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London Olympics 2012: Marred By Serious Controversies

Sushil Kumar: Ensured India's Best Performance At Olympics

Sushil Kumar: Ensured India’s Best Performance At Olympics

Grappler Sushil Kumar’s
back-to-back medals at the Olympic Games-the first Indian sportsman to do so-enabled India to register its presence in a big way. It is India’s best performance at the Olympic Games. Sushil Kumar won silver medal in the 66kg free style category. He had won bronze in the previous Olympics held in China. However, one cannot ignore the recent spate of controversies which marred the London Olympics 2012. These infamous episodes have brutally hurt the sentiments of sports fans across the globe. The allegations related to biased decisions of referees have given a bad name to the 30th Olympic Games. Let’s not treat these allegations as shallow outbursts of teams lost. We need to take note of them in a serious manner in order to retain the faith of sports lovers.

Let’s not forget India’s boxer Vikas Krishan controversial defeat at the hands of Errol Spence of USA.The  AIBA overturned the result of his pre-quarterfinal bout, after five hours, following a review. The Indian contingent filed an appeal which produced no result. The IOA tried its best to drive home its point but the the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) rejected the country’s appeal.”There is no provision in the AIBA Technical and Competition Rules allowing for an appeal against the decision of the Competition Jury in relation to a Protest. The decision of the Competition Jury is final and cannot be appealed.”(CAS). In this regard, the argument of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) vice-President Tarlochan Singh is worth mentioning:”There are four different judges and they make their separate decisions. It is baffling why did none of them objected to this. Four people have given verdicts and it is wrong for USA to appeal after the decision has been given.”

Such biased decisions lower the morale of players and sports fans. The game is not on par with life and death issue, and, therefore,  it’s quite baffling to see big nations using every trick in the book to emerge as winner. It doesn’t matter to them if such a victory makes mockery of fair play. Such brazen display of unfair tendencies, all in the names of rules, brings into open the real character of such nations, who can go to any extent to gain an upper hand. The Indian contingent needs to view such murkier developments from fresh angle and come to understand that world of sports are not only regulated by excellence but also by shrewd maneuvers. It’s anybody’s guess that sports fans treat such sponsored victories less honourable than defeats keeping intact values associated with the game! The Indians need to grasp this fact that for some nations, the thing called dignity in defeat just doesn’t exist.

Vikas Krishan: Haunted By The Defeat

Vikas Krishan: Haunted By The Defeat

If that was not enough Amit Kumar’s defeat in 55 kg freestyle repachage against Bulgarian Radoslav Marinov Velikov gave rise to another controversy. Former Gold Medalist at Asian Games Satpal Singh, in an interview given to BBC, said that ‘ referees have turned highly professional. After watching the proceedings at the Games, I am pretty convinced that these referees have compromised with the values. You now cannot win the game without taking into confidence judges and referees involved with the game! The three points awarded to Bulgarian opponent, in actuality, belonged to the Indian wrestler Amit Kumar. These three points made the game slip away from the hands of Amit Kumar.”  

It’s not only Indian contingent, which is feeling blue after the Games got over. Usain Bolt, who became the first athlete to win the 200 twice at the Olympics, harshly criticized Carl Lewis of United States for his doping remarks. At a press conference organized just after his historic victory in the men’s 200-metre, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt minced no words in targeting Carl Lewis., ” I’m going to say something controversial right now…. Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him…. The things he says about the track athletes is really downgrading for another athlete to say something like that. I think he’s just looking for attention, really, because nobody really talks much about him” Bolt said. One needs to recall the words of Carl Lewis to realize that Bolt’s anger is justified.”Countries like Jamaica do not have a random program, so they can go months without being tested. I’m not saying anyone is on anything, but everyone needs to be on a level playing field.” Carl Lewis made this remark in an interview given to Sports Illustrated just after Bolt’s stunning performance in Beijing Olympics.

Now this battle of words might not be directly related to the controversies that marred the London Olympics 2012 but the timing of Bolt’s furious remarks is amazing. It provides clear insight about the affairs that take place behind the scene, which ordinarily remain hidden from the eyes of average sports fans. It makes it evidently clear that how bigger nations come to treat the victories of smaller nations. And if that becomes clear, it would not be pretty difficult to understand that India’s strong protest against the biased referees at the Olympics is not simply unleashing of frustration. It reveals that games have no longer remained events, solely dominated by the performance of committed athletes, trying to attain height of excellence. They are now dominated by forces beyond the control of players. India’s protest needs to be seen in the same perspective.

