Rio Olympics 2016 – How it all went wrong for India


As India awaits a better medal count at the Summer Games this year, we all sit pondering as to what keeps going wrong. Sending the biggest ever contingent (118) this year, the country has failed to replicate its historic performance from the London Olympics 2012. However, the “system” never falls short of living up to its standards set in the past for being totally muddled, incompetent and ignorant of the imperative aspects of the Olympics’ games.

Here is a list of the errors and blunders made by the lethargic and corrupt system due to which India’s medal tally doesn’t seem to rise significantly.


#1 Appointment of a radiologist as the Chief Medical Officer

As a bunch of the nation’s heroes are competing in the Summer Games, there are several members of the contingent who are having a ‘vay-cay’ moment in Brazil. A storming debate centered on the appointment of Pawandeep S. Kohli as the Chief Medical Officer of the contingent being a radiologist by profession who happens to be the son of the vice-president of the IOA (Indian Olympic Association), Tarlochan Singh, is a remarkable example of the system being fraudulent. Complaints against Kohli have been made for prescribing “Combiflam” to the athletes experiencing pain.


#2 Inadequate funds

Funding plays a major hand in making the athletes finish on the podium. Backed by a very few private sector sponsors, the lack of resources continues to be a problem for the Indian contingent. Dipa Karmarkar, the produnova specialist, was seen competing shoeless with an ill-fitted apparel. Dutee Chand, 100m sprinter, was provided running spikes a mere 20 days prior to the opening of the Games. Manish Rawat, a 25 year old racewalker, being an extreme case of poverty was not provided any support by the Federation earning just Rs.1500 during his professional career back home. The United Kingdom declared that it spends an estimate 5.5 million pounds on each medal winner.


#3 The laidback attitude of the Sports Ministry

According to reports, Dipa Karmarkar who has been recently named for the Khel Ratna award had requested SAI for her long time physio to travel with her to Rio. SAI had deemed this request as “wasteful”. However, after her qualification for the finals, the physio was rushed to Rio to accompany Dipa. Several more requests for a personal physio from other members of the contingent were rejected too.


#4 No Food Supplies

Training camps set up for athletes before the Games reportedly did not provide them with food supplements. If at all the supplements were provided, they were generic specific not athlete specific. Having not dispensed a proper diet to the players, many were forced to intake several performance enhancing drugs putting their careers on the line to maintain their form .This is the sole reason as to why over 600 athletes have been banned since 2006 by NADA.

Currently, India’s medal tally totals 2 (1 silver, 1 bronze) as of Day 14.

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Manhar Manchanda (Department of Economics)

17 Years Old. Currently pursuing BA Honours in the Economics Department, PU. A Movie buff, a Beatles/Nirvana fan, love to play the guitar and write songs.


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