Harrycool

January 2, 2011

Time to scrap the sports ministry

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , — HarryCool @ 9:42 am

Comparing the number of medals to population is not the right approach. It is a little deeper than just this simple math. USA has won so many medals despite less population because of overall high standard of living; China has low medals per million purely because population density is just way too high. Having a large population will not mean proportionate number of medals – the country needs to weigh up on the development index as well; Australia on the other hand is highly developed, less populated – so more attention and resources per million people, and in spite of heavy development and privatization – the state has added more funds and resources – obviously they will end up with a very high medal tally as a result of private and state focus on sport. Jamaica is a small country with extreme focus on sport with a low population. In fact I think, the right balance of low population and high development is what is making countries like USA, Australia and those in Europe succeed. There are outliers like China where the state is heavily involved and drives results.

I think the right country to compare and compete with is China with similar Population and Social Development levels. The difference is in clean governance. India cannot compete with the likes of USA and Australia even with a willing government simply because the amount of resources we can statistically dedicate (even far ahead in future) to an individual will be much less than that of US and Australia due to difference in population. I would have also favored the mix of State and Private involvement in Sport like in Australia but then with a fucked up government, it will only be the private involvement with the lure of money that will drive a cultural change and nothing else. Government should just back off and let the money make the world go round for its populace. But unfortunately, it is the money that our netas are also after and so they will never back off!

Solution to all problems of this country in a nutshell is – revolution. We need an uprising of sorts to get things straight. As you have very rightly said Sports “reflects” our soft power. We cannot excel in sport and not excel anywhere else. We need to fix the basics first and other areas like Sports will change on its own.

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