Here is the reason why India doesn’t get many medals at world events
In a country of 125 crore people, sports has always being seen as secondary citizen when it is compared to studies and academics. Children have always been encouraged to study hard and become engineers, scientists and doctors. Sports have been seen as just a way to have some extracurricular activity that has to be done because it is mandated in school. But even when parents encourage their kids to take up sports, it’s always cricket for boys and now badminton for girls.
1 Why other sports are inferior to cricket in India?
Cricket has been advertised and marketed as the sport and it has full support of media and advertisers who have poured so much money in the sport those players who make it big in this name in India are often revered as Gods. The sport that comes second in India is field hockey, a sport in which India was so dominant that it won 8 gold medals in Olympics, which is a record in the history of the game. But whenever it comes to other sports which are not cricket, athletes have always being found wanting when it comes to funds, training and overall support. Sport which are featured in Olympics like gymnastics, archery, floor routines and track and field are only brought into focus when Olympics games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games are on the horizon and that’s when the expectations of the whole country gets high in hopes of medals.
Trendingpost has also taken up the issue and interviewed athletes from various disciplines and got to know what they feel about the whole issue. Athletes like Taekwondo expert Yogesh Kumar, boxer Gaurav Bidhuri were the first ones to share their plight with most focus being on lack of help from government and corporate sector. Major factors like lack of funding and nonexistent support from corporate sector when it comes to sponsorship are the biggest gripes of athletes. They are also saddened to see that Indian public only remembers the other sports when international events take place and when such events end, these athletes go back into the world of obscurance.
Other athletes like Rajkumar Tiwari, a figure skater who has won medals in Special Olympics has to earn his living by selling stuff on road in Delhi and his plight was featured on a news show as well. Tennis player Vivek Chaudhary prayed to the people to support other sports as well apart from cricket. He says you should spend time and money and support on other sports if you wish to see India win medals at international events.
Every Indian should not only watch this video, but also share this video as much as possible. Not because it is yet another video highlighting the plight of athletes, but it is athletes themselves seeking support from their countrymen so that we can be proud of more people like Sakshi, Saina, Sindhu and have many more reasons to celebrate after every Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth games.