Slow Star & Ending with a Bang
London Olympics 2012 - that started off slowly and smoothly - reached a crescendo with the athletics event and finally finished with a bang yesterday. As an Indian, this was the first time I was looking forward to Olympics - primarily because of the various Indian Olympic Medal prospects - Deepika Kumari, Saina, Abhinav, Gagan, Paes + Sania, Sushil, Virender. I was convinced of the Indian support for the team at Olympics and also of the potential of the Olympic Participants. And they did not disappoint my faith in them.
Among the qualified players for London Summer Olympics, some of them fell short of their potential on the 'D' Day and some of them brought their best performance to the table. But my biggest delight was seeing the unknown/unheard/unexpected like Gowda & Krishna Poonia qualifying for an Athletic finals (6th and 7th Indians to do so), Kashyap qualifying for Q/Fs, Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze, etc. Thank you all the Indian players, for making us proud in the last two weeks.
Thousands of Stories
If somebody writes an account of Indian performance in London Olympics 2012, there are many stories to say
- Sania falling against the Chinese Hurdle
- 2 Indians Qualifying for London Athletic Finals
- Expected Medals in Boxing, Shooting & Wrestling
- After all the fighting and squabbling on the press, tennis players having the expected poor performance.
- Mary Kom wining her deserved medal and fame in India
- Yogeshwar Dutt ensuring that his name is not forgotten in Wrestling History
- Sushil Kumar establishing himself as India's premier sports player
- & many more.
And I am thankful & happy for all of them.
Thank You OCQ & MCT
But the biggest thanks should go to organizations like Olympic Gold Quest and Mittal Champions Trust. And I am sure that the team is thrilled to see their efforts in the last few years bearing fruit Hope these organizations (or similar organizations) don't lose sight - because of India's best ever Olympic Performance and Continue to find ways to support new & upcoming Indian athletes.
But the biggest challenge for the Rio Olympics 2016 is whether a new set of athletes - who are inspired and buoyed by these 6 medals - will go and win 6 gold medals for India. Hope 1.2 Billion Indians receive their deserved haul of gold medals in Rio Olympics 2016.
Bye & Thank You London! Here we come Rio!
P.S: Seeing the Olympics also reminded me of my beautiful trip to London - a year earlier.