!My take on the Olympic games.
Even they boast a population of 1.3 billion but they have excelled in every field. As I have said before, I am not going to compare the might’s of Chinese with the Indians. We would also review the performance of our athletes in this Olympic Games later in this post. First of all we need to discuss about the pros, cons and all that factors which obstruct us from winning an Olympic Gold. What does an Olympic Gold medal means? It could be considered as the world domination in that particular sport. This is because, the one who reach the Olympics to represent their country are the one who are selected on the basis of merit through games held in their Country. We have National games in India and many local games which screens the talent present in India. But our athletes have let everyone down. We expected at least 10 medals from India but this time we have messed it up. All our players paved way for their opponents for the next round and made an early exit. There are only few who gave their best. Out of few, Vijendra, Devendro, Saina, Mary Kom, Kashyap, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar could be named as the ones who gave as their best. Few of them have also won medals.
During his time, we never failed to perform and by default the Olympic Gold went to India. In last recent years, the European nations have dominated hockey and the Asian countries have been finding it difficult to perform at the International circuit. Same is the case of Pakistan who succumbed to a 7-0 defeat to Australia. Leave Hockey aside and let’s talk about Shooting and Archery. We might feel proud to have the World number 1 Deepika Kumari who was a big medal hope for our country. A lot was expected from her but she failed to deliver. Ranjan Sodhi is our other number 1 who failed in double trap. Are our world number 1 only limited to India instead of world? I won’t blame the players as they have actually made us proud. It depends on their performance and may be luck factor is also essential. The Archery team failed to perform and so did the Shooting team minus Gagan,Joydeep and Vijay kumar.The Shooting team followed the Archery team and so did Tennis and table- tennis. Talking about the performers, I would like to speak about Saina who showed great maturity in badminton and won us a bronze. Kashyap was a surprise package in Badminton but the world number 1 crushed him although Kashyap gave him a tough time. Tennis was exciting not that Sania Mirza was playing but for their brave performances. I particularly loved the way our Men’s double ( Paes – Vishnu) and our mixed doubles played. But sadly, they were out too. So, now I would like to talk about Boxing. This was the first time in the history of Olympics that we had a 7 member team along with 1 woman boxer in form of Mary Kom. Boxing never ceased to impress us this time as well but we were not lucky enough to move ahead. Our boxers were victim of bad decisions and biased judging because of which our star performer Vijendra failed to make to the Semi’s.
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