A Kadir Jasin
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LATEST, Aug. 10 - Pandelela Rinong Pamg won bronze in the 10-metre dive, making it the second medal for Malaysia and putting the country 50th in ranking with six other nations.
MIDWAY through the London Olympic, New Zealand once again emerged as a dominant sporting nation. It is the country with the smallest population hauling the most number of medals.
By August 7, it had won three gold, one silver and four bronze medals to make the total of eight, putting it 16th in medal tally. It is a developed country with a population of just over 4.4 million.
India is the worse performer. It is a developing country with over 1.2 billion people and had so far won only one silver and two bronze to occupy the 37th position. India is rivaled only by China by way of population. China has over 1.3 billion people and is leading the medal haul with a total of 64 so far – 31 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze.
Running second is the world’s most powerful nation - the USA. To date it is trailing China by one medal. It had so far won 29 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze.
China, US, Russia, Great Britain, Japan, France, South Korea, Germany, Australia and Italy made the top 10. Except for China, they are all industrialised nations.
If my old method calculation is correct, there is one Olympic medal for every 21million (corrected) Chinese as opposed to one for every 554,000 New Zealanders.
But do not forget small and poor nations that also do well. Topping the chart is Cuba in number 21 with seven medals, Jamaica aka the country of Usain Bolt, number 29 with four and Dominican Republic number 40 with two medal – a gold and a silver.
The high performance of some countries and the poor performance of others are the combined product of political systems, cultures and sense of patriotism of the people.
As for us, all these is summed up by one solitary silver medal in badminton with the courtesy of Lim Chong Wei.
Perhaps our sports officials, starting with the Sports Minister right down to sportsmen and women should pause and consider whether “janji ditepati” – promised fulfilled. I guess not.