Olympic Medal winners felicitated amid chaos




The Union Sports Ministry on Thursday honoured the six athletes who won medals in the recently-concluded London Olympics in a badly planned function.

Indian London Olympic medal winners, from left, Gagan Narang, MC Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Saina Nehwal and Yogeshwar Dutt at a ceremony by Sports authority of India

Indian London Olympic medal winners, from left, Gagan Narang, MC Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Saina Nehwal and Yogeshwar Dutt at a ceremony by Sports authority of India

What should have ideally been a memorable day for the athletes turned out to be quite an embarrassing affair for the Ministry at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. These athletes who toiled so hard for years with limited sources certainly do not deserve this treatment.

With a large number of fans showing up to catch a glimpse of the athletes it’s a miracle that there wasn’t a stampede there. The 47 athletes and 17 coaches, who participated in the Olympics, apart from former athletes and officials of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and National Sports Federations (NSFs) were also left to fend for themselves.

A number of school children and young participants of the ‘Come And Play’ scheme were also invited to meet the six medal winners.

The anchor’s repeated requests to maintain decorum fell on deaf ears as the six Olympic medalists – Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, M.C. Mary Kom, Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal – arrived on the stage which prompted a section of the crowd, obviously excited, to stand on the chairs to have a good view of the star athletes.

The worst was yet to come. While speaking about the athletes’ achievements at the London Games during the function, the host of the show goofed up while calling out the players’ names.

He addressed Yogeshwar Dutt as ‘Yogendra’, while Saina Nehwal was called as Sania (India’s tennis player). Talking about shooter Joydeep Karmakar’s fourth place finish at the Olympic Games, the host mistook the Kolkata based marksman for an archer.

Other sports persons who took part in the Olympics, including boxer Vijender Singh and discus thrower Krishna Poonia, athletics head coach Bahadur Singh and legendary P T Usha sat silently under sweltering heat.

On the dais, sports minister Ajay Maken presented the two silver medallists cheques of Rs 30 lakh each, while the four bronze medallists were awarded Rs 20 lakh each.

He said, like OPEX 2012, his Ministry would form an OPEX 2020 in order to help the athletes achieve greater glory in the 2020 Olympics.

“The OPEX 2020 will be launched with a target to achieve 25 medals in the Olympics. As a part of the programme, all athletes would be provided international exposure, foreign coaching and infrastructure.”

In another function earlier on Thursday, Union steel minister Beni Prasad Verma presented Vijay and Sushil cheques of Rs 25 lakh and other Rs 20 lakh, respectively.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Nupoor Bansal

Author:

Hey, I'm Nupoor Bansal, 20, currently pursuing Journalism from DU. I have always been immensely interested in both playing and watching sports. Like most other cricket fanatics Sachin Tendulkar is THE God for me. Badminton, Tennis and Football are the other sports that interest me.

Cricket

ICC Champions Trophy Final 2017: India vs Pakistan – Live Cricket Score

ICC Champions Trophy Final 2017: India vs Pakistan – Live Cricket Score

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on June 17th, 2017

The two cricket giants of Asia; India and Pakistan will lock horns against each other at the epic ICC Champions Trophy finale match at the Oval on Sunday. India ..

Football

4 Minervans and 3 city boys in India Senior Football Team

4 Minervans and 3 city boys in India Senior Football Team

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on August 7th, 2017

After the recent good show of Minerva boys in the AFC Cup U-23 Qualifiers in Qatar, 4 Minervans namely, Germanpreet Singh, Manvir Singh, Davinder Singh and Anir ..

Tennis

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on June 11th, 2017

The stage is set for the mouth-watering and nail-biting clash of the two Tennis stalwarts of the current era; Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. This will be the u ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 24th, 2017

Rohtak, February 24, 2016: In continuation to produce the AIBA certified Coaches, Referees and Judges; Boxing Federation of India successfully organised the AIB ..

Other Sports

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on July 6th, 2017

Indian interests on the opening day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships were high with national record holder Muhammed Anas easing into the semi-finals of ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror