I am not able to understand why there is such a huge disparity in the performance of Indian sportsmen and sportswomen in two major international events – The 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games.
To illustrate my point further, I present the medal tally of three teams – India, Australia and England below, for both the competitions. The reason for comparing these three teams in particular, is the fact that all three of them had participated in both the 2008 Olympic games and the 2010 Commonwealth games.
Country Position/Rank Medals: Total Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Beijing Olympics
England 4 47 19 13 15
Australia 6 46 14 15 17
India 50 3 1 0 2
2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
Australia 1 177 74 55 48
India 2 101 38 27 36
England 3 142 37 60 45
Do you see my point? The 2008 Beijing Olympics was held just two years before the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games. While India was able to secure only the 50th position in the Beijing Olympics, it has secured the 2nd position in the Delhi Commonwealth games surpassing England, which had secured the 4th position in the 2008 Olympics.
I don’t understand the logic, if there can be one in these matters. I guess both the competitions should have been similar and should have had (almost) the same sporting events. India did have the home advantage in the Commonwealth games, but does that justify such a big difference in rankings? This is not cricket right, preparing a pitch for spinners at home and having to play at the pitches prepared for pace abroad… BTW cricket was not even included in the CWG.
Does that mean that England and Australia do not send their best participants for the commonwealth games? I guess not, many of the best sportspeople would want to participate in a major event like the CWG. Does that mean that games that were not included in the Olympics were included in the CWG? Perhaps a few, but again these factors cannot create such a huge disparity in the rankings?
Looking at India’s excellent 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games performance, can we hope that Indians will do better in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics? Well, why not hope? We do have the solid CWG performance to back our hopes…
Join me in wishing all the best for Indian sportsmen and sportswomen at the 2012 London Olympics. Go for the medals, India!
PS: In the meanwhile, if you are able to solve the above mystery do let me know in the comments section.