In Bhiwani Junction, a lively account of India’s boxing revolution, Vijender Singh talked about his first reactions being at the Olympic Games in Athens, aged 17. “Yeh hota hai world ka sports… main dang reh gaya ( So, this is what global sport is about. I was stunned).”
In this athletic panorama, unmatched in scale and significance, both dazzling and daunting, where does India stand? How did we do in London 2012?
Comparing India’s medals tally to those stacked above us is neither conclusion or consolation. Comparing India’s performance to Games gone by offers a clue but only if studied with dispassionate assessment.
The biggest bonus from London 2012 is that for the first time, India’s challenge extended across several disciplines whose athletes travel with op-