Success of the Tokyo Olympic: inspiring a new age of Indian athletes
By winning seven medals that included a gold in the Tokyo Olympics, Indian athletes are all set to usher India into the era of global domination in the field of sports.
The best performance by Indian athletes at Olympics to date, a moment of pride
For many years, the only laurel India could boast about in the Olympics was their successive victories in Hockey. And that too ended in the year1980. Indian athletes have struggled and suffered in oblivion but their performances in the Olympics were not medal-worthy. No doubt, athletes like P.T Usha and Milkha Singh gave some remarkable performances but still could not add to the Olympic medal tally for India. Subsequently, India did win a few medals in sports like wrestling and even won gold in shooting with a remarkable performance by Abhinav Bindra, but they failed when it came to the Olympics mother sports like gymnastics, athletics, or swimming. But all of this changed with Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold in Javelin’s throw. Not only that with one gold, two silver, and four bronze medals even overshadowed their performance in the London Olympics.
How do medals act as a catalyst to inspire young people to pursue different sports?
This amazing record does serve as inspiration or we could say the catalyst to inspire many young people to pursue various sports. Our record suggests that it did so in past, with Abhinav Bindra winning the gold medal in shooting, we saw a rise of people taking interest in shooting and giving birth to a new breed of Olympic shooters. So, winning medals in different categories would lead to youth investing their time and efforts in learning the ropes of being an Olympic athlete. But being an Olympic champion depends not just on the athlete’s hard work. Many other factors gointo the making of a champion.
Planning the road for Indian athletes
India needs to work on some key areas that help produce world-class athletes. First of all, they should develop world-class infrastructure to groom and develop future athletes. Secondly, scout for talented children who have the potential to go a long way in certain sports. Trust us, athletes would not always come to the right place, sometimes you have to go out and find hidden talents that go unnoticed by the majority.
It’s time for India to shine in Olympics, so always remember Cricket is not the only sport in our country!