This Ugly War Of Words Says All

This Ugly War Of Words Says All


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लन्दन ओलंपिक: बड़ी मछली छोटी मछली को निगल जाती है!

लन्दन ओलंपिक विवादों के घेरे में

लन्दन ओलंपिक विवादों के घेरे में

ये बहुत ख़ुशी की बात है कि तीसवे ओलंपिक में भारत को एक और कांस्य पदक मिल गया और कुल पांच मेडल सहित ये अब तक का हमारा सबसे बेहतर प्रदर्शन है ओलम्पिक में. योगेश्वर दत्त ने रैपचेज़ वर्ग के मुकाबले में उत्तर कोरिया के पहलवान को धूल चटाते हुएँ भारत को एक और कांस्य  पदक दिला दिया. इन सब को परे रखते हुएँ इस विषय पे ध्यान केन्द्रित करना चाहूँगा कि लन्दन ओलंपिक विवादों के घेरे में आ गया है  और पक्षपात से जुड़े बयान सुर्खियों में आ गए है. इन बयानों को गंभीरता से लेने की जरुरत है. इन्हें  हारे हुए देशों की भड़ास कहकर खारिज करने की भूल ना करे.

 एक मेडल जो अमेरिका हमारा खा गया चोरी से जब हमारे मुक्केबाज़ विकास कृष्ण की जीत को हार में बदल दिया गया.  इस पर तो ये ही समझ में आता है कि  पुराने काल में युद्ध भी लड़ा जाता था तो एक नियम से लड़ा जाता था, फिर तो ये खेल है. जिंदगी और मौत का खेल हो तो अपने को बचाने के लिए उसमे किसी स्तर तक गिरना समझ में आता है पर खेल में अपने को इस स्तर तक गिरा देना राष्ट्र की प्रतिष्ठा बचाता हो या ना बचाता हो पर वहा के प्रजा के मूल चरित्र को अवश्य दिखा देता है. भारतीय लोगो की एक बात ये है कि अभी इनमे अपने को ग्लोबल स्तर पे नियम के आड़ में अपने को नंगा करना नहीं आया है. शायद शर्लिन चोपड़ा या सनी लेओन ये कला हमको देर सबेर सिखा जाए. इस स्तर पे आ जाने पर किसी को भी हरा देना हमारे लिए आसान होगा. लेकिन ऐसी जीत के क्या मायने होंगे. इस जीत से तो हार ही बेहतर है.

अभी ये विवाद खत्म भी नहीं हुआ था कि  ओलंपिक के 55 किलोग्राम कुश्ती मुकाबले में भारतीय पहलवान अमित कुमार की हार पर भारतीय खेमे से तीव्र प्रतिक्रिया हुई है और हार को हल्के  में ना लेते हुए  भारत की कुश्ती टीम के लीडर, राज सिंह ने रेफ्री के फैसलों के खिलाफ लिखित शिकायत दी है. यही नहीं खेल विशेषज्ञों ने भी अपनी नाराज़गी कड़े शब्दों में दर्ज करा दी है.  सतपाल सिंह जो कि एशियाई खेलों में स्वर्ण पदक विजेता रह चुके है  ने बीबीसी से एक वार्ता में अपने विरोध को दर्ज कराते हुए कहा कि, “आज के मुकाबले देखकर मुझे ऐसा लगा जैसे कि ये रेफ्री ख़रीद लिए गए हैं, अब ये सब पेशेवर हो गए हैं, रेफ्री और जज के बिना आप अब नहीं जीत सकते…  जो तीन प्वाइंट बुलगारिया के प्रतिद्वंदी को दिए वो दरअसल अमित के थे, वहीं से सारी कुश्ती बदल गई.”

अगर इतना कम नहीं था कालिख लगाने को इस ओलंपिक में तो दुनिया के सबसे तेज़ धावक  जैमका के यूसेन बोल्ट के बयान ने वो कमी भी पूरी कर दी.  “कार्ल ल्यूइस मेरे मन में आपके लिए कोई सम्मान नहीं है. मुझे लगता हैं कि वो सिर्फ लोगों का ध्यान अपनी ओर आकर्षित करना चाहते हैं, क्योंकि कोई भी उनके बारे में बात नहीं करता है”  बोल्ट जो एक ही ओलंपिक में 100 और 200 मीटर के खिताब लगातार दो बार जीतने वाले एक मात्र खिलाडी बन गए है को आखिर कार्ल ल्यूइस, ओलंपिक खेलो में  नौ स्वर्ण पदक विजेता, के खिलाफ आग उगलने की जरुरत क्यों आन पड़ी ? इसकी वजह है इस अमेरिकी धावक का कुछ वर्षो पहले दिया बयान कि ” जैमका जैसे देशों में रैंडम टेस्टिंग नहीं होती. महीनों तक उनके खिलाड़ियों की टेस्टिंग नहीं होती. मैं ये नहीं कहता कि कोई डोप कर रहा है, लेकिन सबको बराबरी का मौका मिलना चाहिए.” सो लिहाजा लन्दन में हुई प्रेस वार्ता में ये  लाजवाब धावक अपना दर्द छुपा ना पाया.

