Olympics is the biggest sporting arena on this planet. All the sportspersons want to be part of this mega-events, which is held once in every four-year. Winning medals for the country and standing on the podium are the biggest honour for the athletes.
Athletes eye on Olympics
The next Olympics will be staged in Tokyo (The Land of the Rising Sun) next year. Sportspersons all over the world are gearing up to produce their best possible performance in front of die-hard fans.
Jadhav first individual winner
In the early days apart from hockey thinking of medals in Olympics was next to impossible for India. In 1952 Helsinki Olympics India bagged two medals one in hockey and another in wrestling. Khashaba Jadhav was the first individual athlete from India who bagged medal for the country. He achieved this feat in wrestling, winning the bronze medal.
India lacks a sporting culture
India is never considered as a powerhouse in sports. Despite leaps and bounds progress in several games in recent years. But India is still far behind. Reason? Poor infrastructure, the involvement of politics, nepotism and many more. To a certain extent these may be the reason for the sluggish showing of our athletes at the international level.
China among top nations
See the example of our neighbour China. At present, Chinese athletes are making a splash wherever they go, leave their superiority. Good selection and proper guidance from the initial stage were the reasons behind the breathtaking performance of the Chinese athletes in all mega-events.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a silver medallist in shooting in the 2004 Athens Olympics, said, “Excellence in Olympics is important, but it’s only a small part of making an entire nation sporty in mind and body,”
India’s medal prospect
Tokyo Olympics would be an acid test for some of the medal prospect athletes of India. In the recent time, many sportspersons from the country bagged medals in world championships and other mega-events. As expected, India has an excellent chance to improve its performance in the 2020 Olympics.
Some athletes make the nation proud
People of the country love to see medals in the neck of Indian athletes as much as the successful landing of satellites on Mars and Moon. Some sportspersons have made the entire nation proud with their excellent performance. If they make a bit extra effort and fortune favours, then Olympic medals are not far from them.
Punia a strong contender
Wrestling has been famous in India since the ancient age. Luckily India has some of the world-class wrestlers at this moment. Bajrang Punia is one of the most favourite medal contenders. Evergreen Punia is the household name across the country. He’s almost everything in his kitty, won eight gold medals over his last nine tournaments. The plus point with Bajrang is his high-level fitness. He pounces on the opponents just like a tiger. Despite his poor performance in the world championship at Nur-Sultan, Punia picked bronze medal there. Medal is almost a guarantee for Punia, countrymen like yellow metal in his neck in Tokyo.
Bhaker eyes on Olympic medal
Following the path of Olympians Abhinav Bindra and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the bright shooter of India Manu Bhaker is set to make debut in Olympics next year. Bhaker missed bronze by a whisker in the 25m pistol at the ISSF Munich World Cup in May this year. But the fourth-placed finish fetched her an Olympic berth.
Sindhu needs consistency
The golden girl of Indian badminton PV Sindhu is now a vastly improved player. The current world champion and silver medalist in the last Olympics at Rio in Brazil is almost sure to win a medal in the next Olympics. The only weak point with her is her inconsistency. She is not consistent like her compatriot Carolina Marin and others. Therefore she slipped from second place to sixth place in quick time. But its common phenomena on the sporting field. Winning medal in Olympics is not a cakewalk despite any reputation of a player.
Mary Kom uncertain
Mary Kom’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics is hanging in the balance. Another pugilist Nikhat Zareen has demanded a fair trial for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She categorically alleged Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for favouring Mary Kom. If veteran boxer goes to Tokyo then despite her age, is still good enough to knock out her opponents easily on the floor. She was very much responsible for the promotion of boxing, especially among women in the country. Her cupboard is full of medals including a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. In the Tokyo Olympics, Mary Kom can floor anyone on her day. She is another bright prospect for India to fetch medal in next Olympics.
Apart from these names, India men’s hockey team is sure to qualify in the Olympics. Many other budding athletes are also limbering up to do their best and bring laurels for the country from Tokyo.