India competed on the Olympics for the primary time manner again in the course of the 1900 Paris Video games the place Norman Pritchard bagged two silver medal in athletics. This was adopted by a two decade hiatus from the quadrennial occasion earlier than the nation despatched its first correct delegation to the Olympics in the course of the 1920 Amsterdam Video games, because of the efforts of Sir Dorabji Tata.
Ever since, the nation has been a relentless function on the Olympics and has by no means missed a single version. Whereas the Indian contingent turned stronger with every passing version of the Video games, the efficiency remained static.
Although the Indians dominated the game of hockey for years on the Olympics, their efficiency in different sports activities didn’t impress; and for the reason that decline of Indian hockey within the Eighties the nation has been unable to search out any occasion the place it may bag medals constantly.
India’s efficiency within the Olympics has been so poor through the years that the nation has not managed to return with a double digit medal tally ever from the Video games. The truth is the nation’s best-ever present within the quadrennial occasion got here in the course of the 2012 London Olympics when it clinched a complete of 6 medals, with 2 silver and 4 bronze.
Whereas the 28 medals gained by India within the Olympics through the years is definitely not one thing to detest, there’s something even fascinating when one digs deeper.
Do you know India has the worst inhabitants to medals ratio amongst all of the international locations which have participated within the Olympics?
Sure, you learn that proper. India’s inhabitants to medal ratio within the Olympics stands at mere 0.0008.
India is adopted by Iraq and Sudan who’ve a inhabitants to Olympic medal ratio of 0.0017 and 0.0019 respectively.
On the opposite aspect, Bahamas has the very best medal to inhabitants ratio of two.31, and is adopted by Finland and Estonia who stand at 2.21 and a couple of.15 respectively.
One side which this knowledge clearly exposes is the truth that India has didn’t convert its potential into medals through the years. The nation has failed to offer obligatory help and has didn’t mobilise the residents to take up sports activities.
Whereas these elements are undoubtedly altering slowly, all we are able to do is sit and hope for a greater present by the Indian athletes on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is scheduled to begin in lower than 5 days time.