My heartiest congratulation to Sushil Kumar for winning Bronze in wrestling. I am very happy for Sushil, his family, his coach, friends and all Indians.
Bhiwini is a small town in the ‘hinterland’ of Haryana. Bhiwini is largely known as ‘City of Temples’ or WAS known as, until yesterday. Bhiwini from now on will be known as ‘Indian Nursery of Boxing Champs’.
Winners, Coaches and the Boxing team from Bhiwini deserve a standing ovation for their superb performance.
Pugilist Vijender Kumar…
Has secured ‘Bronze’ already and I wish him all the luck and urge to “Go for the GOLD”. God willing you WILL SURELY WIN.
I am glad that Abhinav, Sushil and now Vijender have given us some thing to smile in these torrid times. My Personal congratulations to each of them and wish them ‘ all the very best’ for future too.
Having said this, I still reiterate what I said in my earlier post ‘Congratulations Abhinav Bindra’ that these Brave Winners have won and done us proud ‘not because of Indian Sport Administration’ – they have won DESPITE the Indian Sport Administration.
Why I am saying this? Have a look at this…
Indian sportspersons, other than cricketers, may be crying for recognition, and not without reason. Even the country’s Sports Minister MS Gill on Tuesday failed to recognise former All-England champion shuttler and current national coach Pullela Gopichand.
The incident happened when Gopichand and his ward Saina Nehwal – back from the Beijing Olympics – went to pay a courtesy visit to the sports minister. While Gill greeted Saina heartily, he failed to recognise Gopichand when the latter shook hands with him.
“Who are you?” the minister asked Gopichand, leaving all those present dumbstruck and quite embarassed.
Gopichand, however, took the ministerial lapse sportingly, and introduced himself as the national coach.
Asked about the incident by mediapersons, he said: “It’s ok. I didn’t feel bad.”
The rot in Indian Sport Administration starts from the Top! I do not know weather to ‘Cry’ or ‘laugh’!
Abhinav, Sushil, Vijender who won and all those who put up ‘credible and competitive’ performances need all the appreciation and encouragement.
Winners do need and deserve all the cash awards and rewards. Their win proves empathetically that India does not lack either in Talent or in Determination. It further proves that if only we had provided better facilities our ‘medal tally’ would have at least been more respectable in proportion to our Nation’s size and population.
If London 2012 should be really “Chak de India” moment, then let us get back to drawing table and set our priorities right. Or least, learn some few many lessons from the ‘Bhiwini Brigade’.