- Was Narsingh Yadav given a clean chit by NADA under political pressure?
- If NADA had done a proper job, why did WADA appeal against it, and CAS overturn NADA decision?
- Was Narsingh a victim of power politics? Is this a battle between Haryana lobby, Sushil Kumar comes from Haryana, and Maharasthra lobby, Narsingh Yadav’s state? A controversial politician associated with sports was in Rio. Gentleman was out on bail and travelled to Rio without informing court. What was his urgency to go to Rio?
- It is also emerging that junior officers at Sports Authority of India (SAI) and NADA had made written complaint, bypassing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Complaint was about use of banned substance by Narsingh Yadav. At whose behest, did these officers write? Why did they bypass WFI?
- Did one rivalry between sports people lead to sabotage of Indian medal? No body knows. Only a proper enquiry may throw light on the issue.
Indian sports administrators have been blamed for poor show of Indian Olympic contingent in Rio games. May be rightly so. Most sports administrators lack vision and integrity. Many administrators join sports bodies for power and perks. Administrators lack vision and do little to create sports facilities and benefit sports persons. If anything, sports management in India fail to deliver sports people their legitimate due. In fact, the system forces sports men/women to beg for their right. But to be fair in sports where we had potential, right players were selected. Players had international exposure. Players had international ranking. Several players were professionals. Yet we were not successful. Many players crumbled under pressure of expectation. May be mental toughness is a problem. As a nation we must train our sports people to withstand pressure.
Knowledgeable people believe that India is changing. More and more people are taking interest in sports. Young Indians want Indian athletes on podium. Success of Dipa Karmakar has aroused interest in gymnastics. I read in news paper a kid had dragged his mother to meet Dipa Karmakar in Nehru Stadium in Delhi. May be young boy will be enthused enough to take up gymnastics as a sports. May be this is an intangible benefit of Olympic success. May be this will sow the seed of success in future olympics for the country. May be this is harbinger of hope.
Prize money is flowing in the direction of award winning athletes. It is said that P V Sindhu may get more than 10 crores in prize money. Similarly, prize money has flown in the direction of Sakshi Malik. Yet, coach Gopichand had to mortgage his house to raise fund to create an academy for badminton players. Experts believe there should be many more such academies all over the country. Rewarding medal earning player is good. It may entice the young people to take up sports. Could a portion of this money not been spent in creating facilities that creates more Sindhu and Sakshi?
To be fair, minister has claimed he did not get any communication from games managers. Given the tendency of flatly denying any allegation on TV by political class, it is doubtful how much credence we should pay to ministerial denial. It is possible ministerial staff behaved rudely at the the behest of minister, so that deniability can be maintained. Should a minister not be held responsible for bad behaviour of his staff? It is like father saying I do not accept any mischief my son does. It is so sad and so disappointing.
In the midst of general atmosphere of gloom, there is green shoot of hope. We must pray for Dipa Karmakar and Lalita Babar. Dipa has qualified for final of gymnastic vault in Rio. India does not have any history of competing in gymnastics, that too in Olympic Games. Dipa will perform Produnova vault. Produnova vault is a risky manoeuvre. A French gymnast has broken his ankle in Rio games trying to perform Produnova vault. Dipa will also have to compete against several Olympic champions in her group. Lalita Babar has qualified for final of 3000 meter steeplechase. Like gymnastics, track record of Indian athletes in world stage is not very bright. It is creditable that Lalita has reached finals of 3000 meter steeple chase, an event dominated by US, African and Caribbean athletes. India should be proud if Dipa and Lalita can manage to come within first five in their respective categories. Even that scenario is highly unlikely. We shall hope and pray for miracles to happen.
- There is no denying that Indian players face a lot of difficulty. In spite of all these, we may still win a few medals in Rio Olympic Games. But given our contingent size and given our 1.2 billion population size, we win too few medals.
- Before we are reminded of the degree of difficulty athletes face in qualifying for the games, I would like to point out that athletes from other countries came through the same qualification criteria. Why keep site only on qualification criteria alone? Why not set site above and beyond qualification criteria?
- It is important to play games with right spirit. From childhood we are told participation is more important than winning. We must ask, are we in the games only to participate? Is winning not equally important for bolstering national pride? Participation in Olympic games certainly brings awareness for the game in the country. Still, instead of sending a huge contingent, is it not better to send players that are more likely to win? Should we not have attempted to double our medal tally from London games? There was a great possibility if we had planned well.
- It is true Shobhaa De or for that matter many critics may not be able to hold a rifle and shoot. Neither can critics run on Hockey field. Should bench mark for Indian players not be players from other competing and winning teams?
I am thrilled with performance of India hockey team, irrespective of result on the score board. Many players have competed well, despite not winning any media At the same time, many others have disappointed. Same may not be said for many others. At the end of the day, I think India may win a few medals this Olympic games. Badminton, boxing, and wrestling are yet to come. Still should we shut down Indians who express disappointment at performance of Indian team? I think not.
Outraged nation passed stringent law against rape. Yet rapes kept happening unabated. Young children were also not spared. Recently, a mother and her daughter were gang raped in UP. Incidence happened infront of girl’s father. Assault happened close to highway.
The whole affairs shows the poor law and order situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Police did not respond to emergency phone calls. Most likely police knew what was happening. More so because a similar incidence had happened a few days before in the same are. Police intentionally avoided the area of crime. Police in India knows which side of the bread to butter. They know which criminal is close to which politician. Criminals backed by ruling party are usually not touched by police.
To add insult to injury, an important minister in state government alleged rape was a political conspiracy. Given the uproar after incident involving BJP vice president when he made abusive comment against BSP chief Mayawati, I am surprised at the muted response of visual media on the statement of influential ruling party minister. In addition, all serial visitors who flock to distant parts of India in support of poor and oppressed, none had visited the distraught family. Exception being BJP and now chief minister of UP. Where are Mr. Kejriwal, Mr. Gandhi, Mr. Yechury and the rest?
With the respect women in India enjoy in society, remember they constitute almost 50% of Indian population, India has no chance of ever becoming a global power. One simply has to see the status, opportunity and safe environment offered to women in developed countries as well as in many Latin American and South East Asian countries. Only when we start respecting women, our worship of mother goddess will make any sense.
Participants come from every corner of this vast country of ours. From Nalbari in Assam in the east to Barmer in Rajasthan in the west. From Amritsar in Punjab in the north to Kanyakumari in the south. One may come from a family of a farmer, a singer, a school teacher or a multinational executive. It does not matter, as long as one can sing in front of a crowd and a panel of judges without messing up tune and beat.
There is so much aspiration. So much desire to do well and showcase talent to the world. Every participant has a story to tell. Every one has a dream. Some want to make their family proud. Many, specially girls, want fulfil their mothers apirations. Many want to boost their family income and socio-economic status. It feels so good when young contestants succeed. Some cry. Some break into impromptu dance. Parents in the background breath a sigh of relief and exude a sense of pride. True there is dramatisation. There is mock fighting among judges to win over a contestant. Still music scene in India is getting enriched with so much talent.
Gone are the days when India was dominated by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, not to forget Asha Bhonsle, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh. Singer pool has only increased with time. From Sonu Nigam to Mika Singh, from Arijit Singh to Amal Malik. Girls are not far behind. From Alka Yagnik to Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, from Neeti Mohan, Monali Thakur to Palak Muchal, Kanika Kapoor, Shalmoli Kholgade and many others. What is apparent is that talent pool is increasing. Base of talent pyramid is getting wider every year. New talents are added every year. I think Indian music industry is up for good time. I hope similar talents come out in other areas too.