What are the reasons behind the poor performance of India in Olympics?



Payal Sharma, works at Tech Mahindra

I will give a few reasons here:

1.This is Manish Rawat (the one in blue, behind the athlete). He finished 13th in the 20 km walk event at Rio.




The question was about medals and I’m giving the name of a person who stood 13th! You may wonder why? Here’s why.

This guy from Uttarakhand, works two part time jobs and when he started his career in this sport he used to get the pension money of his father, 1,500 INR (25$) to survive with his family. For every single athlete, countries like US, UK, and Japan spends thousands of dollars. But here in India, when a guy practices the event on his own, without much help from the government, he is laughed at. 20 km walk might be a funny sight for many because of the posture an athlete has to walk in. But they don’t understand the posture is like that because the feet have to be planted on the ground. It is not a duck walk. When Manish practiced on the streets of India, he was laughed and mocked at. When athletes from most of the countries who have opened there medal account in Rio, were practicing on tracks with high end shoes, this guy from India started his practice on the streets and roads with normal running shoes.

No one (including me) had even heard his name until he achieved this feat. And even now, not many know his story because the main focus is how India hasn't won a single gold medal in 2016 Olympics.

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2.Every single Indian knows her today. Yes, she is Dipa Karmakar

2. 今天每个印度人都认识她。没错,她就是迪帕·卡玛卡

印度跳马运动员 迪帕·卡玛卡

She won the same 1.25 billion hearts on the eve on our Independence day when she stood 4th in Vault gymnastics among the world’s best gymnasts. She performed the most dangerous ‘death’ vault, Produnova vault to achieve this glory. But has anyone given a thought, as to why she chose this vault (7.0 difficulty) and not any other vault which is not high risk but with a decent enough difficulty of 6.3 or 6.4? Because that’s how desperate she was to go to Olympics and represent India. Her coach and she knew with the amount of facilities and support provided by our Indian government for gymnasts, they couldn't qualify at the biggest stage for gymnastics. They had to take this risk. Even though death is possibility, gymnasts try this vault as it guarantees them seven points because of the difficulty level and even a little faulty execution gives them a chance at medal. Dipa did not come 4th because of the high class coaching, facilities, equipment, physios provided to her in India. She did this because she put her life at risk to achieve success and glory.

When you see Indian media showing her videos of training, it is just sad to see the state of the equipment and facilities there. Think for yourself, would Dipa take up this risky vault if she was given the state of art facilities and equipment Simon Biles or Wang Yan received?



3.Lalita Babar, who was the third Indian women athlete to enter a track events finals, stood 10th in her 3000 m steeplechase.

3.Lalita Babar是第三位进入田径项目决赛的印度女运动员,她在3000米障碍赛跑中名列第十。

Lalita Babar是第三位进入田径项目决赛的印度女运动员

She used to run half marathons earlier to earn the prize money offered by these marathons. Yes, she had a Russian coach for a brief period of time. But did we know her from before until she qualified for the finals? Did she get the training and facilities like her fellow runners from different parts of the world?


4.Dutee Chand, who qualified for women’s 100m in Rio this year, stood 50th.

4. 今年里约热内卢女子100米决赛的Dutee Chand排名第50。

里约热内卢女子100米决赛的Dutee Chand排名第50

This picture is of our 100m sprinter Dutee Chand, who was the first Indian woman to qualify for Olympics in this event. Yes, the same Dutee Chand, who our Sports Minister Vijay Goel, mistook as Srabani Nanda. How does our own Sports minister doesn't know who is taking part in Olympics this year? Her story is commendable though. In 2014, she was stuck with hyperandrogenism case. In short, the athletics world failed to recognise Chand as a female. Her family income was a mere 3,000 INR (50$) and it was very tough for her to fight her own case. She was embarrassed and scared to go out of her house. It was a lonely fight for her. But one day, in a landmark CAS judgement, her ability to compete as a female athlete was restored. She worked hard. Broke her own national record. In a similar case, South Africa’s Caster Semenya failed her gender test. But her country fought for her unlike India, whereas Dutee fought for her own dignity and dream all by herself! She may not be the best when compared to other female 100m sprinters, not even close to be in top ten. But what she has achieved today, is something to be proud of.

5.There are many such inspiring stories in the 100 plus Indian contingent which went to Rio this year. The highest till date. We Indians are so proud of them. But instead of receiving the love, they get this.

