DELHI India -- You can look
at India’s medal haul at the Rio Olympics in two ways:
just one silver and
one bronze for a contingent of 119 members from a
country of 1.2 billion people;
or winning two
medals and reaching pretty close to the medal table in
four events instead of joining 75 countries with no
medals, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
These 75 countries are more than a third of the 206
taking part in Rio Olympics.
Out of 216 countries, India stood 67 when tough woman
wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India’s painful wait for a medal
by clinching the bronze in the 58 kg category and shuttler
PV Sindhu put up a brave fight in the final against world’s
number one player to win the silver.
A great deal of analysis is going on in world media about
the performance of different countries at these games.
Some ‘small’ countries like Kenya took away 13 medals (6
gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze) standing at 15th overall
Right next at 16th position stood the island state of
Jamaica with 11 medals (6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze).
How did these two countries pull it off?
Their athletes literally ran away with these medals.
Rio, and indeed all, Olympics are dominated by the
so-called rich nations.
This time it was no different either with USA, UK, China,
Russia, Germany and Japan at the top six positions.
Again, two views are expressed about India’s performance:
not good enough to win Olympic medals despite the training;
contrast this with; great to have made the grade to compete
in so many games at the Olympic level.
One commentator said that an Indian athlete runs to board
an express train at full speed when he/ she competes in
Comments about mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption
have been made loudly.
But that’s no reason for few medals.
Look at Kenya with 13 medals and the massive scale of
corruption reported in the media, Idil Abshir wrote in
New York Times how 40 athletes fail drug tests before
the games, hundreds of hangers on joined the official team,
an athlete at the airport had no air tickets, uniforms
stolen before the opening ceremony, an official posing as an
athlete and on and on …
After the wrestler Sakshi Malik secured India’s first
Olympic medal in Rio, the Pakistani journalist Omar Quraishi
India in a tweet:
"Finally one of the 119 competitors that India sent to
Rio has won a medal—a bronze—now see how they portray it as
if they won 20 golds."