Monday, August 22, 2016
Leaning on non-existent Legacy
Vasu Reddy from
’s performance in the modern Olympics is
really dismal. As of 2016 there has been
no individual gold medal winner in any category. India does have a few individual
silver ad bronze medals and that’s about it.
For a fact India India
never had a golf #1 (Vijay Singh is from Fiji),
no one from
ever won a grand slam tournament (Sania Mirza only doubles), and we can go on
and on about the non-accomplishments of Indian athletes in the global arena. Outside of Indian cricket team’s recent accomplishments,
the country never produces a winner (not including Chess) on a global stage. India
is a nation that still speaks of the old
Milka Singh (although a great athlete) who never won a medal at the
Olympics. A big movie was made as a
tribute to him. Such is our legacy
system. With TV and social media making
sure of covering the most mundane things in Earth, the Indians participation
gets a lot more ink than the pre mobile and internet age. Mainly the social media makes a mess of
covering the athletes prior to the games establishing a very high level of
expectations, which has no basis and a complete backlash about the results
which are inline with expectations. Indians
do celebrate every medal irrespective of the sport and type, and rightfully so. Olympics are not a place of incompetence,
ignorance or impunity. It is competition
between 100% best of the best in all games/sports. Even winning a single medal at the Olympics
is an accomplishment to cherish. The athletes,
their families and friends, their coaches, their training facilities, their
sponsors and specially the people who cheer them on and the public at large;
all of them deserve the appreciation for
the effort behind every competing athlete. India
1947) did boast of a long legacy of kings, kingdoms and a fairly large history
of civilization and accomplishments.
There is no question about the contribution of Indian civilization/s to
the world’s accomplishments and advancements.
Indians have a great hangover of their family legacy, albeit much of it
is hearsay. Very rarely a family has any
legacy that is properly documented. It
there was ever any real legacy, the nation and its current population has made
every effort to decimate whatever that can be claimed. Indians have a habit of referring to someone
or something to profess family lineage and legacy. Much of these claims have no back-up, but
just by constantly repeating something people start to place importance to the
fibs and even start believing in their own fibs. By and large it is a normal Indian thing to
speak of legacy, weather or not it is fact based. India
for more than 1/6 of the global population, we should expect a bit more of
global competition, better yet a better performance from the athletes. The last couple of decades only cricket team
has been making noises, but cricket is a sport mainly limited to colonial
legacy. The India Americas,
much of Europe and Asia doesn’t even encourage
cricket as a sport. So, Indians can’t
really claim sporadic dominance in Cricket as a global dominance in sports. There is absolutely no question about the
ability and commitment of the Indian cricket team, just that most of the world
doesn’t compete in the sport.
Although Indians make a lot of noise about even a single medal at the Olympics,
legacy of the modern games. If we leave
behind the early success of Indian hockey team (much of the success was in the
time of British India) there is little to show for India ’s participation in
Olympics. India is no longer a competitive
hockey nation, a legacy of a sport Indians can no longer refer to. India
But, what is happening here? Why don’t we have a single gold medal? Why do we keep being placed at the bottom of the medal tally? Why don’t we become a nation that competes and wins? We can keep asking questions every four years but we have no answers.
Let us not for a minute believe that
as a nation that doesn’t like to win. If
the nation wants to win, then do the athletes have the spirit and mind to
compete at the highest level and win?
Are the athletes conditioned for a global audience and performance that
is conditioned only to win? The
facilities, sponsors and conditions are available and easily accessible for
every athlete that shows the promise to compete. But, we keep asking the same question/s every
time, but so far we have no gold medal winner to welcome home. India
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