Its all over the news, its been a fairly decent outing at the Games for the Indian contingent, second only to the tough-as-nails Aussies. People are celebrating, some are mildly proud. There is, all in all, a feeling of euphoria in the air, something is well and truly at work. However, as we rejoice in our ongoing bullion conquests, its time we also ask ourselves: When is the next step?
Don't get us wrong, we are just as proud as almost everybody around us, all the laurels are well-deserved and well-earned. Yet, given the step-motherly treatment meted out to the "other" sports of India, this is probably as far that many athletes will go in their lifetime- their crowning glory, their moment of nirvana. However, to be well and truly a great sporting nation, we must excel at all levels of competition, against all odds. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, we're talking the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and you-name-it. Every once in a while, we have the Abhinav Bindras and the Rajyavardhan Singh Rathores. But, how often and how many? As a people who pride themselves in pragmatism, we definitely know better. And not just that, we also deserve better. So, what is it that prevents us from churning out Vishwanathan Anands the way we produce the Sehwags and the Yuvraj Singhs. Till when will our thirst for Grand-Slams be inadequately quenched by doubles and mixed doubles titles? When is it that we'll see a young Naga or Mizo lad score at Anfield and Stamford Bridge? How long shall we be myopic in our vision of sport? The cynosure of all eyes has always been firmly on The Gentleman's Game, and frankly, we're getting the headaches now.
Yes, we have some idea. Corrupt bureaucrats, lack of corporate funding etc. But what else? And as an intelligent and aware youth, can we do something about it? Are things changing? Or are we being overly cynical? Are we asking too many questions?
Maybe its because there aren't too many answers.