20 January, 2021

The Future Is Worse

The Future Is Worse

IN a reversal of the century-old motto of the Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association is now entitled—after Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta—to file a worldwide patent for the slogan 'slower, lower, weaker'. Clearly, our familiar four-yearly event of national breast-beating has not helped a wee bit. Nor will another 13-day mourning after Atlanta do any good unless we grasp the basic fact that national sports glory is just not possible without a widespread sports consciousness.

Our national Sports Consciousness Index can be seen from the statistic that, four years ago, three out of four Indians had neither the time, the inclination nor the facilities for sports. In stark contrast is the US where a survey, some 12 years ago, revealed that 96 per cent of all parents believe that sports competition is good for their children.

For sports consciousness to be aroused and alchemised into Olympic medals, what is needed most is a massive input of money for creating and sustaining a network of sports infrastructure comprising first-class playing fields and the...



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