Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Good sports week for India.

It has been a good week for India in sports this week. Sure, we would have lost the test series in Sri Lanka (Though going by what the papers said, we were sure to win it even before the third test started!!). But, we did amazingly well in two other sports.

First, as all of you must be knowing, Abhinav Bindra winning gold for the country in the Olympics. An amazing achievement. Though, to be completely honest, I was surprised to see so many people (mainly politicians) coming forward and rewarding him. Where do they get all this money from? If they could only use that for the betterment of their states, it would go a long way in this country going even further than it already has. But, none of that takes away from what is definitely, the pinnacle in Indian Olympic history. Congrats Abhinav, you deserve it!!!

Second, and this is what I just read on the NDTV site. India win the AFC Challenge Cup. They thrashed the defending champions, Tajiskistan, 4-1 in the final. What makes this achievement all the more amazing is that because of this win, they have now directly qualified for the 2011 AFC Asia Cup to be held in Doha. Yes, I know, it may not sound as a huge achievement. But, having personally seen the state of football in my own state, Kerala (which is one of the better football playing states), this is an amazing achievement by the Indian football team. It goes a long way to show that the game is definitely developing in the country. We had fallen to great depths in this game, from almost having qualified for the football world cup in the 1950s. But, this does show that we are going in the right direction. Kudos to the Indian football team for having performed exceedingly well in the tournament!!

I just hope and pray that this does continue. Well, can't wait to see how our country continues in the Olympics.

Congrats to all the winners. Keep it up! :) Now let me see whether I can write something serious on some business issues..... ;)


Kavita said...

well well...someone has started readin the newspaper huh? good going! :p

Sarath said...

did u hear that all the prize money that Bindra has received is going to be tax free. Gotta win a gold medal soon for India.

Priya said...

getting all "sportsy"?? :-d...didnt know abt the AFC tq :P

Saurabh Sahay said...

"hey could only use that money for the betterment of their states"
hello dear...He won Gold medal in "Olympics" kisi ne to India ka naam roshan kiya and u can imagine kitna struggle karna pada hoga...this prize money is nothing in front of the glory he brought. This is kinda moral boosting and encouraging other athletes too. Don't know when will India rise in sports other than cricket.

Kartik said...

Hi saurabh

My only concern is where this money is coming from. If the government officials could spend this much money on a person, why can't they do it for the betterment of the country too? This is not to say that abhinav doesnt deserve it... he thoroughly does. But, the country also has to improve. Hope this clarifies what i wanted to convey.