I don’t want to say anything more about why this hateful tweet was written, who wrote it, when was it written etc. All I want to ask is, do they deserve all the hatred without even getting the minimum support and facilities?


5. 在今年参加里约热内卢的100多名印度选手中,有许多这样鼓舞人心的故事。我们印度人为他们感到骄傲。但是他们得到的不是爱,而是这个。



Rahul Raj, Proud Indian, IIT KGPian

There are simple and well known reasons for the debacle of India in the Olympics. Well, you know that Indian society is obsessed with turning their children into doctors and engineers. Every year, around 2.5 million young children go for preparation of medical and engineering exams. And this perpetual cycle continues…

Here, it is cool to prepare for engineering & medical exams and fail. Whereas it is uncool to excel in sports and dreaming to have a career in sports. Why? Because most people want only three things: money, money and money.

The day ‘being a sportsperson’ will become as equally acceptable as ‘being a doctor or engineer’ for Indian society, India will win podium finishes in Olympics. And I bet if that day comes, we will be in the top five in the medal tally.

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Let me give you an example.

Had Michael Phelps been an Indian, this is the conversation that is most likely to happen between a 16 year old Phelps and a typical Indian uncle-

Sharma uncle: Phelps! What do you do?

Phelps: Uncle, I am a professional swimmer.

Uncle: Well, that’s a good hobby. But what do you do?

Phelps: I am a competitive swimmer.

Uncle: Yes, I know. Swimming is good for health also. But what do you do? Like medical or engineering?

Phelps: (speechless)














Graeme Shimmin, Commercially published novelist.

All India needs to do to increase the number of Olympic medals it wins is start investing twenty billion rupees a year in supporting its elite athletes.

For comparison and to show the effect of investment, it’s useful to look at the rise of the British Olympic team:




In the Atlanta Olympics of 1996, Britain was 36th in the medal table, wng only a single gold medal. After that relative failure, funding sky-rocketed, increasing to over a quarter of a billion pounds (over twenty billion rupees) a year .

As well as sheer amount of investment, there has been a fairly brutal focussing, targeting investment only on sports with medal potential. Some sports where there is little chance of Britain wng a medal have had funding cut completely - volleyball for example.

All that means that elite British athletes with medal potential have now got a huge amount of financial support and access to the best coaching and training facilities.

And so they win: in 2012 Britain was third in the medal table, wng twenty-nine gold medals. It’s on target to do similarly in Rio, having won sixteen gold medals already.

On average, each medal costs Britain £4.5 million (~400 million rupees)

Where did the money come from? A National Lottery - twenty percent of the proceeds from the British National Lottery are allocated to sport.

India has a huge population, and human genetic potential is spread evenly across the world, so there are plenty of people in India with the potential to win Olympic medals, but they never get a chance.

So, the question is simply this: does India want to win medals at the Olympics? If so then it simply has to start investing in its athletes.





平均而言,英国为每一枚奖牌投入的成本是£450万(~ 4亿卢比)





Saurabh Tripathi, a good gully cricketer

There are many reasons for the poor performance of Indian players in Olympics. I will state a few

  1. Infrastructure:

In my school I had a boy who was interested in hockey. Ours was a central school but still our school had no hockey kit, not to forget hockey used to be our national game once. That boy was forced to play cricket as our coach argued that cricket has more scope. Maybe if he was coached well in hockey he may bring a medal to the country.

  1. Common belief

Cricket is the only game one can pursue career in. Parents don't want their child to play any other game other than cricket, because cricketers are millionaires.

  1. Lack of support from own media

These things demotivated our players that too when they are in Olympic village.

  1. Support from people

Most of us never watch any other game other than cricket, hockey. We should support them because this motivates them to perform better.

These are some of the reasons for poor performance of our players at Olympics.


1. 基础设施:


2. 共同的信念




4. 国民支持




Esha Changotra, studied at The NorthCap University

When Usain Bolt was asked in Rio why his tiny Jamaica is such an athletics powerhouse, his answer was simple: the island’s unique sporting culture. The key, the grestest sprinter in history was said, was Jamaica’s annual sports competition, ‘Champs’, which puts kids into hardcore competitive limelight early on, palying to packed stadiums and on TV. “It is just that we have a good system”, argued Bolt.

In reality, there are four main reasons why India suck at the Olympics,

1.We just don't care much about Olympic sports (except when the Olympics is on and that is the cool thing to do).

2.We don’t value excellence in society as much. Jugaad and mediocrity often work just fine, though they can't get us medals.

