Through the Lens: Life and Politics in Asia | Society

Why India Lags Behind in Athletics

Medal winning decathlete Ali Ansari has to work as a laborer just to afford to keep up his Olympic dream.

By Richard Kujur and Jessica Goel for

The story of Ali Ansari, who’s won a medal in an international athletics event, might give us a glimpse into what hinders India’s thousands of aspiring and hard-working athletes from performing well. Ansari says he’s willing to work as a laborer just to afford the diet he needs as a sportsman. But that alone may not be sufficient. He says some organizational support is what the country’s athletes have been yearning for. He’s still chasing his dream of competing in the Olympics with no support as of now.