Hima Das, the girl from Dhing, Nagaon, Assam is the new sports heartthrob of India. Why wouldn’t she be? She has won the Gold at 400 mt race in World Junior Athletics, therefore, she deserves it. She deserves a heroic welcome and benefits given by the government and other bodies. I am very happy for her. Because no Indian has ever achieved that, whether men or women. At last a girl, women have done it. Remember the previous Olympic games? It is the women who have to keep Indian boat float. A grand salute to the Indian women from an Indian man.
Hima Das is a golden girl who glittered out of the fire. But why we have to wait so long to have athletes of world standards? Look at the nearest neighbor of India, i.e. China! Have you ever astound by their ability to win medals in Olympic games and other International games? The Chinese are shorter than Indian, and we are not inferior to them in terms of power and intellect. Then why we have to wait for ages to earn a single gold medal and the Chinese are winning them more than every country of the world other than the USA? It is because of the environment, Government and parents.
India has no conducive environment for sports. Rather than Cricket, which is a time-consuming sport, other sports are not considered a chance of making any type of career. And even we only give emphasis on study and other intellectual activities. There is no proper employment opportunity for the sports person and women. Therefore, lack of enthusiasm regarding sports and its related activities has made the environment unsuitable to play sports and athletics and see it as a lucrative career.
The government has done not enough to promote sports and athletics. The grass root level infrastructures, playgrounds are not satisfactory. There are not enough tournaments, games, competitions are being organized. And there is no special classes and courses which are effectively implemented. So, the lack of initiated of the government has played an important part in our poor performance in sports.
Indian parents are so much loving, caring that they want to keep their child embrace in their chest till their end of life. The child not allowed to play outside, choose sports as a career and they even don’t allow them to play the games which the child love. They are so protective that even a 50 years old man is treated as an adolescent in some instance. Even I asked to learn and play karate. But I was denied because they decided that it is too dangerous.
If these three entities the Environment, The Government and the parents do not work as a body and support sort wholeheartedly Indian dreams of winning bunch of Gold medals and playing in FIFA World Cup would remain a distant, impossible dream.