India celebrates 75 years of independence on August 15. During these 75 years, we have transformed from a spectator to a leading actor on the world stage. While many priorities, such as poverty reduction, better health and education facilities, infrastructure development, remain, India is another aspect of India’s sports industry. The Tokyo Olympics recently came to a head, with India winning a gold medal 13 years later. India currently holds the record for most medals won at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. It is a dark riddle between the holiday clouds. Why does India win relatively few medals? India does the worst by separating the people from the medal ratio. From its first appearance in the 1900 Summer Games to the Tokyo Olympics, India won 35 medals. By this time, India had dreamed of winning more by sending the biggest number 120 athletes. There is no one-shot answer to this question, but many. Sport is a topic that has always been ignored in the country. Cricket is the only sport that makes the news and is very popular. The Olympians constantly suggest how hard it is to cope with financial support, politics and pressure. “Most of the time, I did it myself, especially in the 2016 Olympics,” says athlete Aditi Ashok.
When it comes to facts and figures, in the 2020-21 annual budget, the Indian government has allocated 2826.92 kroner for sports, an increase of only 50 euros from the revised 2019-20 year estimates. The Target Olympic Forum (TOPS) is a major fundraising program for Olympic medal winners. A.D. Launched in 2014, TOPS is the main program of the Indian Ministry of Sports. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, India spent ₹ 36.85 crore under TOPS. Most of the expenditure was on shooting and athletics. Neither did they win a medal. Out of the. 36.85, ₹ 30.49 crore went below the target. Only 1.66% of the total TOPS fund went to India to win two medals – Pv Cindu in Badminton and Sakshi Malik. Therefore, sports administration was not a strong government position. Wealth allocation is an area that needs attention. Accurate and equitable allocation will help India improve its performance with better use of resources. Another important aspect is the difference in sports. India participates in very few sports. Over the years, India has competed in only 22 sports. Lack of awareness and proper training are obstacles that need attention. Hockey stories are fun. Although hockey is an Indian national sport, it is rarely celebrated. More efforts should be made to appreciate the Indian hockey team, especially after the Tokyo Olympics. We should have national men’s or women’s national cups, such as the IPL. This will help the players to train and earn money.
The country’s overall sports situation also needs pressure. Outside of cricket, most sports do not have infrastructure support. School curricula have little room for sports. The Indian mentality continues: This means that those who focus on sports are not valued, but those who focus only on research are more valuable. With that in mind, how does India expect to compete in the Olympics with China, the United States, the United Kingdom, etc.? Another aspect is socio-economic factors such as poor health, infrastructure and nutrition. A small number of people have the luxury of participating in sports. Athletes do not come from rich classes, they usually come from middle and lower classes. In the 2020 Global Famine Index, India ranks 94th out of 107 countries with severe malnutrition. Improvements are needed in the health and nutrition of the country.
Government-wise analysis highlights the states of Punjab, Haryana and Odisha to produce more Olympics in the country. The government of Orissa is to be commended for its support of the Indian hockey team over the years. Regions need to identify two to three popular sports in their area and develop them to qualify for the Olympics. Coaches and trainers from India and abroad should be hired to provide world-class training, especially in sports that have the potential to win Indian medals. Sports should be decentralized and efficient training. The Tokyo Olympics were a promising event for India, promising even better performances for future events. India needs to strengthen its efforts to compete in international competitions and develop new talents. Athletes are honored only after winning medals. This is the only source of motivation for them. But at the very beginning, they need support, not just the individual efforts of the players, but the efforts of the entire nation to support those players. We must try to send a larger number to the Paris Olympics and participate in more sports.