Why no medals in Rio Olympics, asks Justice Katju

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Why no medals in Rio ?
Why does India, having a population of 1.25 billion people, perform so poorly in sports ? Why have we not won a single medal as yet in the Rio Olympics ?

There are two answers.
(1) Modern sports are very expensive, and so usually only rich countries do well in international events.

There are of course exceptions. Ethiopian runners like Haile Gebrselassie have performed superbly in long distance races. Anthony Nesty from a tiny poor country Surinam won a gold medal in the Seoul Olympics defeating the famous American swimmer Matt Biondi. But these are exceptions.

Modern sports require a lot of money for training the sports persons, providing them the best kits ( which are often very expensive ), providing them nourishing food ( which 75% or more Indians do not get ), getting the services of medical experts ( some of whom can even tell how to develop a particular muscle in the leg to run faster ), gadgets and other machinery ( which are also often expensive ) needed to improve performance, etc. These are often not available to sports persons in a poor country like India, and it was so stated by Mary Kom in her speech in Parliament recently.

(2) Most Indian youth want a life long career, whereas in sports usually one’s career ends before 30 years of age. After that the sportsperson is usually left to fend for himself/herself. Many retired Indian sports persons are living in great poverty, and nobody cares for them. So most of our youth do not pursue sports seriously after a certain time, thinking they will starve later on.if they do so.

So to win a lot of medals in the Olympics and other international events we have to make India a highly prosperous country

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  1. lol. I dont know how writer decided that India is a Poor Country. India has this year added 27 new Billionaires apart from 100 that already existed in 2015. Take 1 million from each businessman and dedicate it to sports you have 127 million USD. If writer thinks that country like Kosovo (has 1 gold till now) are more richer than India then he should do suicide. Besides Kosovo, there are other poor countries in the medal tally like vietnam,Kazakhstan & Greece.
    Its the attitude that wins medals not excuses.

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