Pathetic State of Sports in India

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As a nation of over one billion souls, I feel sorry and totally embarrassed to think that India is nowhere on the top in the world of sports and, in fact, it is somewhere on the bottom. There was a time before and after independence, my country - a country that I love, cherish and never thought of leaving to make a permanent home elsewhere in this wide planet - was for a considerable period of time a dominant force in hockey. Hockey, unlike cricket, is an international sport that is played and known the world over. Moreover, hockey is an action-oriented sport and however long a match may be drawn out, but it would end within 90 minutes to two hours at the maximum. In yester years, India has produced great players and who can forget Dhyan Chand, the legend and the most outstanding players amongst Indians.. When will my countrymen realize that winning medals in Olympics and world and international meets is more important to catapult the country on the international arena and make it a dominant sporting power, rather than cricket? Cricket was introduced by the English colonialists in India, when they used to play this game amongst themselves for the sake of leisure, pastime and recreation. Later on Indians took this sport, when they formed gymkhanas on religious lines. Corporate houses, financial institutions and others should encourage sports that are known internationally, namely football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, athletics, aquatics, boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, billiards, snooker, gymnastics, etc. When we, as a nation, will realize that winning medals in sports at international meets is what matters. Trophies and awards won in cricket - a game played by a few countries, namely Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe - do not mean much as they do not have international recognition or stature. Moreover, it is played at a much, much lesser scale in a few other...
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