The worst country at the Rio 2016 Olympics


Indian continues it’s  dismal show at The Olympics

Months ahead of the Rio Games, Indian sports officials vowed that the massive nation would turn around its long history of dismal Olympic results and be proud of its athletes.


Steeplechase. Golf. Shooting. Badminton. Boxing. Tennis. Wrestling. Archery. Discus. India saw medal possibilities in all those disciplines, and the head of the government’s sports authority, Injeti Srinivas, said he expected India to bring home anywhere from 10 to 14 medals.


“What happens on a particular day is something none of us can predict. But we should achieve this target,” Srinivas said in March.


Outcome: They didn’t.


Not only that, the country’s gate-crashing, selfie-taking officials have been accused of failing to help its athletes taste success. But reports during the competition of Indian officials seemingly living it up in Rio, while athletes struggled to make it through qualifying, sparked anger back home and raised questions about the commitment of those in charge.


“Officials do not have the welfare of the athletes on their mind. All they are bothered about is having a good time,” Aslam Sher Khan, India’s former hockey Olympian, said. “While other countries have scripted a turnaround in their fortune like the UK, we sadly continue to languish in mediocrity.

“We have become the laughing stock of the world.”


Indian sports minister Vijay Goel has described as a “misunderstanding” reports that his entourage tried to muscle unaccredited people accompanying him into Olympic venues. Rio organisers reportedly accused his entourage of “aggressive and rude behaviour” and threatened to cancel his accreditation, prompting Goel to deny any involvement. The minister also sparked ridicule on social media after praising one of India’s athletes on Twitter, only to use a photo of a different one.


The incidents come as little surprise to observers who have long accused sport administrators of being more concerned about protecting their own fiefdoms than targeting success.


Worst Case


India, a country obsessed with cricket, has never finished high on the medal table — winning just 28 from 24 Olympic appearances.



Rio was an absolute stinker for the Indian subcontinent.

Spare a moment for the National Olympic Committee of India. A tally of one silver medal and one bronze medal was enough for the country to officially finish 67th on the final medal tally.


But India, with a population of more than a billion people and enjoying strong economic growth, had been targeting 10 medals in Rio and sent its largest ever squad.


India’s government spent about 1.2 billion rupees ($18 million), however, preparing the athletes, according to the sports ministry, a fraction of the amount forked out by China, Britain and other countries.



India’s population of more than 1,326,801,000 and haul of two medals places them in last position of the 87 countries to win a medal at the 2016 Games, per capita.


The country’s 2016 GDP of more than $US2 trillion, as forecast by the International Monetary Fund, also places India in 87th position when the medal tally is adjusted for total medals won and GDP.



The People think that their country’s failure to win a medal combined with its population of more than 1.5 billion people means it is ranked last out of all 207 teams competing at the 2016 event, when the medal tally is adjusted per capita.


Pakistan’s similar struggles may soften the blow for India’s National Olympic Committee, but not by much. India won six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, but the country has only had one gold medal to celebrate since 1980 — when Abhinav Bindra took out the men’s 10m rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Games.


Rio was expected to be a turning point for India..but turned out to be a debacle.


Just to think: If Michael Phelps was a country He’d be 39th in all time Gold Medal Tally..In level with Ethiopia and clear of Argentina and much much ahead of India, don’t forget his 2 Silver and 2 Bronze.


Grenada & the Bahamas didn’t win many medals but they’re top for medals per person.

The Bahamas’ bronze in the men’s 4x400m relay brings them to number two – Caribbean nations in 1, 2 and 3.


Badminton champion P.V. Sindhu’s silver towards the end of the Rio Games sparked an outpouring of national pride and celebrations, along with wrestler Sakshi Malik’s late bronze.



India’s Sports Admin:  India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, said he was fed up with apathetic officials, some of whom were unqualified for the job and were not being held accountable for a lack of success on the field.


“I won’t get angry and spoil my own health. It happens every time and that is the way it is,” the shooter, who won gold in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in Rio, told.

“We need a complete overhaul of the system. We need more experts coming in. I have no problem with a politician if he can bring something to the table.”


India’s anti-doping officials were also left red-faced in Rio after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was banned for four years for failing drug tests — overturning India’s earlier decision to allow him to compete.



Immature and Hyper Indian Media: India Media is known to make so much hype about any prospective player that he lose the concentration on his game and soon the media forgets the player.. In Rio with the lack of silverware becoming evident, media began focusing on the officials, including a former IOA chief, currently facing trial in a corruption case, seen attending the Games with an accreditation pass.. As We know Indian Media focuses mainly on Masala.



Sports Culture:  “India does not have a sports culture,” explained Boria Majumdar, a leading Indian sports scholar who’s authored numerous books on the topic. Indian athletes who have achieved international success are exceptions rather than products of the country’s sports system, he said.

“Unless there is a synergized sports culture you will never win a string of medals. A fundamental overhaul is needed and urgently so.”


Indeed, education tends be the highest priority for the average Indian household instead of extra-curricular activities such as sports. A popular Hindi saying “Kheloge Kudoge to rahoge Kharab, Padhoge Likhoge to banoge Nawab” which roughly translates to “if you study hard you will live like a king but if you play sports you will ruin your life.”


So the first thing to do: Think Differently !


Olympic Games Rio 2016


Medal standings

Country  Gold  Silver  Bronze  Total

United States

46 37 38 121

Great Britain

27 23 17 67


26 18 26 70


19 18 19 56


17 10 15 42


0 1 1 2

Here We see Where India Stands.



A Shanepedia Compilation

Along with thanks and compliments to the sources for the shared data

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  1. lapha says:

    Great post


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