Abhinav Bindra got India its first individual gold medal. Kudos Abhinav and well done. This is India’s fifth individual Olympic medal that it has won till date. Hockey, shooting, weight lifting and tennis are the only disciplines where India has won its 13 medals in the 104 year history of Olympics.
India had to wait for a century to lay hands on an individual gold medal. A nation of one billion people has till now been able to garner only nine gold medals at the Olympics. Eight of them coming from our national sport—Hockey. A game comfortably neglected. What else can one think about the state of the game with both the men’s and women’s hockey team failing to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
The winners, medals and everything that is Olympics are remembered only when the next Olympic games start. How many of us remember or rather know that Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won individual medals for India at Olympics? How does it matter?