Aiming for gold
Haryana is foremost in sports achievement but others must equal it if India is to have an impressive showing in London 2012
by Harpal Singh Bedi
HE vision statement of the study titled “Sports Performance Assessment of Indian States”, commissioned by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), opens with this wish:
“Imagine: If each Indian State and Union Territory contributed only one Olympic gold medal each, India could find its due place among the top three countries in the medal tally by the 2020 Games.”
The study was completed long before Mayawati’s wanting to add three more States to the Indian Union. If that ever happens, then, going by this, India would be vying for second place on the Olympic leader board.
The study was done in collaboration with Winning Matters Consulting, which adopted the Sports Performance Index (SPI) system to rank the States and came up with some interesting conclusions. According to it, in the sporting world, profit and loss are measured by medals won. Hence, the focus was on a State’s contribution in terms of medals won at major national and international events over 2008-11, with emphasis on big multi-discipline events – Olympics, Commonwealth, Asian and National Games. Seventeen individual sports that contribute 85 per cent of the medals at the Olympic Games were taken into account.
Haryana emerged the number one State in promoting sports on account of its strong national and international performances, dominated by boxing and wrestling. It also scored for being a model State in terms of talent identification, policy and incentives. Punjab and Maharashtra ranked second and third, respectively. Delhi was eighth and Madhya Pradesh 10th....READMORE