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Commonwealth Games
20th Commonwealth Games: The true story behind the glorious achievements
Finally, the outstanding journey of the Indian sportsmen participating in 20th Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow, UK has ended. As we all know, a total of 215 Indian athletes took part in 14 sporting events (out of 17 available) and secured 5th position in the medal tally.

90 members comprising of officials, coaches and support staff accompanied the sportsmen. The best part of these games this year has been that two of our para-athletes have won a silver and a bronze medal. I personally never felt bored during the 11 day period from23 July to 3 August 2014, as Indian sportsmen continuously astonished the fans by their performance.

It is also pertinent to add that during the last commonwealth games held in Delhi in the year 2010; our athletes had an advantage of playing on their home turf wherein India's 619 participants won 101 medals. But this time we had just 215 sportsmen, who succeeded in attaining 64 medals. Thus, we have got a medal per three participants in comparison to one in 6 participants last time. Surely this is a progress worth mentioning!!!

It is also noteworthy to add that our athletes have achieved this glory under challenging circumstances. First of all, the weather was not at all suitable for our athletes as it was cold and windy compared to India's hot temperature. Indian shooter Gagan Narang also pointed this out by stating that the strong winds distracted the focus of our shooters.

It is a well known fact that in India, neither have we got world class training and coaching facilities, nor we have world class equipments for most of the games. The rich sponsorships and endorsements extended by the corporate world to glamorous events like IPL are also missing for other games.

No franchise-based leagues for less preferred games have ever been organized, apart from a few sports. Unfortunately, our federations, right from boxing to hockey, have been indulged in the war of supremacy. Thus, the proper training and nourishment necessary for the participants was surely affected.

Our weightlifting federation was also banned for a period of 2 years. Even the IOA was not functioning in international events as they were banned. So, this achievement of our hard working athletes (especially the ones from the rural background) proved to be more of a result of their personal endurance rather than the collective efforts of federations/ministries.

The credit also goes to their families and coaches like Gopichand as well as the wrestling and weightlifting coaches, who have motivated their disciples in a most encouraging manner.

To add to the misery of Indian players, a clear biased attitude against many of the Indian athletes was clearly noticed by the majority of the viewers and supporters. As if this was not enough, the organizers and authorities of commonwealth have deliberately eliminated games like archery and tennis where India had a strong hold.

Despite all these odds and challenging conditions, our hardworking players have shown tremendous devotion for the sake of pride. All I wish to say is that hats off to our most dedicated, committed and courageous participants who made an immense contribution and made us feel proud.

Now, let's have a look at India's tally – Sport-wise

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Athletics

1

1

1

3

Badminton

1

1

2

4

Boxing

0

4

1

5

Gymnastics

0

0

1

1

Hockey

0

1

0

1

Judo

0

2

2

4

Shooting

4

9

4

17

Squash

1

0

0

1

Table Tennis

0

1

0

1

Weightlifting

3

5

6

14

Wrestling

5

6

2

13

Total

15

30

19

64

In the end I would like to say that we must thank our participants for these divine efforts and appreciate the glory they have brought to the country as a whole.

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