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A lottery for medals

A lottery for medals
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First Published: Tue, Aug 19 2008. 11 56 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 19 2008. 11 56 PM IST
The big question from Beijing this week is not about how the Chinese have managed the Olympics but how Britain has been able to win so many medals. Britain now sits at No.3 in the medals tally, with only the two sporting superpowers—China and the US—ahead of it.
British athletes have won more medals in 2008 than they won in three previous Olympic outings combined. This is their biggest medals tally since 1920.
How did the British do it? Their huge success this year is largely because of the funding British athletes have got from the profits of the UK National Lottery over the past decade.
Is this a good model to emulate? Abhinav Bindra could shoot his way to a gold partly because his family had the money to back him. Not everyone can get such strong family backing.
Is a national sporting lottery an option for India? Not, if the money is still administered by our sports bureaucracy.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 19 2008. 11 56 PM IST
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