Catching up on Olympics fever

Who do you think is India’s strongest medal prospects for the Summer Olympics 2012 ???

The countdown for the biggest sports event is over and the competition is in its full swing. The world’s largest sports competition, The Olympic Games where athletes from different parts of the world participate in huge numbers to compete in summer and winter sports has began.

I think, this time, India is more prepared to get some medals home. Competing against more than 200 nations who take part in the world’s most prestigious sports event, India is sending its biggest ever contingent for the London Olympics 2012. The final list of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) states 81 athletes in 13 disciplines would take part from India at this quadrennial sports event. In the previous Olympic season, 57 athletes in 12 disciplines represented India in Beijing, 2008.

This is the highest number of athletes from India ever, out of which  some have already tasted the sweet-sour competition at the Olympics, while for the majority, this would be a first time experience. This time the the Indian government has planned to spend over INR 250 crores to prepare participants for the games, in fact, foreign coaches have been hired for various sports events.

The 13 sports disciplines where Indian athletes would compete:

  1. Archery            
  2. Athletics          
  3. Badminton        
  4. Boxing 
  5. Field hockey     
  6. Judo    
  7. Rowing 
  8. Shooting          
  9. Swimming        
  10. Table tennis     
  11. Tennis 
  12. Weightlifting    
  13. Wrestling

India’s performance at Olympics: Past and future

The Olympics have already begun, and speculations are pouring in from all directions rooting the best aspirants for India. Saina Nehwal has made a winning start at the Olympics and set the mood. With a not-so-impressive performance in the 22 Olympics over a period of 112 years, till now, India’s track record at the biggest sporting extravaganza has been more of a miss than a hit. Nevertheless the discomfiting history, the predictions in the recent times offer a decent refuge. According to one such prediction from an investment bank Goldman Sachs, India is set to grab five medals at the upcoming London Olympics. There are huge expectations from the shooters, archers, shuttlers, boxers, and wrestlers.

Let’s check out India’s strongest hope for the London Olympics:

1.      Saina Nehwal – World Rank 5 Shuttler

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna badminton player,  Saina is India’s best bet in London. Representing India in Women’s Singles, she has raised the country’s hope for a gold medal this Olympic season thanks to her impressive line up of international titles (seventeen so far!) and the good start on the first day of the Olympics.

Although, she is attempting the Olympics for the second time, after a first time defeat in the quarter-final round, this time around she is deemed to be the only shuttler who could break the Chinese supremacy in the women’s singles arena.

She already has won a gold at the Commonwealth Games and eight Super Series titles in 2010 and 2011. Come on Saina, we hope nothing less than a gold medal this time.

2.      Abhinav Bindra – Olympics gold medalist shooter

He has made the Indians proud once and he can do so again. Winning an individual gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Bindra became the first Indian to have achieved this feat at the Olympic games. He has made the country proud by gifting the first gold medal after a long wait since 1980. I hope his achievements motivate other Indian shooters, Ranjan Sodhi and Gagan Narang, to give their best at the London Games. These three shooters are seen as the brightest hope for India in grabbing a medal in the shooter category. Come today (July 30) and the world will see the two stalwart shooters representing India, Bindra and Narang, in the 10-meter Air Rifle event. All the best, Make India Proud!

3.      Sushil Kumar – Olympic bronze-medalist wrestler

After winning the Beijing Olympic bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 66kg, Sushil Kumar is all set to participate in the London Games. He would be leading the Indian contingent at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony to be held on July 27. A gold medal at the 2010 World Wrestling Championship and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by his side, the young wrestler from a small village Baprola, near Delhi, is India’s hope to grab yet another medal at the Olympics (hopefully a gold medal this time).

4.      Mary Kom – World Champion Boxer

I salute the spirit of Mary Kom (a mother of two) for her grit and dedication. She is India’s only hope to grab a medal in the women`s boxing arena as she is the sole Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the Olympics 2012. Mary Kom is an inspiring achiever who has five world titles to her name. Awarded with the highest sporting award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, her eyes are all set on getting the Olympic medal this year. Representing the face of women’s boxing in India, Mary Kom is confident to win a medal at London Olympics. She is in a great form and surely a big medal prospect for the country.

Krishan Vikas (boxer), Rohan Bopanna (tennis player), Vijender Singh (Olympic Medalist Indian boxer), Sania Mirza (Women’s Doubles and the Mixed Doubles tennis) and Krishna Poonia (woman discus throw champ) also fall in the list of top contenders from India.

All the best , hope you lift many medals for India this time !!!

- By Namita Walia Sawant

Namita Walia Sawant is a Content Manager with On Target Marketing Solutions, a Mumbai search marketing firm . To find out more about our PPC services and how we can help you get the best return on your Google AdWords campaign, contact us now.

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