India really did not need the likes of Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Apurvi Chandela, PV Sindhu, Ramkumar Ramanathan and K Srikanth to fetch up for the country to top the medals tally at the wretchedly un-competitive SAG. The face-offs were a mockery of their talents and effort — wasted mindlessly in an Olympic year. By sending the elite athletes for this regional meet, India missed out on an excellent opportunity to create new stars out of younger talents who could’ve been tested for their nerve at this level. As the state governments get busy honouring the medal winners, here’s looking at the no-contests that highlighted the gulf in class between India and the rest.
188 – Gold medals won by India, almost four times the combined gold haul by the rest of the participants — 51.
The hosts had a gold-silver finish in all five categories in badminton. P.V.Sindhu’s team final score against Kavindi Ishadika Sirimannage read 21-7, 21-5.
In tennis all the five finals were all-Indian affairs. Was it some Open Nationals or international meet?
Volleyball, Kho kho, Kabaddi, Handball — men and women — both titles picked by the hosts.
The team gold in the men’s 50 metre Rifle 3 position event was won by India. Chain Singh, Gagan Narang and Surendra Sinh Rathod’s combined score of 3490 was almost 100 points ahead of bronze-winning Bangladesh (3398).
Mary Kom beat Sri Lanka’s Anusha Kodituwakku Dilrukshi through a technical knockout (TKO) in a flyweight category bout lasting less than 90 seconds.
Vikas Krishan was running temperature and on antibiotics. He still beat Tanveer Ahmed in 75 kg to win India’s seventh gold medal.
That India lost the men’s finals in hockey and football against this miserable competition. It’s a result worthy of a national level enquiry.
Judo returned a relatively poor haul. In three divisions out of 12, Indians did not win gold.