Olympic: Where Is The Gold ?
It seems we Indians are very content people be it progress in life or advancement in sports. London Olympic is again a big disappointment and our sports person's repeated failures in big events simply denotes that how much we are lagging behind in every sports. It is the mindset and lack of passion which is responsible more than anything. It is also becoming a major hindrance in performance. I feel, we as a nation always feel that playing in the world's biggest sports event Olympic is itself a big achievement and our coaches, parents and even media say this over and over again to players. And when we say things like this, hunger for an Olympic medal also seems distant somewhere.
Indian Hockey team's poor show in Olympic again raised a lot of concern. But when you compare state of Hockey from the past events it was bound to happen. We lost every match. More than players it was our national coach Michael Nobbs who shattered with their performance and apologized for the zero performance in the Olympic. Insipid performance by Indian sports persons were not limited to only one sport. High hopes were with boxing, lawn tennis, archery, shooting but barring three medal winners (two bronze and one silver) every other fell like sand castle. Saina Nehwal did her best but her opponent in semi final match was way ahead in skills. She bagged first bronze medal in badminton for India and made everyone happy. Undoubtedly Saina was our best hope but Deepika Kumari was too.
Is it the approach towards the game which is letting us down or something else? Why we as a nation are so content with bronze and silver? Why we are not setting our standard for number one position? Why we are always full of praise? Why not we compare ourselves with legends like swimmer Michael Phelps who has won more medals India has ever won? There are so many questions and when there is a question lays answers too. I hope our sports policy makers, coaches and players too pay heed to these things and in coming years give us more heroes with more gold.