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!!
“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.
There are 70 days to go for the world’s greatest sports extravaganza to begin. So here I want to attempt to write about our own Olympic heroes.
There will be series of posts based on an individual Olympic medalist. I will keep you posted. For now let’s look back at the history of our Olympic performance till now.
To understand what these great men and women Olympian champions of India have achieved requires a quick look at history. Hockey was the only team event where India has done consistently well. But when it comes to the Individual events it took more than a century to win an individual Gold medal for India. Finally Abhinav Bindra has done it at 2008 Beijing Olympics. But again he is the lone sailor. No other Indian has won an Olympic Gold medal yet.
The gala event of Olympics happens once after every 4 years. A champion goes through grinding hard work, the perseverance, and conquering all financial and mental troubles to achieve that one medal. I feel these champions are real mad. Without madness it is simply not possible to win. They run, they shoot, they lift weight, they walk, run more and they do it every day. It is incredible. They live for that single moment.
Since the commencing of the Olympic Games, India has won a total 13 Individual medals. Wrestler Khashaba Jadhav has won the first Bronze for India in the year 1952. Then it took more than 40 years to win individual medal for the second time. Tennis player Leander has achieved this feet; the year was 1996. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari became the first ever Indian woman to win the medal at Sydney Olympics in 2000.
In the recent London Olympics India has done its best by wining 6 medals in individual sports. This is the greatest performance of our country in Olympics so far. Let’s be positive and hope to do one step better at Rio 2016 Olympics!