Friday, June 08, 2007

0 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze

The title reflects the medals tally of India at 2008 Beijing Olympics. Perhaps there will be a bronze, but not very much better. That is the medals tally of 1/5th of Humanity. Some statistics:

At the Athens 2004 Olympics
  • India won 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 0 Bronze. [India Area: 1.25 Million Sq. Miles]
  • Jamaica won 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze [Jamaica Area: 4,111 Sq. Miles]
  • Medals Per Million Population - for - Bahamas - 6.3091 [Bahamas Population: 273,000]
  • Medals Per Million Population - for - India - 0.0009 [India Population: 1 Billion]
    Read On...

The proud Indian Olympic Association - Website - is very much like the association itself. High on self-congratulation - very low on results. Check out the Chinese Olympic Committee website.

And who is the Sports Minister of India?

  • Mani Shankar Aiyar - is at loggerheads with other sports organizations over organizing Commonwealth Games and bidding for other games.
  • It was reported that he was given this ministry - as it was important to induct him as a Cabinet Minister - and no other portfolio was available. That tells you the disdain with which Sports Ministry is treated and functions.
  • Did not have much to say about India's dismal performance in Doha Asiads where a very large contingent was sent.

Sports Administrations across India are largely headed - no not by Sports Administrators - but Politicians - Sharad Pawar, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, Lalu Prasad, Suresh Kalmadi and its likes...

Given the shining facts above - there is not much hope for a better medals hunt at the next Olympics.

Not so random thought: China is likely to topple USA from Number 1 Position in Medals Tally at the Beijing Olympics.

22 Comments:

At 12:41 AM, Blogger Musings on India said...

I think if one did a brain analysis of our politicians, the patterns might be similar to those of a monkey. My view is that WE as Indians have become so used to the situation that we have become comfortable with things remaining bad. Silent action is 1000 strong meaningful than shouting without action.

We, and I include the media in this, are so used to politician=monkey situation that we have stopped expecting change. The media has romanticised Lalu's crass behaviour. Cant believe they show a national level politician gettind drunk on national TV and feel so happy about it. Hell!!

 
At 12:42 AM, Blogger Musings on India said...

typos...typos..typos...sorry. :-)

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Ash said...

Interesting blog you've got here.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the little poem :-)

 
At 4:46 AM, Blogger Pijush said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I thank you for introducing me in this blog, very thought provoking and well directed. I want to blogroll you, can I?

 
At 1:25 AM, Anonymous kalyan said...

Nice post. I agree with your views completely. I have written a similar post some time back on the overall sports condition in our country including the Olympics titled 'Dreaming in Sports' in my blog.

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Musings/Ash/Kalyan > thanks for visiting. Like much of other problems (water, electricity shortage) of our country - isn't this an artificial problem the leaders of this nation have created? I wonder how can Sports Minister of a country go around with his head held high under such circumstances. is there some thing called shame?

Pijush> Certainly blog roll me! No problem.

 
At 3:41 AM, Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

sport is come by heart.... not from the political minds........ so India will be in that position onlyyyyyyy

 
At 4:26 AM, Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

where is the gold,,,where is the silver,,,, where is the Bronze....Its all our dreams only...

 
At 6:24 AM, Blogger Pijush said...

Done, thanks

 
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