Gagan Narang of India made the nation proud by scoring India’s maiden medal at the London Olympics 2012. The Indian side, this time, is the largest one sent by India, so far and is expected to perform quite well at the Olympics. To state frankly, India has a very dismal record at the Olympics. In Beijing, India won a Gold medal while this time, we got a bronze medal, till now. Of course, the Olympics are not over yet and India is expected to win another medal or two. The main contenders for winning a medal for India are Saina Nehwal, Vijender Singh and of course, Gagan Narang. Gagan Narang, the poster boy of Indian Olympics still has two events to play, which will be held on August 3rd and 6th respectively.
With a very powerful contingent, India should be happy that it has sent quality players to the Olympics this time around. However, a very important question continues to haunt the mind of sports lovers. Have Indians become complacent? Gagan Narang has been described as the person who has made India proud. Indeed, he has. However, how can a nation with more than a billion people, a superpower in its own right, be satisfied to the point of being complacent with only one medal? It is likely that India will win another medal, something which will be described as ‘historical’ in India. With China, our neighbor, with whom we always like to make comparison, wins 100 medals, we win 1 or 2 and still stay happy. If this is the best India has sent, then I must admit, our sportsmen are severely lacking.
India, the next superpower of the world, needs to pull up its socks and come fully prepared for the net Olympics in 2016.