Speaking about Dipa Karmakar, who came fourth, Abhinav Bindra explains how it’s impressive that Karmakar even came fourth. Or if any of the Indian athletes even qualify.
First, Dipa Karmakar’s physiotherapist was not able to travel with her. And was only rushed to Rio after she made the finals, contrary to what has been claimed publicly.
Second, India’s chief medical officer at the Olympics, is a radiologist called Pawandeep Tony Singh. He knows nothing about sports medicine. When athletes went to him, his solution for all pains was Combiflam. That he was having a gala time at the Games has been reported by all athletes I’ve spoken with – hanging out by the pool, drinking from 3 pm. Tony Singh is the son of Tarlochan Singh, who is the Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association.
Third, the IOA has taken a huge delegation of state Olympic office bearers to get votes in future. They were all flown business class, while the athletes were flown in economy. Despite accreditation being limited, it is being given to officials rather than the support staff of the athletes.
Four, the IOA president, Narayana Ramachandran has not met the athletes even once, till the writing of this article.
The lead-up to the Games was a shambles with the appointment of Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan, A R Rahman and Bindra as ambassadors. Except for the last, the other choices were puzzling. Why appoint a cricketer as a brand ambassador to the Olympics?
Interestingly, the United States of America which has led the medals tally for years has no Minister for Sport. Why not abolish the post and the apparatus which goes along with it. It may well lead us to surprise ourselves in Tokyo. Country of 125 crore people, mainly male dominated, and its 1st medal is won by a woman from a extremely male dominating state of Haryana with lowest female sex ratio that too on a day which is celebrated as Raksha bandhan day in a wrestling sport, supposed to be Men’s game !!
Irony hits really hard always !