In the history of 100 years, India has won only 28 medals so far.
Mumbai, July 22 (IANS)| With less than 24 hours to go for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the 127-member Indian contingent will be here with high hopes and eyes on the best medal in their Olympic history. The Olympics are being organized at a time when Corona is wreaking havoc all over the world. The Olympic Games Village is also not untouched by this epidemic and cases of corona have been reported here.
People in the host country Japan are angry about organizing the Olympics without spectators in the time of the epidemic, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government are organizing these games despite knowing this fact. However, the athletes have waited and worked hard for five years for this day and will be looking to do their best and bring medals for their respective countries. India has sent a record number of athletes to the Tokyo Olympics, due to which there are high expectations from the athletes this time.
India’s history in the Olympics has not been special and has won 28 medals including nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals in more than 100 years. India has won consecutive medals in hockey from 1928 to 1980 (except 1976). India has won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in hockey. Apart from hockey, Abhinav Bindra won India a historic gold medal in the 10m air rifle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
India did its best in terms of medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Two silver by shooters Vijay Kumar and Sushil Kumar, boxer MC Mary Kom (women’s flyweight), badminton player Saina Nehwal (women’s singles), wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt (men’s freestyle 60kg) and shooter Gagan Narang (men’s 10m air) from India. rifle) won four bronze medals. However, India’s performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics was disappointing and won only two medals. For India, PV Sindhu won silver in badminton and bronze in wrestler Sakshi Malik (women’s freestyle 58kg).
This time in the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association and the Union Sports Ministry are expected to bring medals in double digits from India. The government has spent a lot on infrastructure, equipment, foreign experts and training for athletes under the Target Podium Scheme. MM Soumya, who was part of the 1980 Moscow Olympic gold medal winning team, told IANS: “India will have to win medals in double digits. Archers, shooters, wrestlers and boxers have given good results in the last two years. If they keep up the same form. If you do, you can win a medal.”
“If we look at the performance of the last four years after the Rio Olympics, rifle and pistol shooters are medal contenders. I am sure India will win two or three medals each in rifle and pistol,” Vijay Kumar said. Vijay picked pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat and rifle shooters Dwiyansh Singh Panwar, Anjum Mudgil and mixed team pair as top medal contenders for India. Apart from these, the Indian men’s hockey team is also a strong contender for medals. Apart from hockey, India is also expecting medals from wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia.