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Peppy Atmosphere in a Cricket Stadium. Image Courtesy: NDTV
Peppy Atmosphere in a Cricket Stadium. Image Courtesy: NDTV

Cheer for our Khiladis at Rio 2016

It’s August already and we are just 3 days away from the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics that will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. India had fared well in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Abhinav Bindra winning the Gold while it wasn’t a great outing at the 2012 London Olympics as we didn’t win a single piece of the yellow metal. This time around India has flown out 120 players who will represent India in 13 various sports, that is up from 83 players during the 2012 London Olympics. With more players, let’s hope we win more medals than the last edition of the games.

Rio 2016. Courtesy: Wikipedia
Rio Olympics 2016. Courtesy: Wikipedia

Rio 2016 begins on 5th August and Indians will start their quest on August 6th with Hockey, Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Rowing, Shooting matches. Here’s a great list compiled by folks at Sportskeeda. I wouldn’t say this is our strongest contingent but definitely look very powerful on paper. Below are few sports / players to watch out for. According to me, these are the games that will guarantee Indian a Medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra have great chances on winning a medal at Rio 2016. Courtesy: Sportskeeda
Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra have great chances on winning a medal at Rio 2016. Courtesy: Sportskeeda

We have a good contingent in Shooting arena and wish the heroics of 2008 Beijing Olympics are repeated. Likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Manavjit Sandhu have done well previously and are surely the players to watch out for. Heena Sidhu – one of India’s finest Women shooter – will be surely looking for a podium finish. Shooting has been a medal winner for India for quite sometimes, let’s it is this time too !

Indian Women shuttlers - Jwala,Sindhu, Ashiwni and Saina. Rio 2016
Indian Women shuttlers – Jwala,Sindhu, Ashiwni and Saina. Image Courtesy: Indiatimes

Moving on to Badminton, we have some of the best players in world. Leading by example, the face of Badminton in India, Saina Nehwal would surely want to do better than her last outing at the Olympics. We can except a Gold from her, no doubt. Others including P Sindhu, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnapa will surely create some noise on the badminton court. The girl power is evident here. Go Girls !

Dutt and Narsingh with Modi. Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda
Dutt and Narsingh with Modi. Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda

Marred by controversies back home, the Indian wrestling contingent looks to move forward and perform well. However in the absence of Sushil Kumar, the medal winner from the last game, we need to see how the team performs on the mat. Narsingh finally makes it to Rio after the long controversy, let’s hope he comes back with a medal ! Yogeshwar Dutt is one name we can vouch for along side Vinesh Phogat – the Dangal inspirer – to win medals for India.

Let's see who will win a medal. Image Courtesy: DNA
Let’s see who will win a medal. Image Courtesy: DNA

Even though we have the big names like Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna, the tennis court looks blurry in terms of probability of winning a medal. Mixed Doubles is one crucial game where I feel, India has a good chance of winning a medal. Even with the world number 1 Sania Mirza on our team, the women’s double team isn’t close to Santina ! So we need to wait and watch how things unfold.

With Vijender turning Pro, we are missing another potential medal winner. Nonetheless, with Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa earning the Rio 2016 berth, they will surely make it count and won’t give up easily.

Boxers Manoj and Thapa. Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times
Boxers Manoj and Thapa. Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Archery has been another sport, where Indians have made an impact in the recent past. Deepika Kumari, the former world number 1 and currently ranked 5 is expected to hit the bull’s eye and win a medal for India. She had previously bagged two Golds at the Commonwealth games in 2010.

Indian Women Archery Team. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Indian Women Archery Team. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

Apart from the individual performances, the Indian Hockey team is surely to watch out for. With personnel change at the helm, this time we will have the goalie Sreejesh lead the team. The Indian team has given some breathtaking performances in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in London. With the likes of Sardara Singh, Ramandeep, Akashdeep and Manpreet in the lineup, it’s going to be a great contest to watch out for ! Not to forget our Chak de girls too, a loud shout out to our eves !

The Indian men's hockey team. Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda
The Indian men’s hockey team. Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda

So go on, download the events list and get the Indian jersey out. Just like we cheered for India in Cricket, its time for us to cheer for out ‘khiladis‘ at Rio 2016.

Indiaaa….Indiaa…! Indiaaa….Indiaa…!

About Atulmaharaj

Maintaining the blog for the past 3 years, I'm a Foodie, Techie, Cricket Enthu, Traveler, Blogger and a Cook ! You'll find posts within a wide range of topics from food to technology. Favorite Quote: "Traveling is like reading a book, one who hasn't traveled, hasn't turned a page.
  • Pankaj Gosain

    Good luck for all and this time we want more gold.

    • Atulmaharaj

      Yes, we have good chances of winning this time !! Lets hope for the best 🙂

  • sunita

    Indiaaaa…tup tup tup…Indiaaaa…tup tup tup and Indiaaaa..tup tup tup..
    I am sure that there is going to be a haul of medals this time in the traditional strongholds. I wish to see the hockey contingent on the medal podium to bring back the lost Olympic glory! All the pics in this post due tell us the grit, determination and the will to succeed…beautiful Atul as always!

    • Atulmaharaj

      Thanks Sunitaji 🙂 Yes Hockey should get gold and this time with women team also qualifying, lets hope we get two medals from hockey itself !

      • sunita

        Absolutely..two to tango..and how do I follow your blog via mail?

        • Atulmaharaj

          Right side, Follow Socialmaharaj tab – (Has some rendering issues at times, working on it)

          • sunita

            tried that…not able to click!

          • Atulmaharaj

            🙁 I guess that’s a browser issue, need to look into it. As a workaround, you can follow by providing the website name in Reader section of WordPress app on Android/iOS.

  • This time, I heartily wish our players will make the name of India glitter in gold! Indiaaaa….!!

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