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Henry

Justin Gatlin, US 2004 gold medalist 100 meter, was caught in doping test in 2006. he got 8 years ban.

U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin receives 8-year ban in doping case, forfeits world record.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/summer/track/2006-08-22-gatlin-doping-ban_x.htm

nathan

I've not read the article with the regression analysis, but it would be interesting to get into the details. How much does per capita income determine outcomes vs. total population? India has lots of people but very few medals (see article below). How do you reconcile the results in India (one of the world's largest countries by population) with the regression analysis? (is the benefit of a large population more than offset by per capita income and other factors?)

Family leads India’s celebrations of first gold
Aug 11, 4:54 am EDT

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=reu-indiareaction_pix&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Excerpt:
Bindra’s family led the party after victory in the 10m air rifle event brought joy to a nation of more than one billion.

...

India had only won four individual medals, none of them gold, since sending their first team to the Summer Games in 1928.

Every 4 year fan

I've always been fascinated by India's lack of success in Olympic competition. It is easy to dismiss China's success because they have 1.3 billion people to draw from, but India has nearly a billion but has almost no Olympic success. It can't be because they aren't fans of athletics, my understanding is that the Indian people go nuts for cricket if nothing else. Is the latent presence of a caste system that constrains individual achievement for whole echelons of its population a factor? Poverty? What is it? I think the answer to that question has fascinating implications for sociology and social anthropology...

Henry

it is widely quoted that Indian underperformance in Olympic is due to 2 factors:

(1) Lack of incentive. It was quoted by Indians on web that Indians mom and dad do not want kids to go for sports. There is no future of sports in India.

(2) Lack of infrastructure

Indian government does not spend dollar on sports infrastructure, poor GDP per capita, therefore 1.1 billion population does not help that much.


Indian's underachievement in sports may have to do with culture. Many countries from Africa have proverty level way worse than India, yet they still medal.

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