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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How To Win More Medals

It has happened for the first time in my life - India has 2 medals in the same Olympics! Wrestler Sushil Kumar has won a bronze in Wrestling. Joy!

This is the time when everyone discusses what we can do as a country to win more medals in future Olympic games. People want more money poured into sports, better infrastructure built, and of course everyone wants KPS Gill fired. None of that is likely to happen any time soon. The government does not have any money to spare.

So here is my plan. Abhinav Bindra, our first individual gold medalist, is rich. Super rich. Super duper rich. He had his own shooting range to practice in. We should take inspiration from his success, and ensure that children of the rich take up sports more seriously. The government should set up a Department (with a Minister to boot) which evaluates the children of all millionaires in India, and tracks their athletic (or marksman-ic) development as they grow up. The government should make it illegal for the children of millionaires to focus on education. What do they need education for? Their daddies and mommies have so much money!

The proposed department will give instructions to millionaire parents about which sport their kids should take up, how much time and money they should devote in their training, and what sporting facilities should be built in their big houses. It is the millionaires spending the money, so taxpayers are not burdened. And considering the growing number of millionaires in India, we have a substantial talent pool available.

Only by forcing all rich kids to take up sports, can India dream of Olympic glory.