..of Cricket and of degrading the remaning sportstars
India’s golden girl PT Usha burst into tears on Monday. Usha, who came for 49th National Open Athletics Championship in Bhopal, was unhappy with the accommodation provided to her by the organisers. When the former track queen asked for better accommodation, she was refused by the officials. As a result of that Usha broke down into tears in front of the media.
Regarded as queen of Indian track and field, P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced.. She became the first Indian woman (and the fifth Indian) to reach the final of an Olympic event by winning her 400 m hurdles Semi-final. In the 1984 Los Angeles OlympicsUsha lost the bronze by 1/100th of a second.
PT Usha said that if this happens to her then its quite imaginable what happens to the other struggling athletes, she also said that this is the only reason why parents don’t want their children to join athletics. Athletes in India are deprived of proper accommodation, proper training facilities, proper income and proper importance.
Usha is one among the prominent ones who took India’s name to heights ,in the field of athletic ,and the other one being Milkhs Singh.If not for Usha,India would have been one among the Golden-zero nations,in various international meets.Today,rather than sitting back and dreaming about her past records,she is busy working , moulding new athletes ,and runs a sports school “ Usha School of Athletics”.. And as a nation,what have we given her in return? Oh yes,I am not generalizing a particular incident,nor am I trying to idolize Usha. But am I wrong if I say that except for cricketers,no other WORTHY sportsman is given due credit in India. Well,name Sania Mirza..But she would not have been perceived this way if she was dusky and less pretty.People (majority) adored her for her beauty and not her sportsman skills.Am I wrong? Those who didn’t know ABCD of tennis too were her hard-core fans..So forget such handpicked sports-men/women,I would say that except for cricket,no other players received their due credit.
Heard about Milka Singh-the flying sikh? Hear him when he rejected the Arjuna award “I am not going to take this award because this award is not fit for a life time achievment. I have already written to Ms Bharti that after 40 years she thought of giving me this award. I am honoured and grateful to them but this is not the time to give me this award. It would have been alright if I had got this award forty years ago.” [source] Its ironic that Arjuna Award was started in 1961,the very next year when Milkha Singh achieved fourth place in Rome Olympics.Its funny that India took 40 long years to give an athlete his due credit (He is a recipient of Padma Shri)
Ever heard of Indian Football Team that made entry into Olympics semi-final (for the first and last time) ? Chances are few,as people are busy watching cricket and drooling over their idols. Let me tell you how India rewarded them for their achievement..
New Delhi, September 1, 2009 “ Surviving members of the Indian football team that reached the semifinals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics have decided to return a monetary grant sent by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Samar (Bardu) Banerjee, the captain of the team, conveyed the decision here on Tuesday. “Nine of the 18 member squad who are surviving felt humiliated by the unsolicited grant of Rs. 25,000 sent by the AIFF,” said Banerjee.
“We are not beggars that the national federation would be doling out a pitiful grant 53 years after our achievement,” he added[source]
Is this the way we are to treat those people who brought fame to our motherland?
p.s: I am not into the typical “blame it on cricket”.. But tell me who else is to be blamed?Blame it on media,blame it on government,blame it on the mass..whatever…But its sad and bad that we are doing this to people who work hard and reach heights,but are trashed at their own homeland where they ought to be appreciated and credited..