Indian athletes failed to impress with their performance at Rio Olympics and couldn’t even match the tally of 2012 London Olympics. This despite the fact that the Sports Ministry spent Rs 36.85 crore on 117-contingent under its Target
Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
According to the Sports Ministry data, out Rs 36.85 crore, Rs 15.39 crore on shooting, Rs 8.80 crore was spent on athletics, Rs 3.84 crore on Badminton, Rs 1.18 crore on Boxing and Rs 1.92 crore on Tennis.
Interestingly, out Rs 3.84 crore spent on Badminton, only Rs 61.13 lakh went to the two medal winners — Rs 45.27 lakh for badminton silver medal-winner Sindhu and Rs 15.86 lakh for Sakshi.
Apart from this, every other sport failed to impress which highlights the fact that there is something seriously wrong and sports ministry should consider some ways to increase the medal tally at next Olympics.
Let’s have a look at how much money was spent on some of the players who were expected to be medal winners.
1. Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed a medal in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event at the Rio Olympics. This was his fifth Olympics appearance.
2.Vikas Gowda failed to qualify in the men’s discus throw qualifying round, securing the 28th position among 35 athletes.
3.Shiva Thapa (56kg) was bowed out of the Olympic Games in the opening round.
4.Saina Nehwal crashed out after suffering a shocking straight-game loss against World No. 61 Maria Ulitina of Ukraine.
5.Shuttler PV Sindhu lost to World No.1 Carolina Marin but won silver medal.
6. Sania Mirza & Rohan Bopanna failed to win quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event of tennis competition at the Rio Olympics.
7.Everyone was shocked when Yogeshwar lost in first round
8.She is the first woman gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympics but couldn’t win a medal
9.She won bronze in the women’s freestyle 58kg wrestling category at the Rio Olympics.
10.He failed to make the final of men’s 50-metre pistol.