3.We don't spend enough or in the right direction to win Olympic medals. Olympic medals are a consequence not of population but access to facilities.

4.We don't have good genes (bizzare, as Indians are a very large and diverse gene pool) parents don't encourage kids to play sports as they think it has no future.

We don't have a decent sporting culture or a grassroots pipeline to catch young talent in Olympic sports. Our medal tally has regressed and so has our system, but look deeper and you will find that our sportspersons have made significant strides in Rio despite the structural bottlenecks. And for a country with less individual medals in a century than Michael Phelps alone, for 118 atheletes to qualify for Rio is so many new disciples and to make inroads despite a terrible system is evidence that siomething new is happening in Indian sport. So no rona about Rio, India's done better than you think









Vichitra Zawar, Keen follower of sports!

The possible reasons can be,

  • Games in which we excel are not in Olympics :

Kabaddi : A sure Gold.

Snooker : A sure Gold. (Pankaj Advani)

Chess : A probable Gold. (Viswanathan Anand)

Cricket : A probable Gold.

and many more..

  • Poor infrastructure : Countries like USA, spend millions of Dollars for a single medal whereas our athletes Manish Singh does 2 part time jobs. There are many more examples like Manish Singh.
  • Nobody backs them up : Our sport Minister does not knows the exact name of the ones who make us proud.
  • The ones who don’t know about sports are commenting :
  • Lack of physical fitness : Even a middle class family has a servant to fetch children with a glass of water.
  • No country can be good at everything : We produce finest Engineers, managers , Entrepreneurs. Maybe athletics is not yet too mainstream.
  • Our society never takes athletics seriously : Sharma Uncle will always consider swimming and Cycling as a hobby and will not accept it as a profession.

Jai Hind!


  • 我们擅长的运动并不是奥运会比赛项目:






  • 基础设施差:美国、这样的国家为一枚奖牌投入数百万美元,而我们的运动员曼尼什·辛格则要打两份零工。这样的例子还有很多,比如曼尼什·辛格。
  • 没有人支持他们:我们的体育部长还搞不清那些让我们骄傲的人的准确姓名。
  • 对体育不了解的人在夸夸其谈:
  • 体力不足:即使是中产阶级家庭也有佣人帮孩子们端茶送水。
  • 没有哪个国家在所有领域都很擅长:我们培养了最好的工程师、经理和企业家。也许体育运动还不太主流。
  • 我们的社会从来没有认真对待过体育运动:沙玛大叔总是把游泳和骑自行车视为一种爱好,但无法接受把运动作为一种职业。

Jai Hind!



Divyam Shukla, True Nationalist Beware of pseudo ones.

The simple reason is we don’t give any importance to sports. Most of The Indians can remember their school life and also the students who are studying currently do not have the liberty to choose sports. They have to study only study.

  • We are still fighting for Toilets and respect for girls in our country. The giving a thought to sports is nowhere.
  • If we leave the metro cities like Delhi & Mumbai. The infrastructure is none for sports. Even the schools do not have their own playgrounds. And If they want to promote sports they can not simply due to high student to teacher ratio.


  • 我们还在为厕所和尊重女孩而奋斗。没精力考虑体育。
  • 如果我们离开德里和孟买等大城市。根本没有体育运动的基础设施。甚至连学校都没有自己的操场。如果他们想促进体育运动的发展,不能光靠提高师生比例。


Thats Why sports is for them who have money. Here you can see the Infrastructure.

  • The situation at Government Schools except KV & JNV’s is too grim. Here Govt schools do not have any sports teacher. Oh sorry, our govt. schools do not have the subject teachers. The thought of having a sports teacher is still very far.


  • 政府学校的情况非常严峻。这里的公立学校没有体育老师。哦,对不起,我们的公立学校根本没有学科教师。想要配备体育老师,是一个还太过缥缈的想法。


This is the prototype primary government school of our country. Don’t need any explanation you can self evaluate the situation.

  • Now come to college level, here corruption is at peak. Students who are dedicated for sports are in very hopeless position. The deserving one will not be selected by their coaches. And the one who will pour money for certificates they will get the entry.
  • Now , if you see the preparation of athletes who usually participate in track and field events. They need a balanced diet & protein. Which costs them upto 15- 20 thousand INR per month. So these situation makes them difficult to keep playing.
  • And our thinking towards sports other than cricket is everybody knows. These are the few reasons why we cant win more medal.

