The 2016 Rio Olympics are getting closer to half way mark and chart toppers so far are the expected names like the US and China.
For India, it’s a new heartbreak story each day, and the medals count for the nation of 1.2 billion looks like -
The best case scenarios predict may be 2–3 medals, while the 120 strong Indian contingent had gone in with a target of 10 medals.
Why does India not win? Same chatter every 4 years and the same old culprits - Lack of political will, infrastructure, sporting culture, corruption, people like Kalmadi, and so on.
So here’s my suggestion on what can an Indian citizen do to help? - I’d say take a break from the usual chatter, forget what Shobha De has to say on twitter …
Rather why don’t we all take some time out and push our own individual selves to our respective physical limits or beyond as a mark of our commitment and a constructive wish for India to do better.
I am talking ‘everyone’ - young, old, men, women, kids, fit, unfit, rural, urban, … Whatever your limit is - if you are able to climb up to 3rd floor using stairs, try going to 4th or 5th or 6th until you are exhausted. If you able to run for 20 minutes, try going to 30 or 40 or 60. If you can walk for an hour, try going for 2 or 3 hours. As the Nike slogan goes, Just do it.
You may wonder how this would help. I have no way of proving or even articulating how this would help, but somehow have a firm belief that if millions of Indians do that, it would create a hugely positive vibe.
And it will, in a strange way, contribute to our success in future Olympics.