Though the state ended up fourth, it was second to none if reviewed honestly; the unfair practices that are recently adopted in the national games were a major factor in determining the medal balances.
This is no excuse to our failing in some events due to lack of coordination and practice but is about pointing out a fact which cannot be ignored if the overall development of athletics of the nation is the ultimate aim.
The recent trend seen in the national games is to unfairly fit in extra events to help the host state to get an upper hand. According to this trend, the Chinese Martial Arts forms such as ‘Vushu’ and ‘Thaikondu’ was introduced which gave the North Eastern states like Assam and Manipur an unfair advantage which they utilized in increasing their medal tally.
Giving undue importance to such Non-Olympic events will never help the athletics. Instead it will only help in growing a sense of dissatisfaction among the athletes.