India’s Debacle at Sochi Games

With the curtain now down on the 2014 Winter Olympics amid a blaze of pyrotechnics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, India has suffered yet another round of utter humiliation. Not only did India not bag a single medal across 98 events in 15 winter sports disciplines, the world’s second-biggest country of 1.3 billion people was represented by a meager three athletes. But it isn’t the first time. Overall, India has won just 18 medals since 1928, with field hockey contributing 11 to that tally. Russia won nearly twice as many – 33 – in Sochi alone.

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