Do you know that India won 2 medals (silvers) in Olympics in 1900 with only 1 athlete representing India? Then after winning 1 medal in every Olympics from 1928 to 1948 (all were Gold) we managed to win 2 medals again in 1952. The next jump in this number only came in the year of 2008 where we won 3 medals (including 1 Gold). India then rejoiced with 6 medals in 2012, but back to the number 2 in 2016.
In this Olympic year again, the performance of Indian athletes at Olympics has become a popular topic of discussions and debates. Many believe that India has not performed well at Olympics and there are some fundamental changes required to improve the situation. However, equally many also believe that winning two medals at Olympics in 2016 is a great achievement and we should celebrate it along with working to win more medals in the future.
Whatever the take may be one thing that everyone believes is that the performance in the future has to improve. With this (once in four years) concern of improving sports performance of India, people are jumping to solutions without understanding the problem. Some of the solutions proposed recently are: India will have to wait till 2050 and let the GDP reach the level similar to the medal winning nations, improvement of the sports infrastructure is the only solution, right attitude of the policy makers and implementers will do wonders and the upliftment of women in the society is the solution.
All these solutions are valid and will definitely make an impact on the sports performance however these solutions will not work in isolation. There is a need to first identify the problems in the present system and understand how they are interconnected to each other to be finally able to propose non-isolated solutions and an implemention plan.