New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) Within the not too long ago concluded Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, India put up a contingent of 215 sportspersons. Out of those, 42 had been from Haryana and so they received 20 medals out of the 61 the nation bagged. Haryana sportspersons received 9 gold, 5 silver, and 6 bronze medals at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games. The state accounts for lower than 2 p.c of the nation’s inhabitants.
The stats inform the story of Haryana’s domination of the Indian sports activities scene. Gamers from Haryana have been dominating each competitors. Be it the Nationwide Video games or on the Worldwide degree, gamers from Haryana have gotten everybody’s consideration with their performances.
General, greater than 30 p.c of India’s particular person medals in its whole Olympic historical past have been bagged by sportspersons from the state. Other than hockey, India have received 23 particular person medals within the Olympics thus far, with Haryana bagging seven of them.
This yr within the Tokyo Olympics, India’s most profitable marketing campaign within the prestigious quadrangular marquee sports activities occasion, with the nation bagging seven medals together with a historic gold by Neeraj Chopra within the javelin throw.
India’s contingent for the Tokyo Olympics included 126 athletes, out of which 31 had been from Haryana – almost 25 p.c of the whole.
So, what makes Haryana so successful in sports activities? For the reply to this query, now we have to go a little bit bit into the tradition of Haryana.
Maha Singh Rao, a wrestler and wrestling coach from Chirawa, Rajasthan, who has related to wrestlers like Olympic medal winners Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, has some completely different solutions for this.
“The state’s domination in sports activities is one way or the other linked to nearly all of its folks’s collective choice for a strong physique that helps them work the fields beneath a sweltering solar, get jobs within the army, and bask in sporting actions, extra possible wrestling,’ he mentioned.
“There’s hardly any village or metropolis in Haryana that doesn’t have a sports activities academy. There are medal winners in sports activities in each village. This has created an environment. And most necessary, gamers are getting unconditional help from the federal government. In Haryana, the federal government of any political social gathering doesn’t compromise within the matter of aiding the gamers. Haryana authorities offers jobs to the gamers. On successful the medal, it offers a reward of c”ores of rupees,” he mentioned.
“Sushil Kumar is a two-time Olympic-winning wrestler from Haryana, whose bronze medal within the 2008 Olympics is credited for reviving enthusiasm for athletics within the state,” he reasoned.
Maha Singh mentioned that the state, since then, has introduced residence medals for India in each Olympics, regardless that the nation as an entire has had little success.
Sport has at all times been an integral a part of rural Haryana, the place grapplers compete for prizes that vary from a fistful of money to a pot of ghee to nothing however village satisfaction. It has created an environment for sports activities tradition. Nearly each district has boxing and wrestling coaching centres. After which, regionally organised dangals which give fodder for future wrestlers. These rustic rings produced a few of India’s greatest wrestlers, together with the Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Phogat sisters, whose life and success spawned the 2016 Bollywood biographical blockbuster Dangal.
“After Tokyo, Neeraj Chopra turned an in a single day sensation and I’m certain he has already impressed many younger Haryana youngsters to take up the javelin,” Maha Singh Rao mentioned.
Lately Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar felicitated Commonwealth Wames medal-winning sportspersons in Chandigarh and mentioned that medal-winning sportspersons wanted to transcend successful particular person medals and encourage others in order that one medal may yield one other 5.