medals in 2012 – 6 . Applying a annualized rate of income at 20% a year , year on year the cumulative figure is around 25 🙂 🙂 🙂 … Ha, What about that?
Come on Minister, let us not waste time making tall claims . Do something concrete and different to get different results. We all know the GIGO (Garbage in Garbage out) principle, is’nt it. The athletes have the potential but you need to develop the right environment for them to train. Just talking is not going to get us medals.