Bagging medals the Chinese way
India bagged 37 gold medals in their 14-day Commonwealth Games outing at home. Australia managed a whopping 73 to top the tally and much was highlighted on the strong sporting culture prevalent in the country down under. But take 165. That is the number of gold medals that the current Asian Games hosts won in the previous edition at Doha.
A Chinese official with the Sports Ministry in Beijing whose name is too confusing to even do the traditional ‘copy-paste’ bragged that Guangzhou will see more than 200 gold medals go to host athletes. Call it confidence or term it arrogance, the 37 medals for their southern neighbours suddenly seem too less a number… to this sports journalists at least.
And on the opening day of the Games on Saturday at 8.40 in the evening, China had already gobbled up 19 of the 27 medals at stake in the day. Next up Japan was with 4 and Hong Kong with a single gold and so on and so forth.
With the Chinese participating in all the events except Kabbadi (that’s 41 by the way), medals are a given. But numbers don’t ensure success and China will look to back its sports ministers claim.
India which is yet to open its account in the gold column on the tally (well atleast till the time of going to the web) should really not let their CWG high fade away yet. Its performance at Delhi was good. The competition too was stiff. But instead of getting bunkered by China’s spree (lets admit it, we do get intimidated by our northern neighbors in most fields), athletes should look to soak in the positives of their Chinese competitors rather than allowing them to dictate terms.
By Shubhodeep Chakravarty