Our Olympic team vests say ‘India’. It should be prefixed with ‘despite’

Our Olympic team vests say ‘India’. It should be prefixed with ‘despite’

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Our Olympic team vests say ‘India’. It should be prefixed with ‘despite’

The case for an Olympic squad that’s not named ‘India’
The case for an Olympic squad that’s not named ‘India’

A blatant lie is on the vests of some Olympians in Tokyo. It reads “India”. It should actually read “Despite India”. The very existence of Indian athletes of global calibre is not because of India, but in spite of India. That is why I plan to form an Olympic bloc called ‘Despite India’.

Russia, banned from the Olympics for its state-sponsored doping programmes, is allowed to compete as ROC, which stands for ‘Russian Olympic Committee’ (but the full form is not recognized because the word ‘Russia’ is banned at the Olympics for now). Citing this as a precedent, I hope to persuade the International Olympic Committee to allow me to raise a team called ‘DI’.