SpotLight: Men’s Archery team to Olympics, Tennis saga and more




Indian sports this week saw both ugly and sweet moments, all in the name of “Olympics” (and also tag it with “serving to nation”. No! i am not referring to words of any of our tennis players).

Indian Men’s Archery team qualifies to London Olympics
Sweet news first! In the last of Olympic qualification event (World Cup Stage III) being held at US, Indian men’s archery team comprising of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee booked their ticket to London after an enthralling semi final win against Australia. Indian team will play against USA in final on coming Sunday.

Jayanta Talukdar already qualified for Olympics along with our women’s team. Now with this qualification, India will be seen in action on both individual and team event in both men’s and women’s category.

Go India Go!!

AITA changes his decision and sends two doubles team for Olympics in tennis
The decision which should had been done and dusted within 4 hours of meeting was debated over 4 days across all corners of our country with lots of bad blood. All India Tennis Association announced yesterday hour past noon that India will field two doubles team in Olympics. Leander Paes partnering Vishnu Vardhan as one and Mahesh Bhupathi partnering Rohan Bopanna as other are the two doubles team.  Leander Paes will partner Sania Mirza (if he gets the wild card entry) in mixed doubles.

Even though deadline for submitting the entries for doubles team ended yesterday night itself, the tennis saga continues. AITA selectors team fled to London to convince Leander Paes to accept the offer and not to boycott Olympics.

Hold your celebration! Paes may back out and we will be back to one team again. So much for “serving to nation” in the end!

Diju and Gutta in mixed doubles quarterfinals
Indian Olympic mixed doubles badminton pair of Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta entered into quarterfinals of Singapore Open Super Series on Thursday. They beat the Malaysian pair of Tan and Lai 21-15, 21-15 in the second round.

But our Olympic medal hopeful women’s doubles pair of Gutta and Ashwini crashed out in second round.

Women’s Kabaddi and Basketball team wins Gold
India wins two golds and one bronze at the 3rd Asian Beach Games held at China. The games which began on June 16th, ended today with China topping the medal table with 35 medals (11 golds) and India finishing at sixth position with 3 medals.

Indian men’s Kabaddi team, last time champions and tournament favourites can only salvage bronze medal this time.

Deepika Kumari, the world No.1
India’s young prodigy, Deepika Kumari became the new world No.1 in the recently released FITA ranking table. She became the first Indian Archer to reach top spot in FITA rankings. Earlier, she was ranked at No.3.

As a matter of fact, Deepika is just 18years old and yet to complete her schooling.

Women’s empower India
Suddenly its time for women’s to steal the show in Indian sports. Gone are the days of men’s domination. Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Deepika Kumari are best in their game of sports, women’s kabaddi and Basketball team wins gold in Asian Beach Games, Sania Mirza won French Open mixed-doubles, Krishna Poonia in discuss throw, Garima Chaudhary in judo (our only judo entry in Olympics) and more girls to glory!

May be its time for our Indian young girls to remove heroines (heroes too!) stills and start pasting these champions girls photo’s.

Have a good weekend folks!

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