Monday, August 13, 2012

India's Journey in Olympics 2012

Well this is my second entry to the blog, and there’s so much and so many things that I want to write about, that I don’t even know where to start!

But Olympics 2012 seems a pretty good right now, especially considering that its come to an end.

Well I always thought that India never does very well at the Olympics, in comparison to other countries, but being a naïve little person, never really thought about the reason behind it!
This time, Olympics was held in London, and India had sent 83 athletes to compete in 13 sports out of the 26, that were to be held in 2012. Initially the Olympics had only 9 sports when it first started in the year 1896. Boy, have we come a long way since then!
India won a total of 6 medals, 2 silver and 4 bronze. I have tried to provide summarized details below:
Gagan Narang won our country the first medal, on 30th July, a bronze one, in the 10 m air rifle event.
Next person to bring glory to India was Vijay Kumar, on 3rd August, when he won the silver medal in men's 25 m rapid fire pistol event.
After that Saina Nehwal, won our  2nd bronze medal and 3rd medal overall, on 4th August, in women's singles in badminton, where she was declared winner after Wang Xin, her Chinese opponent retired hurt.
Mary Kom won India its fourth medal, on 8th August, by winning a Bronze medal, in the Women's flyweight category in Boxing, when she lost the bout to Britain’s Nicola Adams.
On 11th August, Yogeshwar Dutt won India its 4th bronze medal in the 60 kg Freestyle Wrestling event, after defeating North Korea’s Jong Myong Ri.
And last but definitely not the least, Today, on 12th August, on the last day of Olympics 2012, Sushil Kumar won our final medal, a sliver in 66 kg Freestyle wrestling, after he lost to Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu in the final match.
India has achieved the 55th rank, out of 204 nations that participated this time.  Unites States won 104 medals and has the top rank.
A lot of funds had been provided for the preparation of our participants from the Indian Government as well as from private sponsors. But it’s the hard work of our athletes that amazes me, I mean the sheer amount of will power, inner strength that the sport requires and which they possess, its amazing and extra ordinary.
But the one question that is still circling around my head is why have we not achieved more, how are we still so behind, I mean we are the 2nd largest country with respect to population, and our intelligence is renowned worldwide, so how is it that we are lacking behind so much?
Well as much as I would love to answer all these questions, the topic is just too vast for me to cover it single handedly, so I would just have to give it up for now.
Right now I am happy and proud to be an Indian, because we have come a long way though I know that we have to go an even longer way.  
Well, all in all it was a good performance of India in the Olympics 2012, a performance that brought recognition to India and its athletic community.
Here’s hoping that in Olympics 2016, India will perform even better and outshine itself!

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