Yes! This was bound to happen. This is nothing new, and this is another blip in the not so glorious record of the Indian sports in our country.
Indian Olympics Associations getting banned by International Olympics Community has brought only further shame to Indians after the Commonwealth Games debacle.
If we go deep into the reasons behind IOA getting banned, what IOC said was nothing a task with elephant steps needed to be taken.
All IOC said that IOA shouldn’t place any representatives who have been in news for wrong reasons and add to it they didn’t want the government to interfere in the election process either.
But have we Indians ever listened to anyone, that we would do the needful when required? IOA acted like a spoilt brat who does exactly, when he is asked not to do certain job.
They fielded Lalit Bhanot and an idiot looking person known as Mr. Chautala, who both has been in news for all the wrong reasons. They have been accused of being corrupt officials (as if we all don’t know) and despite the clear warning by IOC not to allow these morons to stand for elections, they did stand for elections, went ahead with the election process and elected Chautala as the new head of IOA and in the process saw IOA getting defunct by IOC for an indefinite period.
But then, the banning of IOA means that India cannot participate in Olympics, and this has cause a stigma to the players and especially to we Indians, which we will have to live through. It’s a blip, which unfortunately would never get erased from the history of the Indian sports.
Now we would have to wait till the ban is lifted and our Indian players will have to play under the IOC flag, which has brought greater shame to the whole country.
But then the big question is where do we stand? It’s not the first time that a country has been banned. South Africa was banned for couple of years for apartheid. But then is this something to be really proud of? We have joined the elite list of the countries of being banned. That’s the list unfortunately, we have limited ourselves to.
Somewhere it also becomes easy to point a finger at. We would now point finger at our favorite punching bags, the Indian Government and it is nothing new to see them poke their nose in almost everything, when they must be addressing other issues. It’s the government which fields corrupt people like Bhanot, Kalmadi and Chautala. But then before we point a finger at these people, we must know that it is us who have brought them to power, and because of us, we see our players at the wrong end of the table. What we must learn is that the government is easily making us getting carried away behind the facades of promises, which they can never fulfill.
They are also middle class people just like many of us, who have brought laurels to our country, who are never paid properly and now they are robbed of the pride of representing their country also.
It is all interconnected somewhere, and since it’s most probably difficult but not impossible to question these people who have made Indian sports, nothing less than a personal slave, harassed every moment. DE functioning of IOA is not going to make any difference to these lunatics, since they get their cash from all the wrong sources available, thanks to corruption.
So what is the need of the hour? According to sportsperson like Abhinav Bindra and Mary Kom who have felt that the show must be run by former sportsperson, is quite an apt idea to comply with. The idea must be applauded and implemented and former players, who have brought laurels to our country, must only be allowed to operate, since nobody can understand the sports and the lives of these sports persons better and them.
But at the same time, the government must at least do the needful of lifting the ban by suspending the corrupt people, who have been running IOA and apologize to IOC. Probably this is the easiest method available for India to get back into the scheme of things.
The issue is a serious one, and it’s the en messe of our country who can correct it by questioning the people involved and punishing them as well. It’s time to take a quick action; otherwise our Indian sports will finally die a terrible death, and will seize to become just another chapter, in not so glorious developing history of our country.