London Olympics 2012 Has Been One of The Most Awaited Sporting Events
It's less than three months to go for the biggest sporting event on this planet. London 2012 Olympics has been one of the most awaited sporting events and every nation will have their mind on achieving the ultimate glory. Olympic Games have always been considered to be the biggest test for an athlete and gives immense pleasure to everyone who is connected with this massive event.
For India, 2012 Olympic Games is very important. India had a brilliant Commonwealth Games and the players will be desperate to repeat their feat in the competition which is considered to be the toughest challenge.
In the last Olympics at Beijing, Indians won three individual medals, one gold and two bronze. This time Indians will be hoping to better that record. The time has gone when India only focused on team sports like hockey and cricket and now people have started shifting their focus to sports like shooting, boxing, archery to name a few.
It all started when Leander Paes won a bronze in Atlanta Games and was followed by a bronze by Karnam Malleswari in Sydney and silver by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Athens. It showed that Indians can do it and 2008 Beijing Games saw India getting its first individual gold.
Things are looking good this time around for Indians. Sportsmen are looking more focused than before and are looking fitter than ever. Some of the best from different sports will take the plane for London 2012 Olympics and the chances of India increasing the numbers of medals that they won last time are looking good.
There are many sports in which Indians can do well and boxing is at the top of the list. Manoj Kumar (64kg); L Devendro Singh (49kg); Jai Bhagwan (60kg); Vikas Krishan (69 kg); Vijender Singh (75kg); Shiva Thapa (56kg); Sumit Sangwan (81kg) have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games and these young boxers have it in them to win India some medals.
Vijender Singh will be leading the pack and his experience of winning a bronze medal in Beijing will be a great help for these kids. The boxers are in great form of late and each one of them has earned a quota place on the back of some brilliant place.
Apart from boxing, shooting is looking like a sport which can fetch some medals for India. Abhinav Bindra, 10 M rifle; Joydeep Karmakar, 50 M rifle prone; Ronjan Sodhi, double trap; Vijay Kumar, 25m rapid fire pistol; Sanjeev Rajput, 50m rifle 3 position; Anuraj Singh, 10m air rifle; Rahi Sarnobat, 25m pistol; Shagun Choudhary, trap; Manavjit Singh Sandhu, trap; Heena Sidhu, 10m air rifle are the people who will represent India in the Olympics Games.
Abhinav Bindra brought India the maximum glory when he won the gold medal in the Beijing Olympics and that gave shooting new dimensions. He along with Ronjan Sodhi are the favorites to beg a medal for India, but one thing is for sure that every shooter is raring to go and on their day can beat the best of the lot.
Sushil Kumar brought glory when he won the bronze medal and he along with Yogeshwar Dutt; Amit Kumar and Geeta Phogat will represent India in wrestling. Indian wrestlers have performed quite well in the recent past and they have it in them to bring India glory.
Athletics, Archery, Badminton are some of the other sports that India can do well in.
Apart from these individual sports Indian men's hockey team have also qualified for the London 2012 Olympics which they failed to do in Beijing Olympics. It is true that it will be very difficult for Indian men to compete against the likes of Australia, Germany, Spain and others, but going by the way they played in the Olympic qualifiers anything is possible.