Wednesday, July 2, 2014

India at the FIFA World Cup

While cheering the Football Fiesta at knockout stage , I also feel down that our nation with more than 1.2 billion couldn’t even qualify for the league……..

Countries like Costa Rica and Bosnia which have population less than 40 lakhs are there in the grand stage and making there people proud, so why can’t we? Even Honduras have made it to the big league, this countries even doesn’t have the capacity in matching with our States if we compare them on population and budget allocation. But they have talent for the game which we don’t have!!!

I was surprised to know that, India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals (as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents). But the governing body AIFF decided against going to the World Cup, being unable to understand the importance of the event at that timeL. Reason shown by AIFF was that there was the “cost of travel” (Source: Wikipedia)

Every World Cup reminds us Indians of our limitations in sports, some of which may be inherent. However, if the government were to integrate sports into schooling and promote talent more, India’s chances at playing in the World Cup may increase.

Let see when we Indians would be given an opportunity to cheer for our team in Football World Cup !

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