The modern Olympic Games are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered as the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.
The Olympic Games are normally held every four years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Games every two years in the four-year period.India’s performance in OlympicsIndia’s performance in Olympics sounds very disgraceful, for we Indians and for our country.
India has the world’s second-largest population (almost 1/6th of the global population) and it is ninth largest economy. It is the biggest democracy in existence. But, why does India, despite a population of over one billion people, lack behind in the race of Olympic Glory? Every self-respecting Indian knows that India’s strike rate at the Olympics has been less than encouraging.Just 28 medals!A century since first participating in Olympics, India, a nation with a population of 1.3 billion has merely 28 medals to its name.
The United States of America (USA), on the other hand, leads the medal tally with 2,522 medals under its belt. This clearly is not the case of population of a country which can be said is directly proportional to the number of medals.Prosperity in all other areas, except OlympicsIndia has managed to put a man in space, led many scientific discoveries, forced the world to acknowledge India’s stride in the field of defense and science & technology.
Indian cricket team is considered to be one of the World’s best team, then why are we not able to bring the same dedication and integrity to sports in general and the Olympic Games in particular? In fact, being the second most populous and most democratic country in the world hinders our attempts to harvest a rich haul of medals at the Olympics.