At the 1974 Asian Games, India’s T C Yohanan won the Long Jump Gold with a record-breaking leap of 8.07 metres.
Today, at the Asian Games in Jakarta, India’s Sreeshankar finished fifth, managing a jump of just 7.9 metres.
India continues to struggle to match performances achieved more than four decades ago despite dramatically improved training facilities and exposure.
Cricket-obsessed India has a very, very long way to go to make its presence felt in world sports.
G Joslin Vethakumar