And The Plastic Medal Goes To… #Rio2016

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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu kisses her silver medal at #Rio2016. Picture – www.indiatvnews.com

P.V. Sindhu has made every front page today, courtesy her silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games. She will probably make a Sports page headline tomorrow as well. The day after, she will find space in a corner with other statistics. Two days after that, she will find no mention, right up to the point when she wins her next tournament.

The problem with finding backing in Indian sport is this – the average Indian looks at the Rio Olympics as nothing more than TV entertainment. The occasional Indian medal-winner is glorified, deservedly so, but none of that momentum translates into nurturing our next set of winners. How many of us actually care about any Olympic sport in the four-year interludes? Do we as the common masses find too many instances where youngsters are encouraged to follow sport and make a career out of it? We are so engrossed in the plastic praise of a medallist that we do not care about inclusivity of sport in general.
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What the India vs Pakistan Clash Stands For

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India vs Pakistan encounters have historically been competitive for on and off-field reasons. Picture – Hindustan Times

HeyNo matter how vehemently you deny, you know you’re waiting for Saturday evening with bated breath. To every Calcuttan (every Indian, really. And possibly every Pakistani too), it is a huge deal that India will be taking on Pakistan in a World T20 encounter on the 19th of March at the iconic Eden Gardens.

Cricket matches against Pakistan have always meant more to the sport-loving Indian populace than matches against any other opposition. The reasons are many – a historic political rivalry, two Asian cricketing giants fighting for glory, a popular perception of the other country (and its cricketers by association) as the “enemy”, and most importantly the disturbances in political fluidity between the nations in the last decade or so.
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All The World’s a Cup

It’s here, it’s here! Speeding towards our collective brains like The Flash on steroids, the FIFA World Cup is here to unleash some glorious fanaticism, thus making it okay for a straight man to say stuff like “Cristiano’s ball-control is sexy.”
This is also the time you get to see the true colours of India – i.e. whether you unfurl the flag of Spain or Germany or Brazil or some other country whose only memory of India is a study in mismanagement. But enough about the Parliament.

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