Monday, 13 August 2012

London 2012 Olympics- Indian Triumph

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad concluded yesterday i.e., 12th August 2012. The 17 day long sporting extravaganza came to a mind-boggling end in London. In India, it was a day of celebration as Sushil Kumar made history by winning back to back medals, first Indian to do so. India, totally, got 6 medals, gold being elusive and ended at 55th position in the events' medal tally with 204 nations participating.

India gave its best performance at the Olympics till date. Point to be noted here is India had sent the highest number of sportsperson this time, counting to 81. There were fantastic performances from the medal winners. Few missed the medals in whisker. Having said that, we expected a better performance from the contingent. Vijender failing in the QFs, Bindra not qualifying to the finals, Gutta and Ponnappa failing to reach semis were few of the hard to digest truths. The biggest of all was the first round exit of World No.1 Deepika Kumari in Women's Individual Archery event. She was definitely a gold medal hope.

Nevertheless, India did better its performance and there are lessons to be learnt especially for the sports ministry and sports administrators. The main reason for the failure of stars, probably, was the pressure of the big event and the conditions in London. Olympics is a mega event and has great significance, the thought of this might have got into the skin of lots of players who did not perform at par. Also the cold weather at London might have affected the player performance. Administration now has sit back and look at the reasons of failure and address them before its too late for Rio 2016. At the same time it should not forget to felicitate the medal winners.

Jai Ho !!
2012 Olympic Medal Winners from India