Although, India performed very well in the Asian Games, 2018 the number of opportunities to win gold in Jakarta were many, Indian athletes didn’t grasp them. Instead, our athletes ‘settled’ for the silver medals and Bronze medals. Not only in Asian Games, 2018 but in recent India tour of England, our well renowned cricket team impressed everyone with their ‘aggressive’ approach but failed to deliver in the tour as a whole. The biggest upset or the best example of our Indian teams choking was displayed by our 97th ranked, Indian Football team in the recent SAFF Tournament. Although, the team that we were playing were very young, and did very well in Tournament. India again ‘settled’ for a runner up finish as they lost to 198th ranked Maldives team in the final.
“Inshallah, the boys played well”- is a phrase fans in India—one of the world's most populous nations and fastest growing economies- are settling for. For the longest time, we were sold the story that we were not genetically conditioned to achieve at sport but a flurry of our athletes, across disciplines, have now permanently demolished that myth.
While there is never a bad time for better governance, I believe there has never been a more important time in Indian sport for it. Our athletes are equally motivated by social media and private profit-motives.
With 2nd largest population in the world, India has just one individual medal in Olympics with Abhinav Bindra and rest being bronze or silvers, despite of prodigious talents India has produced, they haven’t lived up to their expectations. From, Karnam Malleswari in 2000, Sydney Olympics to Vijender Singh’s Beijing Olympics,22018, great Indian athletes haven’t finished the job(win gold) on the World stage.