The world’s largest democracy wins fewer medals per person than any other country. It’s been priced out of its most competitive sport, but could national priorities also play a role? A member of India’s field hockey team reacts after losing an Olympics match against New Zealand. (Reuters) India is a big deal. It has the world’s second-largest population and its ninth largest economy; it’s the biggest democracy in existence and one of the oldest nations in history. But India is not very good at winning Olympic medals. There’s no single or certain answer to why, but India’s astonishingly poor performance offers some insights into just what does make an Olympic winner, and doesn’t. India sent 83 athletes to London and has so far only won two medals, a bronze and a silver, both in shooting . That’s not atypical for the country, which, though it’s been competing since 1900, has only won 22 medals in every Olympics combined, half of those in field hockey. It has never won a medal at the winter games. By comparison, the U.S. has won 37 medals just this summer, and over 2,500 overall. At the 2008 Beijing olympics, India had the lowest ratio of… Read full this story
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