What’s worse is when the medal table is adjusted for population and GDP. India’s population of over 1,326,801,000 and a haul of two medals places India in the last position of the 87 countries to win a medal at the 2016 Games per Capita. Australia dropped to 10th position when the table is adjusted for population.
Small comfort indeed, but at least India won something. Pakistan was the biggest under performing country not to win a medal at the 2016 Games.
Months before the Rio Games, Indian sports officials vowed that the massive nation with its largest contingent would bring in a healthy haul of at least 10 to 14 medals. But reports during the competition of Indian officials living it up while athletes struggled to make it through qualifying, sparked anger back home and raised questions about the commitment of those in charge.
In the words of Aslam Sher Khan, India’s former hockey Olympian, India has become the laughing stock of the world. After the event is over, participants and onlookers are now spilling the beans abut the apathetic officials who were unqualified and not being held accountable for the lack of success.
India’s anti-doping officials were also embarrassed after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was banned for 4 years for failing drug tests. Doubtless, more outrageous stories about the Indian’s performance and gormless behaviour will surface. For now, these facts are enough to make a nation hang its head in shock and shame.