24 November, 2020

Indian Sport Needs Urgent Reforms, Writes Ashwini Nachappa

Indian sport, monstrously run as ever, needs urgent reforms. A flicker is visible.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Indian Sport Needs Urgent Reforms, Writes Ashwini Nachappa

After our creditable performance in the Com­monwealth Games, there is much to look forward to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. With over 500 Indian athletes taking part and some recent world-class performances by them in events like track and field and archery, there is expectation of a larger medal haul than the 57 won in 2014. Of course, there is China, Japan and South Korea, who were not part of the CWG, to contend with. So, it won’t be as easy for India.

Junior world and Indian record holder in javelin, Neeraj Chopra, 400m ace Hima Das and Mohammad Anas will be the ones to look out for in athletics. Our archery team led by Deepika Kumari can also fetch us medals. Then there is our badminton team, with P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi and others who have world-beating potential, having proven that the hegemony of the Chinese, Indonesians and Malays can be broken.

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