India’s performance at the Beijing Olympics is the best ever according to many newspapers today. Abhinav Bindra, Vijayendra Singh and Sushil Kumar have made their country proud. Their dedication and hard work has paid off.
They have been given billions of rupees in award by various government bodies as well as individuals. Newspapers and magazines cannot stop singing praises of these new found heroes. This hype brings a positive change to sports like shooting, boxing and wrestling. Inspired by Bindra, Singh and Kumar youngsters are enrolling in shooting, wrestling and boxing.
Till date, every child’s dream is to play cricket for their country. The ambitious parents enroll their children in the best possible cricket academies. They pay the coach to get their child to play at district level.
The scene was different a decade and a half ago. Parents didn’t exactly jump at the idea of sports as a career. Then the 1983 world cup happened and cricketers became demi Gods. Suddenly, becoming a cricketer was not so bad.
Maybe this a positive change. Finally, people might start noticing that there are sports other than cricket and they are cool too. We needed these medals so badly!