The reason it does not come as a surprise is that the 19-member Indian contingent won four medals for the country, which happens to be double than what 119 Olympians brought home.

With two gold medals, one bronze and one silver, the para-athletes put up India's best show ever in the Paralympics in sharp contrast to their Olympic counterparts who settled for a bronze and a silver, delivering country's worst performance in 12 years.

The blame game which started after India's miserable performance at the Olympics has turned out of context after Paralympics, because now it has become difficult for Olympians to justify the culpability they put on government for lack of infrastructure, support, and financial assistance.  

The laxity on part of the government is neither unknown nor unacknowledged, but it's high time that the sportspersons start taking active responsibilities for their own performances and tie-up the loose ends.

The irony, however, goes beyond the boundaries of India. USA, the table topper in Olympics medal tally, has more medals in Olympics (2,520) in comparison to Paralympics (1,939).

This gives rise to the argument that Paralympians in developing nations perform better than Olympians because of the unending need to prove themselves, an honest support staff and most importantly, less amount of political influence.

On a positive note, Rio Games have served as a warning alarm for the Sports Authority of India and with next Olympics four years away, India has ample time to analyse things and perform in a manner that comparison between athletes and their physical abilities ceases to exist.

JPN by: Ira Shukla