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Sports

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Nikitanamrita , Aug, 06 2016

With social media roaring about Indians qualifying/participating in Olympics, it is because of lack of will and cash that India wins so few Olympic medals


More economic muscle means more money spent on infrastructure, personnel and supporting organizations. A wealthy country with high standards of living is also more likely to have sports as a part of schooling. The way in which India was priced out of hockey (its lone bright spot) after the switch from natural turf to synthetic shows the importance of economic resources. Since India first participated in the world’s premier sporting event in 1900, it has won a total of 26 medals—less than powerhouses like the US and China win in a single Olympics, on par with far smaller countries such as Thailand and Morocco
More economic muscle means more money spent on infrastructure, personnel and supporting organizations. A wealthy country with high standards of living is also more likely to have sports as a part of schooling. The way in which India was priced out of hockey (its lone bright spot) after the switch from natural turf to synthetic shows the importance of economic resources. Since India first participated in the world’s premier sporting event in 1900, it has won a total of 26 medals—less than powerhouses like the US and China win in a single Olympics, on par with far smaller countries such as Thailand and Morocco

Albert , Jack of none but master of all Aug, 08 2016


Its genetics. Many other countries are also poor, have corrupt governments, have poor facilities, limited opportunities for athletes, most people malnourished, etc., but they perform better than India. India performs at the level of small city-states like Singapore with population less than 1/200 th of Indias billion. The Indians I have observed are physically weak and clumsy, thats very apparent. The vegetarian diet doesnt help, either: While exceptions exist, athletes, more than ordinary people, need a large amount of high-quality protein which only comes from meat. Parenting is another problem. Indian kids are raised in very pampered ways. Even teenage Indian kids are treated tenderly like newborn babies. Children raised that way lack the will to overcome adversity and excel.
Its genetics. Many other countries are also poor, have corrupt governments, have poor facilities, limited opportunities for athletes, most people malnourished, etc., but they perform better than India. India performs at the level of small city-states like Singapore with population less than 1/200


sohail , Aug, 08 2016


Countries even poorer than India winning medals more than India, I would say it all zeroes down to hunger. What incentive they have other than shining in sports? These are the events where they can make their mark and I am nowhere downgrading their effort here. I completely respect and honor their will and effort. Performing to win is the ultimate escape and satisfaction for a person who has survived lifes extremities and witnessed hunger. In contrast, India doesnt or cant create such Hunger because there are safe escapes to a settled life. Why would anyone bother to risk such a safe life to a life in sports? Nevertheless, you find people from the lower income classes making their mark. I would salute such brave souls why ? Because they are taking risks and ready to lead a life that doesnt have a good future in India.
Countries even poorer than India winning medals more than India, I would say it all zeroes down to hunger. What incentive they have other than shining in sports? These are the events where they can make their mark and I am nowhere downgrading their effort here. I completely respect and honor their w


Sukirti Singh , Aug, 08 2016


Athletes dont fall from the sky, they come from the lower or middle class families definitely not from the high class society. Lower income classes struggle to build a space for themselves too much and risking years in something that isnt supported in the current Indian culture is too much of a rick to take. Besides, there is a lot of psychological pressure a kid must go through to even excel in the academics. A life is not worth living if it is not meant for excellent academics.
Athletes dont fall from the sky, they come from the lower or middle class families definitely not from the high class society. Lower income classes struggle to build a space for themselves too much and risking years in something that isnt supported in the current Indian culture is too much of a rick


Shubham Singh , Aug, 08 2016


There is too much emphasis on building a safe and secure future - something only possible if you have good academics. Sports (unless Cricket) is too riskier a bet to take. That too in such volatile market conditions. In west or other developed countries, people can risk few years and still hope to land up in a job and being accepted in the society as equal. In India, you wouldnt only loose those years but may also be left on your own and looked as a failure in life. Moreover, the stories of the ill conditions and fate of previous olympians only discourage future sportsperson from taking such a career line.
There is too much emphasis on building a safe and secure future - something only possible if you have good academics. Sports (unless Cricket) is too riskier a bet to take. That too in such volatile market conditions. In west or other developed countries, people can risk few years and still hope to l


Pranav , Aug, 08 2016


As far as economic incentives are concerned, I would think that there is a huge market for sports in India due to the lack of sports currently. All an Indian needs to do is get really good at a sport, come to America to compete, and get sponsored by Indian companies. This will start a trend for young people to get good at sports. Just look at the Dominican Republic with peloteros.
As far as economic incentives are concerned, I would think that there is a huge market for sports in India due to the lack of sports currently. All an Indian needs to do is get really good at a sport, come to America to compete, and get sponsored by Indian companies. This will start a trend for youn


Nisha , United we stand Aug, 08 2016


I think the two main points continue to be diet and culture, but again we really need to define sporting performance more broadly than simply olympic performance. Regarding steve sailers mention of sikhs, i think we need some corrections on that. He points to an important fact but more broadly, vast majority of indias top sportsman come from just 4-5 states out of the 30 or so — primarily haryana, punjab and north-east. What makes this more interesting is that all these states are far less vegetarian, bigger meat consumers than much of rest of india. Also, all people with surname Singh are not sikhs. Singh is used as surname primarily by almost all Kshatriyas – the ancient warrior caste. Sikhs are subset of them who are all extracted from some earlier Kshatriya clans. Vijay Singh is no sikh. A Hindu married to a Hindu in fact. Neither are most other Singhs. Even many non kshatriyas, especially shudra castes also took the name singh in later times.
I think the two main points continue to be diet and culture, but again we really need to define sporting performance more broadly than simply olympic performance. Regarding steve sailers mention of sikhs, i think we need some corrections on that. He points to an important fact but more broadly, vast


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Aug, 08 2016


Its almost 1/5th of humanity is not participating in the Olympics. Is it the race or sports politics or is it the craze of cricket to blame ?


Aditya Singh , Starting up. Just learnt before launch its ca Aug, 08 2016


It cannot be the craze to cricket. USA's most played or followed sport is american football, it doesnt demotivate their athletes to play other sports. So if cricket wouldn't have been the craze, we would have been playing nothing, not the other way round. Lack of motivation, as the prize for failure is a bad/poor life, lack of facilities and small money allocation which invite predators from everywhere. 'Budhiya' is just one example which got into the limelight. Cricket also was flourished because early victory invited a lot of foreign advertisers money, which motivated everyone(mostly people in the chain of transferring money) to promote cricket.
It cannot be the craze to cricket. USA's most played or followed sport is american football, it doesnt demotivate their athletes to play other sports. So if cricket wouldn't have been the craze, we would have been playing nothing, not the other way round. Lack of motivation, as the prize for failu