Rio Olympics 2016 is concluding in less than a weeks time. And India as a country hasn’t really performed well Again.
In its 100 years since olympics. India as a country Has won 9 Golds.6 Silver.12 bronzes. Thats shows in the country of more than 30 Prominent Billionaires,We can only produce a handful of Athletes to compete on a global platform.
Rather than strategising how to make a British-Indian sport garner more eyeballs, introducing the americans With Cricket ,A National Game of our country. No,actually not Hockey is our national sport. Cricket has been in our blood because of the fame and money that we earn,But we can do that with any sport if we encourage the youth to practice and help them with resources to fulfil their dream of not only participating but winning also.Why not invest and make strategies of how to make potential talented youth to follow their dream.
In 1927, the provisional Indian Olympic Committee formally became the Indian Olympic Association (IOA)-its main tasks was to promote the development of sports in India, choose host cities for the national games, and send teams-selected from the national games-to the Olympics
1928 national games, it selected seven athletes to represent India at the next Olympics
At the 2008 Olympics ,Abhinav Bhindra won gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event becoming the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games
The 2012 Summer olympics saw an 83-member Indian contingent participating in the games, and set a new best for the country with six total medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian with multiple individual Olympic medals since Norman Pritchard in 1901. However, both of Norman Pritchard’s medals were silver, whileSushil Kumar had one silver and one bronze.
This olympics 124 team members were sent and Sakshi Malik wins Bronze Medal in women’s 58 kg freestyle wrestling becoming first Indian woman Wrestler to do so.
And a historic win for P.V Sindhu winning a silver in badminton for india.
The Indian Olympic Association’s most important task was
Securing Funding: One of the Indian Olympic Association’s main early challenges was to secure funding, so that it could send the national team to the Olympics and finance the related costs of transport, room, and board. It obtained funding from the Indian government, from the state governments, and from various state sports federations.
But,nothing has changed in the last 70 years.
IOA President Yadavindra Singh’s appeal for funding in 1948 stated: “We need about 3 Lacs of rupees to finance” the Indian Olympic team for the London Olympics; that “the youth taking part in these games become ambassadors of goodwill” for India; and that “careful selection, intensive training and proper equipment is most essential” to field a competitive team, but that the Indian Olympic Association is “greatly handicapped for want of sufficient funds” for these tasks
To such an extent that about 4 years ago :
On 4 December 2012, the International olympic Committee suspended the IOA on the basis of corruption, government interference, and not following guidelines of the IOC. Several members of the IOA have been charged with crimes.
The IOA was formally banned for not following the Olympic Charter in their elections, instead following the Indian government’s Sports Code. The IOA held elections under the Indian Sports Code due to a directive from the Delhi High Court . On 15 May 2013, International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to lift the ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as Indian representatives from the government and sports bodies reached an agreement with IOC officials
What is the point of having Bollywood celebrities as Ambassador,If they aren’t helping athletes by providing them the resources? What is the richest indian wife’s doing by becoming part of the international olympic Committee ?
Salman Khan was named goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Its easy to bring in leagues and international players as the are easier to make More money.
But its a challenge, A real challenge to make a nobody a somebody by helping them giving a path to succeed.