India Is Rising. Why Isn’t Its Olympics Medal Count?

India Is Rising. Why Isn’t Its Olympics Medal Count?
India's Olympic team during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5, 2016 (AP photo by David J. Phillip).

Sometimes a game is just a game, but when it comes to the Olympics, many countries view sports as a metaphor for their standing in the world. The medal rankings constitute a black-and-white yardstick for national pride and, in some cases, much more. Even though the medals are won through the sweat, skill and power of individual athletes, a geopolitical subtext lurks beneath the medal counts. This year, the United States leads those standings by a mile; China is trying to keep up; and Russia, caught playing dirty, barely made it into the competition. But what about India? Despite being […]

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