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London 2012 banner at The Monument.
London 2012 banner at The Monument. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The recent poor performance of players from sub-continent countries in the London 2012 Olympics proved that like in other fields, sports is also falling. Pakistan’s 21-member team could not get a single medal in any sport. Australia beat Pakistan in hockey with a score of 7-0, while the performance of other Pakistani athletes was also very ordinary. India’s population is larger than the US and China but the Indian squad managed to get only six medals in total and their hockey team was in 12th place. The reality is that political influence, no merit and poor training facilities are the main causes of the athletes’ poor performance. I think that in key sports, most of the appointments are politically motivated. Both countries have very poor training facilities, and athletes and players who are coming from rural areas don’t seem to get financial support. Due to cricket’s popularity in Pakistan and India, governments of both countries seem not to be able to encourage other sports. Several small African countries have received medals in racing and other indoor sports. Due to the reasons mentioned above, I believe that athletes from the sub-continent can’t properly compete with American, Chinese and European players.
From Mr Khawaja Umer Farooq
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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