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All Anglophone countries in Asia have not only failed miserably to enlarge opportunities for its citizens to access knowledge, but also as a consequence of dysfunctional schooling they are at the bottom of international sports. Indian children are the most deprived population in the world who are denied the joy of both learning and playing.

The common trend in the performance of developing Asian countries is the consistent improvement of native language countries and the drastic decline of Anglophone countries in international sports. Olympics and FIFA world cup are truly international events attracting audience across the world. While the number of countries that play international test cricket is nine excluding Zimbabwe, FIFA counts 203 members around the globe.

  • The maximum medals India had won in Olympics after independence was three in 2008 and China won one hundred medals in the same year. Similarly other native language countries such as Korea that won 33 medals, Thailand’s 8 medals, and Indonesia’s 6 medals are ahead of all colonial language countries. Rest of the colonial language countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines have not won any medal in the last three Olympics.
  • The performance of colonial language countries in the FIFA world ranking (as on Dec 2009) is also universally lower than native language countries. Every native language country has secured more than two hundred points and not a single colonial language country could get more than any of them.

One noteworthy feature is the consistent decline of Anglophone countries in every sport including games in which they had dominance and rise of native language developing countries. India and Pakistan dominated field Hockey for decades. From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men's team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, winning six gold medals in a row. It has won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics. India also won the Hockey world cup in 1975 and Olympic gold in 1980.However decline started in 1980s and by 2008, India for the first time failed to qualify for Beijing Olympics. Pakistan won the Hockey world cup in 1994 and by 2010 World cup held in India It finished last of the twelve participating countries.

India was an Asian power in Football till the end of sixties. India was the only Asian team to qualify for FIFA world cup in 1950.It was considered as the Asian giant. It entered the semifinals of Melbourne Olympics in 1956 which means it had one of the top four teams in the world. India secured gold at 1951 Asian games at Delhi, and at Asian games at Jakarta in 1962.It won bronze in 1970 Asian games at Bangkok. In 1964, India defeated Korea and entered final of Asia Cup. But now India is ranked 134 at world level and 21 at Asian level. No one expect India to qualify either for Olympics or FIFA world cup and never again to enter the final of Asia cup. Tragically it is not even a marginal force and prospect of qualifying for FIFA world cup in the near future is remote in the context of present bureaucratic sport administration. The decline is total and is irreversible as long as the Anglicism dominates Indian psyche.

Basket ball is the most popular game and NBA is the most followed league in Philippines. In the 1950s, the Philippine team was among the best basketball teams in the world after winning two consecutive Asian Games basketball gold medals (1951, 1954). In the 1960s, the first FIBA Asia Championship was won by the Philippines. In 1962, the Philippines won its fourth consecutive Asian Games gold medal and retained the Asian championship in 1963. Nevertheless Philippines is no longer an Asian power and pushed to the bottom of the ranking. Asian basketball power is ranked at the bottom behind almost all native language countries of Korea, Taiwan, China and Thailand. The ranking of Football is even worse. It has the dubious distinction of abstaining from registering for FIFA world cup citing poor quality of the game at home.

Except India all populous countries achieve top ranking in major games. Countries that are good in one active game that demands high physical ability like Football also tends to dominate other games such as Basket ball and Volleyball. Men’s team of Spain tops both Foot Ball and Basket Ball in the world by June 2010. Similarly out of the 115 countries that are ranked by FIVB (Federation of International Volleyball Association) Brazil tops the table by January 15, 2010. Germany, Spain, Netherlands and Argentina that are considered Football superpowers are ranked higher than India and Pakistan in field Hockey. USA tops the list of 92 countries ranked by FIBA (Federation of International basketball Association) in combined Men and Women basket ball teams.

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EUROPE: True sportsman spirit and self esteem.

The official language of every sport event around the world is the language of fans. Spanish speaking Argentina football player, Lionel Messi known in more than one hundred countries would address the press in Catalan language at Barcelona spoken by three million in Catalonia that is dubbed in not less than forty languages around the world. Though almost all the audience in the stadium and more than ninety five percent of TV viewers for cricket are in south Asia, one cannot expect Sachin Tendulkar to utter Marathi or Dravid speak Kannada or Dhoni in Hindi.

King of Spain declares Olympics Open in Catalan Language ...... Barcelona celebrate in Catalan
Indian languages are forbidden even from pronouncing “I declare the games open”. Not surprisingly south Asia is a butt of jokes in international sports. It is unable to even get a fraction of percent of medals in Olympics and a non entity in every game that has global presence.

INDIA: Colonial loyalty and slave mentality.

