When i was a kid, we used to watch Olympics with great curiosity, particularly after we read in the school about the famous story behind Marathon race in Athens.. but it was a shock for me when my elder brother told me once that India never win these games..and it was before when i came to know that we are a backward country..
Anyway, in my growing years (80’s and 90’s) I never heard India winning a medal in Olympic, and I lost all my interest in the games.. But we saw a glimpse of Hope when Lander Paes won a Tennis bronze in 1996 Atlanta Olympics followed by Karnam Malleswari wining a bronze in weight lifting in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and further we won India’s first ever Individual silver medal when Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won a silver in Shooting event in 2004 Athens Olympics..
We all know what’s the reason for India’s failure in the olympics, and we all say it’s due to pathetic sports infrastructure in the country, which is due to lack of sports culture and apathy of the government. But why we lack the sports culture? They say in Hindi “Kheloge kudoge to hoge kharab, phadoge likhoge to banoge nawab”..this saying itself justifies the pathetic sports culture in Indian society. But why is it so?, i think that’s largely because in India sports were never considered a means of earning..Though i dont know much but the tradition sports in India (I can talk about north India only, and am not sure about south) but “Kushti” (Wrestling), “Kabaddi” , “Gilli danda”, “Fights of hens”, “kite flying” etc are being played in India since very ancient times., and even these sports were hardly modes of earning (Yes sometimes Kings and influential people used to give rewards to the people winning some competitions in these games).Even in today’s society due to lack of sports infrastructure parents dont see any future of their children in sports and force them to concentrate on studies only.
Anyway let us come back to Olympics, this time It all changed to better and was historical when we won three individual Olympic medals in this years Beijing Olympics..This is India’s best olympics ever..
First Abhinav Bindra created History by winning India’s first ever Individual Gold medal and then it was folowed by Sushil Kumar winning bronze in wrestling and then Vijender Kumar Singh winning bronze in boxing..
Let us take it as a beginning, it was almost impossible for India to win an individual olympic medal, and now we have come to a tally of three, also we are going to host Commonwealth Games in 2010 in Delhi, and formula one race in the same year in Noida.. this wil further boost sports culture in our country and we can surely hope to better our records further in 2012 London Olympics