Hip Hip Hurray….. India. We have done it this time one gold and 2 bronze in Olympics. An Olympic gold is the dream of 100crore people for decades and this time we have done it and of course 2 bronze which is worth mentioning as any Olympic medal is worth more than gold for us Indians. By this we could prove our presence in Olympics. Lot have changed of course professionalism in sports has gone up a lot. Foreign coaches, foreign training system everything has done a lot to Indian sports. Am stressing on Foreign because I don’t see any great change an the functioning of sports ministry or SAI(Sports Authority of India) or any other government machinery in sports but I do appreciate the work of many NGO’s and of course the effort put by individuals and their family.
We could see these entire medal winners had put a lot of invidual effort and had many time used a lot of money of their own to achieve this. These medals be it gold or bronze it has helped a lot for Indians and something to b proud of. For last 2-3 decades we have 2 sit calm and see smaller nations and even African nations ruined by poverty winning gold in events but not us. We were fed up of decisions critics, officials blaming each other for the bad performance. For us we always had to be satisfied by a last minute bronze or a silver but this time we could prove our presence from the beginning of Olympics.
But we still have many questions to be answered in our mind. Is this all what we Indians, a 100crore population which has the 6th largest economy can do? Is this all? Olympics with has more than 200 events in which we could just participate below 30 events. Is this all a 56 member contingent and an equal number of officials representing India, costing the tax payers a good amount could produce? We could see small contingent in Olympics but most of them went with medal in their kitty. What are we lacking? Money, infrastructure, talent or the WILL to utilize these? Where do we lack? Where do we need improvement? What has to be done? We have a lot of talent hunt in India singing, dancing, mimicking and a lot but none to find sports talent y?
What ever may be it let us keep aside all these and will think about it in next Olympics in London (2012). Let celebrate our three medals let us pour cores to these winners for now, let us all keep our eyes closed 2 other nations including our neighbor china and let us celebrate this as is we have achieved the maximum. For Indians still a BRONZE IS WORTH A GOLD.
With best wishes to all the 3 medal winners and all the Indian participants in olypics and wishing our self the very best in coming Olympics. Let us think for the betterment of sports till next Olympics. We would be happy as long as a gold, a silver or atleast a bronze will find way to India.