India, China and the Olympics

Sometimes I fantasize about India catching up economically with China. Won’t happen in my lifetime, though. The Olympics opening ceremony made that clear. India will not be able to pull off something like that for a long, long time.

The announcers during the parade of athletes also threw in a telling statistic. China returned to the Olympics in 1984. Since then it was won 286 medals. India’s medal haul in the same period? Three.

One Response to "India, China and the Olympics"

  1. Anonymous   August 26, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Well, in these Olympics, India increased its medal total by 100% (since 1984), versus China’s 36% addition to its medal total.