London Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, on Thursday, went on social networking site Twitter to congratulate Sakshi Malik on her hard fought way to the Olympic Bronze medal in the 58kg wrestling category.
London Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, on Thursday, went on social networking site Twitter to congratulate Sakshi Malik on her hard fought way to the Olympic Bronze medal in the 58kg wrestling category. Bindra, who narrowly missed a bronze this year, has been very vocal in his support for all athletes in the mega tournament. Bindra expressed his pride and happiness at the Sakshi’s bronze medal victory and thanked her for lifting the spirit of the Indian camp.
Congratulations snd felicitations to sakshi malik. What a great performance. Thank you for lifting the spirits of every Indian .
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 18, 2016
The Indian camp has been a subject of many controversies leading to the Rio Olympics 2016 and disappointing performances at the event did no good to their morale. While some of the performances were highly disappointing, considering they came from some of the world’s best in the business, some were heartbreaking due to India remaining on the wrong side of close encounters. Between all this, a certain Shobhaa De decided to give the public a piece of her mind. She went on tweeting about how India’s Olympic stint was a waste of money and opportunities as all the athletes did in Rio was take selfies. Talking about selfies, the Sports Minister of India pushed every rule out of the book, along with the spirit and officials of the Olympics to gain access to restricted areas and take click pictures. Narsingh Yadav’s doping controversy is still in the news with WADA appealing NADA’s clean chit to the wrestler. India’s disappointing show till Day 10 of the mega event saw a heat starting to form as debates went viral as to why India cannot produce medal winners. The answers were fairly simple. Dipa Karmakar trained on old scooter parts on her way to the 4th position in Gymnastics.
Bindra, along with many other prominent sportspersons criticised the lack of facilities for any sport in India other than cricket. The lack of any financial help or medical support; even at the highest level hurts the Indian athletes. Athletes have said that once they win medals, money and fame come with it and when they lose, they get the anger and disappointment of the public. Though the government has no plans, no policies to encourage or enhance any dort of training or medical facilities for the sportsmen in the country.
Each medal costs the UK £5.5 million. That’s the sort of investment needed. Let’s not expect much until we put systems in place at home.
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 16, 2016
Bindra has time and again talked about these problems, citing lack of funds or investments and poor support staff and system for athletes other than cricketers. He has explained in the past that Olympics are no easy games and expecting easy performances and victories will only make you disappointed. He makes a fair point. The nation wants their athletes to do well, but only during the Olympics. The lead up to it is hyped by media. Those 2 months, everything goes on the screen for everyone to see. But what about the decade of hard work in the face of terrifying circumstances with almost no hope to go?
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The government or the public certainly do not know and it seems from recent events, they do not want to.