Why India struggles to win Olympic gold

PM Modi, seeking to raise India’s global profile, is trying to up the game. But it is a long journey in a country where cricket is king.

American David Morris Taylor celebrating after defeating Indian wrestler Deepak Punia in the 86kg semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Aug 4, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

(NYTIMES) - On Wednesday (Aug 4), in a sumo wrestling hall where women are not normally allowed to enter the ring, Lovlina Borgohain punched for all the girls out there. She jabbed for her far-flung home state of Assam, known for its fine tea but also for an armed insurgency.

But above all, she fought in the Olympic women's welterweight boxing semi-final for India, the world's second most populous country, which, even by the most charitable of calculations, is wanting in the Olympics. Aside from a string of men's hockey wins generations ago, India has won only one other gold in its Olympic history, in shooting in 2008.

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