Logic is simple, If 70 percent of the population of our country is in the villages and in the remote places then we need to invest there. Not merely by having investment in New Delhi or in Mumbai will not enhance the situation.

But Against all these odds, We have superstars. And In this Olympics our players have played well. I think the Luck was harsh on Indians. Otherwise many of our sports persons played well, they have given nail biting competition to their opponents.


  • 现在说说大学的情况,腐败猖獗。那些为体育运动奉献心血的学生处于非常绝望的境地。才华出众的人不会被他们的教练选中。舍得为证书下大血本的人就可以拿到入场券。
  • 现在,如果你去看看经常参加田径赛事的运动员的准备工作就知道了。他们需要均衡的饮食和蛋白质。每月花费高达15000-20000卢比。所以这些情况让他们很难继续参赛。
  • 我们对板球以外的运动的看法是众所周知的。这些就是为什么我们没能赢得更多奖牌的若干原因。



1.Abhinav Bindra



Abhinav Bindra came fourth missed by a margin but nobody cares although it was a very good performence.


2.Dipa Karmakar-

2. 迪帕卡尔玛卡


This Tripura Girl came fourth instead of she missed bronze by a whisker.


3.Atanu Das-

3. 阿塔努达斯

印度射击运动员Atanu Das

Have you seen his match the round of 16 or quarterfinal match. His counterpart of South Korea and Atanu were playing a match of another level. Which lasted till 5th set. And in the end Atanu was defeated. So India needed some luck also.

there were many such performances which can not be converted into medals instead of good show.




Vibhu Paruchuri, Indian sports fan

Before, I proceed with my answer I’d like to say I’m a big fan of P.V Sindhu.

The main reason for not wng a lot in Olympics , is lack of expenditure on sports(excluding cricket) and hence lack of training facilities.

We splurge a lot after wng a medal, but we don’t spend to get those medals.

Let’s take an example:

P.V Sindhu won a silver medal in Women’s singles-Badminton in Rio Olympics.



印度女子羽毛球运动员P.V Sindhu

While, it is definitely a great achievement, look at the way our country has splurged:

1.Rs. 5 cr and 1000 square feet land in Hyderabad by Govt. of Telangana.

2.Rs. 3 cr and 1000 square feet land in Amravati Region by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

3.Rs. 2 cr from Govt. of Delhi.

4.Rs. 75 lakh from Bharat Petroleum.

5.Rs. 50 lakh from Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.

6.Rs. 50 lakh from Govt. of Harayana.

7.Rs. 50 lakh from Ministry of Youth affairs and and sports.

8.Rs. 50 lakh from Badminton Association of India.

9.Rs. 50 lakh NRI Businessman Mukattu Sebastian.

10.Rs. 30 lakh from IOA.

11.Rs. 25 lakh from Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas.

12.Rs. 25 lakh from BCCI VP Gokaraju Gangaraju.

13.Rs 1.01 lakh from Salman Khan.

14.BMW car from President of Hyderabad District Badminton Association.










9.500万卢比,印度侨商Mukattu Sebastian。


11.250万卢比,维杰亚瓦达议员Kesinei Srinivas 。

12.250万卢比,来自BCCI副总裁Gokaraju Gangaraju。



All this comes to a total - upwards of Rs 16 cr.

While she deserves cash prizes,but this seems to be a bit too extravagant. Even if half of this was announced for develo Badminton Facilities, especially facilities like Pullela Gopichand Academy, the sport would go a long way, and there would be many more champions wng laurels for our country.

Coming to Pullela Gopichand Academy, it has produced many star players like:




Saina Nehwal


印度女子羽毛球运动员Saina Nehwal

 Srikanth Kidambi


印度运动员Srikanth Kidambi

and of course P.V Sindhu and many more.

If so many world-class players could come from a single Badminton Academy, imagine how many more could come from a country of a billion people, if money is invested in proper training facilities and trainers/coaches.

In fact, Great Britin spent an average of 5.5 million pounds per medal.

Obviously, we should not expect such an investment into sports because we still are a a develo country, and we have lot more problems to worry about, but it still needs to increase.

I seriously hope, we spend on sports in the near future but the problem is with the people of our country, interest peaks only when the Olympics or the Asian Games are going on and then the interest slowly fades to being virtually non-exstent, and suddenly sees an upward trend, when the next olympics come.

Preparing for Olympics cannot be done in a year or two, it needs decades.

Here’s ho for a better sporting future in India.








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