बोल्ट के बयान का लन्दन ओलंपिक से सीधा नाता भले ना हो लेकिन इसकी टाइमिंग बहुत सही है क्योकि ये ओलंपिक में व्याप्त परदे के पीछे छुपे गणित को उभार देता है. ये स्पष्ट कर देता है कि बड़े देश छोटे देशों की जीत को किस तरह से लेते है. क्या इससें ये समझ में नहीं आता कि ऐसे देश अगर वश चले तो नतीजों को प्रभावित कर सकते है? भारत की बाक्सिंग और कुश्ती में हार को इसी परिपेक्ष्य में देखे जाने की जरूरत है.

यूसेन बोल्ट: कार्ल ल्यूइस मेरे मन में आपके लिए कोई सम्मान नहीं है

यूसेन बोल्ट: कार्ल ल्यूइस मेरे मन में आपके लिए कोई सम्मान नहीं है


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Politics Knocked Out Sports From London Olympics

Vikas Krishan:  Victory Turns Into Defeat!

Vikas Krishan: Victory Turns Into Defeat!

The Indian boxer Vikas Krishan’s defeat at London Olympics is, in reality, victory of politics and not sports. Vikas Krishan emerged victorious in the 69 kg category bout against his American opponent Errol Spence 13-11. However, the happiness inside the Indian camp proved to be a short lived one. The review by the competition jury, under the aegis of AIBA, amended the final score 13:15 in favour of the USA. The jury members, accepting the protest, unanimously declared Errol Spence of the United States winner of the bout. India also filed the appeal later but the world governing body for the game rejected their appeal. So India’s sensational victory in the pre-quarter-final bout got doomed to nothingness.

It’s pretty unfortunate that some nations can go to any extent to gain an upper hand in battle of supremacy. The ouster of Vikas from the London Olympics proves the point that when politics gets mixed with sports, it leads to such nasty developments. Thanks to United States for letting us know that you cannot win boxing match without playing some politics! Before I have a take on the merit of the decision, I need to say that I am sure had  Indian Olympic Association as powerful as BCCI,  Board of Control for Cricket in India,  this would not have been the fate of the bout. Such happenings make it crystal clear that in present times, be its politics, cinema or sports, a certain shrewd manoeuvring, by people behind the curtain, always exists.

Imagine the team declared World Cup winner in FIFA World Cup Final match declared loser after few hours by the competition jury! Imagine another team declared winner by the ICC in the World Cup Cricket Final at Lords after few hours! The things would definitely become murkier in the world of sport if this sort of bizarre change becomes commonplace. This sort of crazy decision marks the beginning of manipulating decisions all in the name of laws! Anyway, let’s put under lens the merit of the decision. It’s strange that even those aspects were taken into consideration to make the bout in favour of USA, which generally cannot be judged by normal human way. The Competition Jury should have limited its review to those aspects only, possible for any referee to take note of them from normal human angle. To extend its limit to those angles, which no referee can intercept in normal way is absolutely nonsensical.

That’s why I feel that to award points only because “referee’s view was blocked by the boxer from the USA” is height of absurdity. It is okay to include the unnoticed fouls within the realm of review but to ensure “correct gesture” on part of referee, in name of review, totally defies logic. Why should he have awarded points when something was beyond the range of his normal vision? If that’s the case why India’s appeal got rejected on same grounds, wherein it had been stated that “our guy did not hold Spence for more than seven times. The American was guilty of holding Vikas four times according to us.”(That’s an observation on part of National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu)  

This high-voltage drama at the London Olympics reduces the difference between politics and sports. It’s really sad that hopes of bright athletes, boxers, swimmers and shooters, to name a few, get checkmated by the will of minds who feel that politics needs to go together with sports. The performers next time should not only learn the tricks involved in their respective fields, but also come to master the art of politics, if they are really interested in winning medals at Olympics!

Thank God No Review Involved!

Thank God No Review Involved!


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