Was I selfish too?

Was I selfish too?

Afghanistan has won a bronze!

Yes fantastic news!

What?

Great that they won. Afghanis must be over the moon!

And where are we, under the sea?

We should be happy for them!

And we should be happy for all those who won when we ourselves have become a sporting irrelevance?

Yes we should be, why not?

These medals have been won on the strength of uncountable wealth? Poor nations like us have no chance in this world of super rich states.

Has Kenya not won a medal? I do recall seeing names of African states in the medal tally?

Oh yes, they are naturally talented and gifted.

And we are not?

We are but on empty stomaches medals cannot be won.

Empty stomaches, we are not under nourished or as starved as some of the African states are.

You do not understand there is a conspiracy against us. No one wants Pakistan to win! It is not without reason that economically we are kept backwards.

We are kept backwards or we want to remain backwards?

You do not understand, our law and order has been aggravated so that our immensely talented sportsmen cannot practice against the best in the world on their home grounds. This is a conspiracy to ensure we become sporting irrelevance.

But I recall reading about massive embezzlement of funds, mismanagement in some of our sports departments.

Hoax crafted to mislead our public like you.

But the hockey team should not have conceded seven goals.

The umpiring was biased! Everyone is against us.

Including us I think! If we want medals then we need to plan and execute the plan. Every talent needs professional management. We need to innovate.

What management, you want foreign coaches, now you are being a traitor! So much foreign exposure has poisoned your mind.

I do not understand politics or sports. What I do understand is that nations poorer than us, more unstable than us have won medals. Maybe medals do not matter, they have shown determination.In defeat they have remained graceful. We a nation of 170 million people who are definitely not starving could only send 24 athletes and none of them even came close to winning a medal!

Could they not have triumphed over each and every adversity, each and every conspiracy? Maybe they could not but what should I do? It has been ages since I danced to the tune of my anthem. Never before have I have been so down to dumps.

I just wanted a medal to revive my spirits! Was I selfish too?




6 Comments

Afra, sports is not divorced from its environment. When the rest is suffering so will sports. It reflects the mind and heart of a nation. Esp with us we always had 3 sports and so it will be more accentuated.

Just a totally separate thing. In a 1300 year history of rule, no islamic state had a sports stadium. I think sports is considered individualistic in Islamic society. So when things fall apart, sports will be the first to show it.

Afra, sports is a reflectionof the status quo. So when the outside suffers so does sports. We are in a deline and. It is showing.

Over 1300 years of rule in Islamic territory, tere wasno major sport stadia. So organised sports, as opposed to individual one, is not a cultural thing for us. So when decline happens, sports gets hit quickly.

We have become a very depressing nation despite having huge potential and talent. Sports events have dried up. Opportunities are not given to youth to show their talent in sports and there are almost zero opportunities of trainings as per international standards. Nation have been involved in many unnecessary things and also been kept away from healthy activities. In big cities, there is an extreme shortage of playgrounds due to commercialization and increase in population but no one is thinking on it. Youth is mostly involved in unhealthy activities and there focus has been shifted towards massive use of internet and mobile instead of providing them the opportunities of sports. It’s really a shame that Pakistan could not win any medal and even was very far away from medal table. Yes, there was lack of commitment, spirit to win and bringing laurels for Pakistan.

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