Abhinav Bindra’s comments as a guest editor of The Times of India on how politicians heading sports bodies in India spelled disaster need no elaboration.
The response was predictable. Indian Olympic Association boss Suresh Kalmadi retorted by saying that politicians at the helm of such bodies was good as they could get more money from government for sports.
This is a poor argument, albeit the only one our politicians know. This way, these leaders should command everything where government money flows: scientific bodies, academic institutions...and anything else left untouched by them in India.
There is a difference of earth and sky between professional competence and political concerns. Usually, when the latter predominates, excellence is the first victim. This has been the story of Indian sport so far.
If sporting success is the desire, let alone a bigger number of medals at the Olympics, we ought to say no to netas.