Dr. B. asked in SportsOlympics · 1 decade ago

Why can't India ever win Olympic medals (1 or 2 don't count): isn't it a national disgrace?

It's a national disaster that India, a country of one billion people with numerous sports talents, can't win more than one or two medals in the Olympics. Even since I was a young boy growing up in Calcutta, my friends and I dreamed of an Indian rise in the sports arena, only to be thrown into gloom and despair every four years. That saga is still on, thanks to India's corrupt and inefficient political and sports administrators and rampant bossism and patriarchy. It's no jinx that India can't win Olympics medals: it's the ruling class that's responsible for it. India has no lack of talents in sports, games and athletics; even way back in the fifties and sixties, India had produced scores of individuals and teams that got many medals in field hockey, and nearly got medals in football (soccer), middle-distance running or wrestling. It's about time Indian rulers be stripped off their power and money so that they don't get to use the scant resources of a largely poor country to take the lavish trips to Olympic villages; it's time sports administrations in India be freed of political coteries and handed over to independent, honest and dedicated personalities and groups. I want to see India get rid of its stupid misuse of billions of dollars in cricket and rise as an international sports nation. Success in sports and games reflect the character of a nation's youth; India's youth must come out of its opium of Bollywood and Wall Street-dictated lifestyle and entertainment, and find some moral fiber for itself.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Hein (above) nailed it.

    More valuable than subsidized shoes, balls and swimming pools are the leisure time to try them. Central planning can try to identify and foster olympians, but to some extent the group must be self selecting.

  • 1 decade ago

    The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak----?

    India has the power to do this and get more golds really.

    There should be more sports colleges, would that help? And funding should offered to promising candidates in any sport.

    Even the Olympic contingent seems to get smaller and smaller in size. A country of more than a billion can only send about 97 to the Olympics?

    I wish there are more golds fro the Indians, i really hope so.

    ! or 2 golds is not bad but the great nation can really do better, it is all a question of nurturing the right men and women as soon as they show promise in any chosen sport.

    Come on India, you can do it!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because for centuries India has lived under a caste system in which only a select few are allowed privileges. Unlike in the United States where anyone with balls can try to accomplish something, there are few in India allowed to even try to do anything. This is chaning however. Also, India has historically been ruled by strict forms of socialism which makes people less likely to try to excell at anything, which could also explain why Canada has won zero medals thus far.

  • 1 decade ago

    1 or 2 isn't bad considering the level of things. Indian sport will build itself back up and find it's niche. It takes time...India has had more pressing worries, now it can concentrate on smaller issues again like sport.

    Every country fluctuates - Russia and Romania used to be powerhouses in gymnastics; these days they are struggling. The US used to never win in gymnastics - this time round they took the gold and the silver individual in the womens competition. Take heart, India will get there.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is a very valid point that you raise and i think you answered the question for yourself. If India was aloud to run a national sports campaign then I feel that you would kick the butt of the USA and China. India mus be full of unearthed talent in sport.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it is mainly because most of their population is not very wealthy. Poor people don't have the resources to devote their lives to any sport except maybe running. India has around $2700 GDP per person. To do well in the Olympics I think you need to reach the Chinese level of wealth $5300 GDP per person.

    In this Olympics, the countries with the largest number of medals per capita are S. Korea, Italy, Australia, and France. Notice that all these countries have $25,000 GDP per person or higher.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, one medal is more than what other 154 countries have.

    You have no idea of what a a national disgrace is.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I hope India wins more medals this year :)

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Stephen Colbert inspired the Americans more than Obama did.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1 or 2 DO count! How many have YOU yourself won?

    It's hardly a NATIONAL DISASTER! No-one died!

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