India is one of the fifty four independent countries of the worldwide intergovernmental organization, of which nearly eighty percent (79.81 %) live in the five countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and South Africa. The combined population of twenty two independent countries of the commonwealth is less than the population of Chennai city and total population of thirty three independent countries is equivalent to the total population of Delhi city. Kerala has more population than forty five nations of commonwealth and over sixty countries out of seventy two that sent teams to Commonwealth Games.

Loyal to the Queen ...... Commonwealth games 2010 opening ceremony-Official Speeches

Montreal 1976 Olympics - Opening Ceremony- Official Speeches
Barcelona 1992 Opening Ceremony - Official Speeches

While all colonial language countries are plagued by non performance and corruption, all native language countries give importance to language of local people. When English speaking commonwealth nation, Canada hosted the 1976 Montreal Olympics in French speaking Quebec province attended by Queen Elizabeth of Britain, all announcements, display, Pledge of Players and commentary were in French language. When Spanish speaking Spain hosted Olympics at Barcelona, a minority language Catalan was the primary language of commentary. When Athens hosted Olympics, it was Greek. It was Korean in Seoul Olympics. It was Russian in the Moscow Olympics. It was Japanese in Tokyo Olympics. However it cannot be Marathi in Mumbai, Tamil in Chennai, Hindi in Delhi, Bengali in Kolkata, and Kannada in Bangalore for even ordinary national level cricket matches that have no global audience. Anglophile elite are against the use of Indian languages for international sport events in India.

African Pride: FIFA World Cup 2010


South Africa has made every African proud by holding a very successful FIFA world cup. It is a great victory for the whole nation that has emerged only two decades from apartheid.

  • South Africa celebrates democracy and empowers people: FIFA World cup 2010 is remarkable in providing live commentary in all eleven languages such as Afrikaans, English, IsiNdebele, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. It is a remarkable measure to involve local population in the FIFA world cup. People owned the game and made it one of the most successful sports events in history.
  • South Africa Celebrates Linguistic diversity: The match ball for the 2010 World Cup, manufactured by Adidas was named the Jabulani, which means "bringing joy to everyone" in Zulu. The official mascot for the 2010 World Cup was Zakumi, an anthropomorphized leopard with green hair came from "ZA" (the international abbreviation for South Africa in Afrikaans language) and the term kumi, which means "ten" in various African languages. The South Africa national football team or Bafana Bafana (a Zulu term of endearment which means "our boys").
FIFA 2010 brings hope: Victory for humanity ......

Pride of Africa: South Africa has done it

Imagine Indian languages are used for international sport events. Sixty thousand fans, thousands of volunteers and over sixty crore Indians would have owned the game if national leaders of India had uttered few words of Hindi in inaugurating Commonwealth games in Delhi. Would not the football loving twenty five crore Bengali people of India and Bangladesh like to hear TV telecast in their language when another small European commonwealth country Malta can provide live telecast in Maltese language spoken by four lakh people. It would be shocking to hear for any European and East Asian to know that every leader in India inaugurates any sport event by announcing, “I declare the Games Open” in English and Indian languages are excluded from issuing even this formal statement.

A region of 1.5 billion constituting one fourth of human beings is unable to produce few athletes, and sportsmen of international standards. English centric education system has killed not only the efforts to produce scientists but also sportsmen and artists.

Two of the greatest athletes in Indian history, Milkha Singh and P.T.Usha broke the self defeating superstition of inherent incapacity of Indian masses. There is nothing wrong with Indian race but for being the race of imitators. It is opportunities to play and excel that make the difference.

For the race of imitators in south Asia, Indian languages are unfit for commentary. India imports commentators from Britain and Australia so that it sounds native English. It does not matter whether Indian fans understand or not. However in all other equalitarian progressive societies with self respect, language of supporters is the language of commentary and of public information.

Lionel Messi 2009 ......
ICC World Player

Messi Interview in UK
FIFA World Player

It is not surprising that every Olympic event  witness the rise of native language countries of the east such as China and Korea and the decline of Anglophone countries of south Asia because colonial language countries not only thwart education but also extracurricular activities. The fundamental secret of success in sports is the “Catch them Young” policy of providing equal opportunities to exhibit and excel in the chosen activity. It is sabotaged in Anglophone countries. The young are denied every opportunity to excel in any field. The tragic part is the denial of sports opportunities to the youth. Most youth in India never get an opportunity to dribble a foot ball, shoot a basket ball, and smash a volley ball. No other part of the world denies children the joy of reading and playing as Anglophone south asian countries.

Read Malayalathinde Bhaavi-Bhasha Asoothranavum, Maanava Vikasanavum” (The Future of malayalam - Language Planning and Human Devolopment) in Malayalam written by K. Sethu Raman published by Maathrubhoomi Books for further details and analysis.