...As Indians, the word 'sports,' brings to mind the game of cricket--and hockey to some extent. No other sport can compare to the popularity of cricket in India. But why is this so? Why does a country with one sixth of the world's population obsess about just one sport? The answers lie in facts, in our history. History About 3000 years ago, India was as active as the ancient Greeks, in terms of both physical and mental sports -- chariot racing, polo, archery and wrestling to chess and cards. Much later, just a few centuries ago, the British brought hockey and cricket to India. Indians discovered new sports and their inherent talent at them. Cricket took over as the most popular sport after we gained independence, mainly due to the low requirements. All one needs is a bat and a ball--unlike hockey, where everyone needs to have a hockey stick. Though we won 8 Olympic gold medals in our national sport -- hockey -- the first in 1928! The first hockey gold as an independent country was in the 1948 Olympics in London, England, where India beat England 4-0 in the finals. The Indian team went on to win more Olympic hockey gold medals in the 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980 Olympics. After that, the medals dried up -- India only managed solitary bronze medals in tennis, weightlifting and shooting in the last 3 Olympics!...
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July 25, 20….
The Indian Express,
Games and sports reflect the pulse of a national. We are living in a fast changing world. In the past, India prided herself in games like hockey and football and claimed supremacy in these games. Things change and many Asian and European countries stole a march over India. Nearer home, Pakistan stands big in the way of India’s success in Hockey and Cricket. There is no denying the fact that India has lost its hold on the games she earlier excelled in. in sports and athletic too, India’s performance does not make a good reading.
India had to lick defeat in Hockey both at Olympics and at World Cup Tournament held during the last two decades. It appears that India would never be able to claim supremacy in this game. In Football, India’s performance has been far from satisfactory. In sports and athletics too, India’s tally is not worth its name. the days of Milkha Singh and P.T. Usha are fast fading.
India is a vast country with a rich potential. People here are quite hard-working and sports-loving. Still, the standard of sports in this country is low. Something must be done to arrest the declining standards of games in this country. Games and sports should be introduced as a compulsory subject in schools and colleges. Selection of players must be free and fair. Good players should be given due encouragement without any bias or prejudice. Outstanding players should be selected at the trial. Players should be taught to play in the team spirit. Intensive training in games and sports should be given at coaching centers.
It is high time that steps were taken to improve the standard of games and sports in this country. The sooner it is done, the better it is.