Indian strategy in sports
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
It is quite normal if countries try ot outsmart one another in sports and tournaments but sport-fixing by any means is illegal and the immorally gotten titles do not stand scrutiny of time. Money won’t save a nation forever.
The case in point is India- an emerging economy in South Asia and trying to overtake the sport powers and big economies like USA, Russia, China and Japan, etc.
Until recently China reigned in Badminton in all formats- single doubles, etc as one could see the results of all important international tournaments. Chinese shutters occupied top positions in most categories, if not all.
Badminton has been traditionally forte of China and South East nations but in recent times India has made inroads but it could not overwhelm the Chinese players in any format.
Apparently, now days, Beijing, the sport superpower of Asian continent, seems to have developed “soft” corner for India withdraw it top players from the field altogether, leaving the field manly for India, while Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia etc just play to promote Indian cause. The reason for the self denial approach of all these nations It is not clear but China has a border issue with India and fought with it a war in 1965.
So much so, Indian badminton board and mafias are eager to fix matches in India’s favor by adjusting the schedules, timings, weak opponents- Indian players would insist that no strong payers are pitted against poor Indians. Generally Indian top players face tough opponents only in final or semi finals. That they generally lose, unless some fixing is done in advance for they are very lucky.
In order to promote Indian players, some top players lose matches to weak players who in turn would lose to Indian players. That is a grand strategy of badminton community. In semi-fianls of Syed Modi International in New Delhi On January 28 Indonesian Hanna RAMADINI  lost to ordinary fellow player Gregoria MARISKA obviously so that she would easily lose to Indian Siandhu in the final if the Indian wins the semi final by defeating Fitriani FITRIANI  of Indonesia. This is a classic case of prior fixing to promote a particular player for some reasons. The Indian got Padma award o n January 26 and so they allwant to make her the title winner of the Indian tournament.
Simple. . .
India now seems to claim “ownership” of BWF badminton a sit wants everything according to its whims and fancies. Other teams obey or tolerate Indian dictates.
In fact, upon its huge success in cricket where it now decides many things as its privilege India is focused on badminton. In fact after IPL, India has floated such joint spots in many sports like hockey, football badminton, tennis, etc and obviously influences the players from aboard to help India at the “appropriate time” when countries play international tournaments.
So far India has managed some success in its efforts.
Though failed badly in sports in outside India competitions, it has an element of success in one field Badminton through matchfixing tactics with other nations, including China.
Today, India is top sport team in South and South East Asia and but for China and Japan it would emerged the sport super power of Asia.