Last two weeks were full of sports events. There were so many record broken, new records set and what not. I cheered for my country and many other players across the world. Olympics are not just for winning but for a true spirit of sportsmanship as well.
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I am little bit disappointed as we were unable to match our London Olympics medal tally. Shooting was the sports where we did not win a single medal this time but nevertheless our sports heroes put on tremendous efforts.
The fact that Indian Women showed the courage, the fighting spirit, the fearless and dominating attitude, and the guts was beyond compare. Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu are the heroines of this Rio Olympics for India. Being a woman especially an Indian woman, I feel so proud that girls of my country are making a mark on the world map.
You Go Girls!!!
This is a Latin expression which means “Faster, Higher, and Stronger.”
The important thing in the Olympic Games is to win but even more important thing is to take part and fight hard and to give it all. The essential thing is to fight and do well. This relates to our daily life where sometimes and many other times we have to struggle hard but we never say NO and we keep on going and this is the spirit of life.
I am dedicating this post to all those players from my own country, even though they did not win the medal but they fought hard and I am proud of them.
You all are an inspiration to us.
Abhinav Bindra was the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Indian Contingent and he has personally written letters to encourage our players. In Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, he finished 4th in 10 meter air rifle shooting. He missed the medal by a whisker.
Dipa Karmakar became the first ever Indian female gymnast to participate in Olympics. She finished 4th in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event.
Atanu Das is an Indian archer. He finished an impressive 5th in the ranking round of men’s individual archery event and he was the lone participant from Indian side.
Dattu Baban Bhokanal is a rower who represented India in 2016 Rio Olympics. He was ranked 13th in mens single sculls event. He had faced many obstacles and poverty to reach to the international stage. His life story from a well digger to becoming a world class rower is an inspiration to everyone.
Kidambi Srikanth lost to Chinese two times Gold winner Lin Dan in a hard fought quarterfinal match. I am sure Kidambi Srikanth is going to climb even higher achievements in near future.
Lalita Shivaji Babar is a long distance runner. She finished 10th in women’s 3000 meter steeplechase event. Running is in her blood. This Maharashtrian girl has made all of us proud.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were eying for the first mix double Olympic medal in tennis but they lost in Bronze medal match to Czech Republic.
Indian hockey team fought hard in the quarterfinal match against Belgium but could not win. The way team India lost in preliminary rounds against Germany, Canada was heartbreaking. Our boys put up a brave show and I am proud of them. Hockey is our national game. I think from Rio 2016 experience we are going to learn much more and improve further.
A big Thank you to our Heroes.
Hello one and all!
I have completed my series of posts on our Olympic Heroes. Do read Olympic Heroes of India to know more about our champions.
Well… Rio Olympic 2016 has started. The event is going to happen from 5th August till 21st of August 2016. Over 11000 athletes from 205 countries came together at the opening ceremony.
This time we have 120 sports personas representing our country at the Olympics. Do cheer our medal hopes Jitu Rai, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Yogeshwar Dutt, Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu and many others.
I wish all the best to our Men and Women’s Hockey Team.
Come on India!!
“Abhi nahin to kabhi nahin (it is now or never)!”
Now I present our 12th Olympian – wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt!! Do read my first post on Olympic Heroes of India.
Yogeshwar won bronze medal at London Olympics in Men’s 60kg freestyle category wrestling. He is only the third Indian wrestler after Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav and Sushil Kumar to win an Olympic medal. Jadhav had won Bronze medal in 1952 Helsinki. Sushil Kumar had won bronze in 2008 Beijing Games and silver in 2012 London Games.
As It Happened
August 11, 2012 London
Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran 3-1 in the second repechage round to book a place in the Bronze medal bout. In the Bronze medal match, Yogeshwar put up a spirited performance despite losing the first period 1-0. Yogeshwar, who was struggling to barely open his right eye, came back strongly in the second period winning it 1-0. Realizing that Bronze medal was almost in reach, there was no stopping for Yogeshwar in the third and the final period that he won 6-0. Dutt showed one of his best performances against North Korean to win the Bronze medal at the ExCel Arena, which was packed with Indian supporters. What a temperament and dedication to win this match!
Life of The Champion
Born in Haryana, Dutt started wrestling at the young age of 8 years. Balraj Pehlwan was his source of inspiration. Sushil kumar multiple Olympics medal winner is close friend of Yogeshwar Dutt. They are friends since childhood.
