How can India win more medals in Olympics?
A framework to identify the right problems, propose solutions and implement
Author – Ravindra
(Reading time ~ 4 mins)
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.
Step 1: Identify the process involved in creating medal-winners
Step 2: Based on the process, identify the key groups or stakeholders
Step 3: Create a framework of these groups and highlight the interlinkages
Step 4: Understand the status quo in the groups and set goals, which will lead us to enlist solutions to fill the gap in the two. Of course the solutions will have to be looked in totality and not just in isolation
Step 5: Implement the identified solution, learn from implementation and make necessary changes
This post seeks to target the first three steps only. The other two steps will be taken in the following posts along with due feedback from the identified groups in step 2.
The process of creating champions is:
Great, so now we know the process involved. If we look closely we will see that there are six groups who are/can influence the fate of sports performance namely:
Hence we have a framework ready called MEDALS (Mediators Enterprises Distinguished Audience Leads Support) is supposed to help us win more medals.
Before delving down in the details of every group of this framework I would like to get feedback from you all for anything that I might have missed or over highlighted. I would appreciate if the suggestions for now are specific and limited to creating a strong framework and not jumping to solutions. We will together take this to the next level but step by step.