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Why is India not a sporting power other than cricket
India is a huge country with a massive population. Our population is a resource for the nation. A country with the second largest population has won less Olympic gold medals than the United States swimmer, Michael Phelps, has won alone in a single edition of Olympics.
Indians, in general, are not as athletically built as the people of western countries. So it is only natural that we are not able to well in sports like football and hockey as they require much more stamina and fitness.
The main problem that is troubling us is poverty. A huge population is well below the poverty line. When people have no food to eat, how can they ever think of sports?
You will find that most of our sportsmen and sportswomen come from poor families. They either have no facilities or no motivation.
In 2007, the Indian hockey team won the Asia Cup and the Indian cricket team won the T20 world cup, does anybody remember anything about the Asia Cup brought by our hockey team? and hockey is supposed to be our national game
So you see, sports other than cricket do not elicit the same level of interest and response from the people. Therefore, it is no surprise that more and more people want to get into cricket and have no wish whatsoever to join any other sports
The question is why our Government(s) does not promote any other sports
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