It wasn’t until the Olympic Games took off from Tokyo with impatience and as millions of Indians tuned in to see the opening ceremony of the long-awaited Games come to life, they had no idea they were coming to life. would point to a major disappointment.
India, which sent its largest contingent to the Tokyo Olympics this time around with as many as 127 athletes competing in 18 sports under the tricolor, had a 26-member squad comprising 20 players and 6 officials who would compete in the opening ceremony. of the Tokyo Olympics. Led by MC boxer Mary Kom and men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh, who were the flagships of this edition of the Olympics, people were eagerly waiting to see the star-studded Indian contingent parading across their screens.
Just as Iran’s colorful contingent passed – there was a resounding cheer from the show’s commentator as the Indian team appeared … but, oh wait, wait – without even lingering for a while. brief moment, the screen turned on our Sony platforms – both TV and OTT, split in half – dividing into squares.
An unfair act at the Tokyo Olympics?
On the one hand, on the left, the screen immediately minimized and reduced to a weak half where barely half of the strong Indian contingent of 26 members for the opening ceremony struggled to adapt and the other a radiant Anurag Thakur, the newly appointed Sports Minister of India languished and waved the Indian flag. We have been waiting … for Sony to come back and focus on the moment that really matters – the Indian athletes who are going to fight for the medals over the next 17 days but … no, the screen has remained torn between the two of them.
There were pointed questions that started to stare at us – Indian viewers watched in disbelief as the screen remained that way for the duration of the Indian Olympic athletes’ march. Anurag Thakur, who has just taken over from Kiren Rijiju, took up a large half of the screen as the people for whom the Olympics are what they are for the country – fought for their screen space. If that isn’t the most ridiculous hypocrisy in recent broadcast media history, we don’t know what it is.
Countless viewers didn’t get the goosebumps watching Indian players marching through the opening ceremony as their attention was diverted by the oversized, smiling face of the Sports Minister to the right of their screens. Horribly tampering with one of the most crucial and touching moments in the history of sport in general – given that it is the biggest stage in sporting glory, Sony has played spoilers by apparently trying to please both. parts and eventually irritate the larger mass.
Twitter erupted in no time as Indian viewers – who had been waiting for this moment since the day the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympics rolled down its curtains, poured their thoughts onto the social platform. But it makes us think – why did Sony decide to engage in this bipartisan act. Is it trying too hard to please the Indian government with this apparent generosity of poorly given screen time, one wonders.
All in all, this snafu stole the show from the most deserving, those who sacrificed, fought a pandemic, overcome countless obstacles, sweat blood and tears to reach the Tokyo Olympics did not have their due, from day one of the Games. And, it will be a shocking memory for days to come.
However Doordarshan managed to save grace and did not indulge in this and the focus remained only on the athletes. Take a moment now to see the Indians proudly parading in their shining armor at the Tokyo Olympics, safe from the intrusion of “others.”