No buzz over Asian Games in India
Indians, it would seem, make for non-travelling fans. While the Commonwealth Games displayed this country’s passion for its’ sportsmen and women in all its colourful spirit, with real pride for the likes of Suranjoy Singh and Saina Newhal to mention but a few, the same cannot be said for the Asian Games being held in Guangzhou, China.
The Guangzhou games are an equal, if not bigger, stage for athletes to test their mettle against some of the world’s finest. Why, then, the dearth of coverage on television and newspapers, the lack of buzz at the watercooler and waiting for the bus, the meal offers and live screenings of Indian performances?
Perhaps the country is suffering from a CWG hangover, and given the games’ shaky start and glorious finish, this may be a fair assumption – the nation drawing a collective sigh of relief at a job well done. But for the Suranjoys and Sainas of India, that sigh is brief, and the sporting calendar is more packed than ten days in four years. They deserve the country’s continuing support.
By Alberto Furlan