5 sports where India should be excelling, but isn't yet
- The Indian sports scene is improving. How far can we go?
3) Martial Arts
India's rich cultural heritage boasts of a wide variety of martial arts that have been practised here, across centuries. With the ushering in of new-age competitive sports, there's an abundance of disciplines that have taken a page out of the book of traditional warfare techniques all over the world.
Yet, in spite of having several legendary names to adorn the records in Kushti and Musti-Yuddha in India, we have not stepped up our game to fit the bill at the international stage.
With one silver and three bronzes in Wrestling, India languishes at 43rd in the all-time Olympic medal tally while in Boxing, with two bronze medals, the position is as low as 64th. In Judo, Garima Chaudhary was the only Indian representative at London 2012 while Taekwondo still sees no takers from the country at the Olympics.
It’s high time we stepped up our game to excel at this genre of sporting action so as to announce, in front of a worldwide audience, just how good we are at it.Published 02 May 2016, 21:22 IST