Points to ponder

Sir, — The Athens Olympics is over, and it has been another flop show for India. We expected medals in hockey, tennis, long jump and shooting. But in the end we have only a silver, from Rathore, to show.

In my opinion, India should seriously think of giving a miss to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Otherwise, it will be just another huge financial drain. The money which will be spend on airfares and officials, who accompany the contingent, can be more properly utilised, by providing modern training facilities to our sportspersons and creating a better environment. It is better to attain some perfection before 2012 Olympiad.

M. Soyuz Chanda, Sivasagar, Assam Yet another debacle

Sir, — Apart from the lone silver medal from Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Indians were woefully inadequate at Athens. Anju Boby George, after all the hype before the Olympics, could manage only sixth in the long jump event.

Our budding athletes should watch the replays of Olympics medal winners to get the mental feeling of what winning means in the greatest sporting event on earth.

Regarding our hockey team, less said the better. The team lacked cohesion. Will we ever catch the golden days of Dhyan Chand?

Ranji Philip Stephen, Kozhikode Our administrative set up needs revamping

Sir, — One more Olympics had come and gone and it is the same old story as for as India is concerned, except for the magnificent silver for Rathore. Even after the debacle, the same old sporting administration will continue as usual! Our sports administrative set up needs complete revamping.

Most of the officials are heading their respective associations for decades without producing any results. The whole set up should be made more professional and accountable.

K. A. S. Namboodiripad, Thrissur Good coverage

Sir, — First of all I would like to congratulate Team Sportstar for the outstanding coverage of 2004 Athens Olympics. From the August 21st issue, of the Opening Ceremony, to the August 28th issue of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's `Silver Lining' and the September 4th issue of Justin Gatlin `Sprint King,' all were simply outstanding.

The pictures were eye-catching. Regarding stories, the controversy of Greek athletes made interesting reading. The interview with Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the feature "For some, winning an Olympic medal seems so easy" were enjoyable. These issues prove why The Sportstar is the No. 1 sports magazine in India.

Regarding our team, except for Rathore's silver, others have failed miserably. The doping scandal (weightlifters) has embarrassed the nation further.

The Chinese, who finished second in the medals table, will soon become the world super power in sports.

Rajarshi Ghosh, Kolkata