‘The first detailed history of India’s Olympic experience … a valuable addition to contemporary knowledge’–India Today
When and how did the Olympic movement take root in India? Who were the early players and why did they appropriate Olympic sport to further their political ambitions? In most accounts of Olympic history across the world, India's Olympic journey is a mere footnote. Olympics: The India Story sets that right. Drawing on previously unused archival sources, it demonstrates that India was an important strategic outpost in the Olympic family. It explores why the Indian elite became obsessed with the Olympic ideal at the turn of the twentieth century and how this relates to India’s quest for a meaningful role on the international stage.
First published to critical acclaim in 2008, this revised edition includes a new, incisive chapter on India’s medal prospects at the London Olympics, thus bringing India’s Olympic story up-to-date.