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London Olympics

Published Aug 13, 2012 12:22am

THE curtain came down on the magnificent London Olympics on Sunday with the United States of America and China dominating the show, rather emphatically, followed by hosts Great Britain that finished third on the medals table. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries participated in the extravaganza which was the third hosted by London after the 1908 and 1948 editions. To the credit of the organisers, the Games were kept incident-free and, for once, politics and terrorism took a backseat as the world focused on the triumphs and tears of sport. Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest swimmer in history, soaked up the limelight as he ended his Olympic career with 22 medals, 18 of them gold. Usain Bolt of Jamaica was the other star: his unprecedented defence of his 100m and 200m sprint gold medals capped off with trademark exuberance and style. There were many others who did their respective countries proud by reaching the podium and by entering the record books as the outstanding sportspersons of their time.

The Games, however, were a sad reflection on the state of affairs in Pakistani sport. For a country of over 180 million people to not be able to fetch a single medal in the Olympic Games is shambolic. Even worse perhaps, it was expected. The complete Pakistan contingent comprised just 20 athletes, 16 of which were hockey players, and none could make the finals of their events. Following the dismal faring of the national contingent, there have been calls for replacing people at the helm of sports federations, for better planning and incentives for athletes and uplift of infrastructure. But so long as the will to excel and the determination to achieve something is lacking among the athletes and officials, nothing will really alter the dismal status quo.

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Aug 13, 2012 11:21am
State of play in Pakistan is better than any other country, int only requires some favour and attention from higher authorities.
Gerry D'Cunha
Aug 13, 2012 08:44am
Unless the mindset in Pakistan is not changed, Pakistan cannot progress. Treat all its citizens as 'Pakistani' first and select in any games on their ability and merits and not on their faith and religion. Hots off to India in this regard.!!!
Aug 13, 2012 11:10am
Almost every state in India had announced huge prize amount for medal winners and even to those who could enter quarter finals. India did badly still with only six medals but Indians still tried very hard against the world's very best in many games.. With some private sponsorship coming India should do better in future. But the base for all this came from Govt. of India which created excellent facilities and paid for all expenses of sports persons during training. Pakistan can follow similar model. '
Aug 13, 2012 03:44am
Good editorial, you're right on Pakistan's terrible state of sports. However one slight correction: Britain was not third in medal count. Russia was third grabbing 82 total medals to Britain's 67 total medals. Actually Russia was very close to China's haul of 87 medals. In fact American athletes dominated the Olympic with a total haul of 104 medals. In the case of Pakistan its pedantry culture and lifestyle and emphasis on religious practices, and lack of talent and individual dedication and hard work in sports that are also responsible for its zero-medal performance.
Aug 13, 2012 04:39am
Pakistan couldn't win a medal as the whole world CONSPIRED against it !!! :)
Jean Verlander
Aug 13, 2012 07:12am
Please do not be too hard on yourselves, with the State of Play in Pakistan, how can the Athletes and the State be expected to concentrate on Sport. When life improves in Pakistan so will the rest of your activities. Happy Independence Day and EID Mubarak.
Izhar ali leghari
Aug 13, 2012 07:06pm
pakistan is the country with immense talent and their is no point for causing the athletes for such a dismal display.. they simply lacked professionalism and perhaps a good coaching staff would have produced the different results!!
Aug 13, 2012 07:34pm
Kamal, you're wrong here, Britain was 3rd with 29 Gold's compared to Russia's 24, medal tables are ordered by Golds first.
Asif Ansari
Aug 13, 2012 10:51pm
Nobody can try to think about the lines of written editorial. We did not agree to win a single medal in London Olympic. What we saw in the London Olympic due to our players, its all the responsibility goes to Pakistan sports board and their officials. They finally decided the plan that they go to the Olympic only for visit and purchaising the gifts and they did it very well. We Pakistani gave the answer which was media asked, Media showed the many more reports on its television screen, Media asked the common Pakistanies at the road-side, " shall Pakistani players win a single medal in London Olympic?" Every-body gave the answer, NO. Sports authorities do not feel shame, they show their interest are only spending the huge money which is funding by the government and NGO's for the benefit of sports/games in Pakistan. We do not blame our players, they are holy-cow, they have not any sophisticated facilities like others countries. If we will all agree to win a single medal in upcoming Olympic which will be starting after 4 years in Brazil, than we start the preparation now.
Aug 14, 2012 12:31am
Dear Kamal, Olympic medal positions are always on the basis of who has the highest number of gold medals and in that count britain was third.
Aug 14, 2012 12:41am
Medal rankings are done by number of gold medals won. If their is a tie in gold medals then silver and bronze medals are considered. So Great Britain is ranked third above Russia as it won more gold medals.

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