At Beijing Olympics in 2008, despite being so close to the medal Dutt could not win a medal. That was disappointing and frustrating. He did go through a lot of struggle. He spent time in South Africa nursing a critical ligament injury. Then he had a back injury. People started writing him off. This ironed will man kept going and created a history at the London Olympics winning a medal for India!
His Rio Olympics match is on 21 August 2016.
Thus concludes my series on our individual Olympic champions till date.
“Like every other athlete, I always dreamt of playing at the Olympics, and it feels really good to see that dream materialize.”
Not many people know that Mary is a five-time world champion. Everybody started noticing her after the London Olympics. When Priyanka Chopra portrayed her in a title role, Mary has become a household name. So here is our 11th Olympian – Mary Kom!
As It Happened
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, London
Mary Kom created history by becoming the country’s first woman boxer to win a medal at the Olympics. She finished with a Bronze in the 51 kg event at the London Games. Mary Kom lost to local favorite Nicola Adams by 6-11. However, she stood third in the competition and garnered an Olympic Bronze medal.It was first time that women boxing was included in Olympics sports.
Life of The Champion
Mary has keen interest in athletics since childhood. She got interested in boxing and took up the sport at the age of 15. She was inspired by Dingko Singh, an Indian boxer who won the gold medal in the 1998 Asian games. Boxing is her passion. It is the fuel that keeps her driven at all time.
The early days of her childhood were an extreme struggle with poverty. She had to help her parents in the fields, take care of her siblings, take care of the house and attend school. Despite being 5 time world champion, she was relatively unknown. It was Olympic medal that changed everything.
Today I present our 10th Olympian – Vijay Kumar! You can read more on Olympics and India in my earlier post Olympic Heroes of India.
“I have lots of medals but that Olympic medal was missing – now it is here.”
– Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar won the Silver medal at 2012 London Olympics in the individual 25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol event.
As it happened
August 2, 2012, London
Vijay Kumar started with a bang, hitting the target all five times and kept himself in the hunt. After a perfect five out of five at the start, Kumar, found the target four times in the second and third round, but missed it twice in the fourth. He fought back well and shot four times in the next three rounds and assured himself of a Silver medal.
Life of The Champion
Vijay Kumar was born in a humble family based in a small village of Himachal Pradesh called Barsar. His father, Bankur Ram Sharma, was a man of poor means. To support the family Vijay Kumar joined the army. It was there he took up the shooting. He was serious about shooting right from the beginning. Army life is full of challenges. Kumar says that the firm grounding of army life helped him to work even harder and fulfill his aim of wining the medal. Kumar has been awarded with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) by Indian Army after his splendid performance at the London Olympics.
Presently he is serving as Subedar Major in the Indian Army.
London Olympics was the first appearance of Vijay Kumar. He made it worthwhile by winning the Silver medal for India. Not only he has made our country proud but also set an example for young aspiring athletes.
“Nothing bigger than standing on the Olympic podium… It still seems like a dream, it is unbelievable.”
I am back with our 9th individual Olympic champion. Do read my first post on Olympic Heroes of India.
well… over the years Saina has proved her metal and she has consistently and remarkably done wonders in Badminton. Watching her play especially against Chinese players is always a treat for me.
As It Happened
Saturday August 4, 2012, London
Saina won the women’s singles Bronze medal badminton match against China’s Wang Xin at the 2012 Olympics, Saturday, August 4, 2012, in London. Wang conceded the Bronze to Saina retiring hurt after she won the first game 21-18 and up in the second 1-0.
Life Of The Champion
Saina was associated with badminton since birth as both of her parents are Badminton players and champions. Born in Hisar, Haryana Saina moved to many places before shifting to Hyderabad. Now her base is Bangalore city.
Saina started with no sponsorship. There was the huge cost for kit, shoes, rackets and other equipment. She had to travel a long distance for training. There was a constant fear of failure and the lack of sponsorship did not help either. Initially she lost way too many matches. All this hardship payed of and she rose to the top of her game.
With great coaches and mentors as Pullela Gopichand and Vijay Kumar, she managed to break the Chinese dominance. With never say die-attitude, grueling hard work, She became the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal in Badminton sport. She has won many Super series Badminton titles as well. She has been awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – the highest sports award of our country.
Truly the queen of Indian Badminton!
Her first match in Rio Olympics is on 11th of August 2016.