31 July 2012

Just a Bronze !!!!!!!

India has won a bronze medal in the olympics and there have been so many different kinds of comments on this. Some say it is a great feat, while others say it is nothing. Some say it is easy to comment but difficult to compete. How should we react to such a win? What should our thoughts be? Well, I do not know, nor do I want to suggest what everyone should think, but I can write down the thoughts that are crossing my mind just now.
Getting a bronze medal in the Olympics is not a very small feat. I do appreciate Mr. Narang's feat. However, it is Indian mentality to get satisfied with less. Our aim should not be just one Bronze. That should not satisfy us.
When I say that this is not enough, that we need to perform better, many of you may think that it is easy to comment but not easy to compete. I agree that it is easier to comment than to compete. However, we must not forget that players from other countries are bringing in lots of medals. Countries which are smaller than us, poorer than us, less populated than us get more medals. So what is the reason that Indian Players are sub standard? Where does India lack? Why can't a country of more than one billion population produce better sports persons or win more medals?

There are many reasons:
1. Our Players do not get good coaching, better sports facilities, good food, good accommodation etc from the sports authorities. Why? Because, we Indians are not at all interested in any other sport that cricket. When there is a cricket match, thousands of people will spend millions of Rupees to watch it. When there is any other sports, hardly any Indian will even see it in TV, let alone spend money on ticket. But another more important reason is the corruption that has pervaded into every sphere of Indian society including the sports arena.
2. Criticism is very much necessary. Criticism of teh players and also of the coaches, and most of all teh sports authorities and sports ministry. The Sports organisations and the ministry are the people who are siphoning off all money given for sports and enriching their own pockets. There should be sharp criticism of Indian Sports from every corner and every media. The very thought that "it is easy to criticize but hard to compete" shows that we are satisfied with low standard.
3. There is no sports culture in India. I have been to other countries. I have seen their youth. In other countries the young people love to play outside. In India our youth love to sit at home watching cricket on TV. If there is a Cricket match, half of India's population will be found in front of a TV set. Such a shame.
4. Cricket is the biggest reason our country is poor in other sports. Cricket has destroyed Indian sports, Indian culture, Indian Industries and Indian Workforce. It is the worst thing in Indian society after corruption. The reason why all other sports are neglected in India is the total support that cricket gets from the Indian Public. Instead of Cricket if we Indians give more support to other sports, our players will definitely bring more medals.