When will unfairness in Olympics end?
Getting an Olympics medal for the country is the single best dream any sportsperson will long for. Every country would like to get the maximum medals and show their superiority to the world. In fact only in sports, countries compete with each other and prove their dominance. In other fields, they do not compete directly. Olympic Games are the ultimate sports event for all the countries. If that statement holds true then there should be fair play practiced in few areas. First and foremost, I would like to bring to your notice is the sport that are chosen as an Olympic sport.
Why a game like “Trampoline” is featuring in Olympics and not “Cricket”?
If you take the recently concluded RIO Olympics 2016, we can see a total of 41(Summer Olympics) categories of games. Under each category there are many sub categories. If you take the basis in which each sport is selected, there are many formalities. Out of which, I would like to bring to your notice what Olympic Charter indicates as an acceptable sport. A sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents, and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents. The sport must also increase the ‘‘value and appeal’’ of the Olympic Games and retain and reflect its modern traditions. So if that is the case, a sport event like “Trampoline” should not be in Olympics at all. People have started creating academies and federations because it is part of Olympics. Otherwise Trampoline is relatively less followed.
If you take “Cricket” as a sport it is played in more than 125 countries and in all continents of the world. Cricket has featured as an Olympic sport only once in 1900. After that it has never been included in the Olympic Games. To go deeper into it, cricket is the 3rd most watched and money grosser in the world. After the introduction of T20 format in cricket the length of a cricket game has shortened to 3 hours. It can be even shortened to a one and a half hour sport if they introduce T10 formats in Olympics. T10 format will be interesting and exciting for viewers. When a sport like “Trampoline” which cannot be played by a normal fan can be featured in Olympics, why not Cricket? It is either the Olympics federation is reluctant to add it or the ICC is not allowing the Olympics federation to include it. If it is the ICC’s decision, then it shows their stupidity. If cricket is played in Olympics, it is only going to generate more viewership. In either case it is not fair to ignore “Cricket” out of Olympics
Why Swimming was allotted more medals than Tennis?
The Next unfair thing which one can notice in Olympics is unequal distribution of medals for each category. Before getting into the exact details let me show you the total number of gold medals allotted for some of the games in Olympics. Archery 4 medals, Athletics 47 medals, Badminton 5 medals, Basketball 2 medals, Beach Volleyball 2 medals, Boxing 13 medals, Football 2 medals, Hockey 2 medals, Shooting 15 medals, Swimming 34 medals, Tennis 5 medals, Weightlifting 15 medals and so on. If you see for yourself you will understand. When a most popular team sport like Football can give only 2 medals why Athletics or swimming are awarded so many medals?
Funny part about Athletics is they have 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M and various categories. Why they have left 300M, 500M, 600M, 700M and give medals to that as well. The same applies to swimming (34 medals) as well. Doesn’t that sound silly? If that is the case, we can also break Tennis into 1 game, 3 games, 5 games, 1 set and so on as categories and award more medals. Similarly take the example of Shooting (15 medals) vs Archery (4 medals). For every model of Gun they have an event. If shooting is included as a sport then Motor racing should also feature in Olympics. Motor sport is banned in Olympics on the basis that it depends on “mechanical propulsion”. Then the same rule should be applied to “Shooting” also. With due respect to “Bolt” and “Phelps”, I have to say that these champions were able to get more than one medal is because they have got opportunities. If you take a football champion like “Messi” or “Ronaldo” they cannot achieve the same feat what the athletes and swimmers has achieved. In what way it is fair. So if a country has a good number of swimmers and athletes they can be assured of good number of Olympic medals. Is this what the intention of Olympics being conducted?
These unfair practices will come to an end only if 100+ member nations and general public raise these issues strongly in every possible way. Otherwise, this will continue forever. If any of you feel the same way I feel, please share it with as many as possible.