GOLDEN GAINS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Aug 2018 12:50:24

HISTORY has started flowing in Indian sports from the sporting arenas of Jakarta. The 18th Asian Games are producing new heroes, adding to the ever-growing icons away from the cricket field. If the Commonwealth Games gave us a new champion in table tennis in the form of Manika Batra, then the Asiad has brought to fore another Phogat who can carry the tricolour in wrestling. The historic gold Vinesh Phogat won in 50kg freestyle event has opened up a new pathway for women’s wrestling in India and the Phogat stable has continued its fairytale. This was India’s first gold since women’s wrestling was introduced in Asiad in 2002. Vinesh’s success has the potential to change the face of women’s wrestling in India. Sakshi Malik’s silver in the Rio Olympics was a pathbreaker in the sport that had Babita Phogat as the foremost icon. Now, Vinesh has added gravitas to the sport with her historic triumph. These are all golden gains on which India needs to build in the right earnest for various marquee events in the near future.

DRUG MENACE

THAT some of the Northern states have decided to join hands to wage a war against narcotic drugs menace shows the enormity of the problem those states face. Attended by the Chief Ministers and officers of Punjab, Harayana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh, the conference held recently decided to set up special secretariat for the purpose with officers and chief ministers interacting on a continuous basis. Such coming together by chief ministers for a common cause is a welcome development and should yield good results. Apparently the drug menace among young children in these states has become a cause of concern for their Governments. Not long ago the Punjab Chief Minister had suggested death penalty for drug trafficking. Punjab is one of the most afflicted states and the Government is trying to control the menace. A joint war by affected states against it would make much difference in controlling the crippling disease.