Why? If people in some place are interested in certain sports, and not others, why is that bad?
Entire society interesting in just one sport is obiviously bad.Any game is good but just focusing on one game and exploiting the situation is bad.In India it has happened for cricket.Like multireligious,multicultural society is good,playing many sports is good too.
Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer: I'm sure all kinds of sports are being pursued in India,
They are not.
but I don't think competing at the Olympic level is necessarily a worthwhile goal by itself.
People who win at Olympic are asset to a country.Ofcourse they may not be as 'useful' as scientist/engineers.Its a game.Winning in any game at worl level definitely shows your mental/physical fitness, the experience useful to future generations.
All kinds of sports are being pursued but without any govt. assistance. If you go out into the farm belt in the northern states, you will find people pursuing alot of the combat sports, but unfortunately these people are very poor, who work the fields during the day or do other menial work like drive trucks or busses and then take to bodybuilding or wrestling in their spare time. Its a miracle that they still manage to reach a world class status with all odds stacked high against them. States like haryana, punjab etc have given India some great wrestlers likeDalip Singh Rana A.k.a 'Great Khali'(yes I know its fake but still) Dara Singh, Sushil kumar as well as some boxers that have bought India fame. I don't think the govt. will be making great investments in these states as the north has traditionally been considered the food growers for the nation. Probably why the the north lags far behind in literacy rates when compared with the South.