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India @ London Olympics 2012

Finally London Olympics 2012 came to an end. Actually it came to an end on 13 Aug 2012. I am writing it today partly because of my mood and partly that I did-not have time. This Olympics has been a joy to some and a disappointment to some. The overall achievement by India as a country has been encouraging one. From the last tally of 3 medals (1 Gold, 2 Bronze), this time round we won 6 medals (2 Silver, 4 Bronze). Most were new winners barring Sushil Kumar who won Silver after bronze in 2008 Olympics and created history by becoming the first consecutive Olympics medal winner in an individual event.

 

The government at centre and at respective states has been showering praise and cash on them.

The Disappointment and the glory:

There were disappointments too in these games, namely boxing. I for one believed that Indian Boxing Team was capable of winning 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze. The bouts however were controversial and so were the points giving system. The worst came when Vikas Krishan’s winning was reversed. It seemed there was something fishy there. The heart break was left for Vijender Singh’ quarter final match. He was one win away from securing a consecutive Olympic medal, a feat completed by Sushil Kumar then in wrestling.

MC Mary Kom, however saved the day for Indian Boxing by winning 1 Bronze (many including herself were hoping for a Gold, but it is a medal none the less no matter which ever color). She is truly a fighter and one hopes she fights in 2014 Olympics too. There she might get the chance of changes the color into Gold.

The role model in the making:

Winning of Bronze medal by Saina Nehwal was just not her win but a win for her father, her coach and more importantly a win for the girl child of Haryana. She has all the qualities and temperament of becoming the role model of girls of Haryana. One doubts that there would be many villages or cities in Haryana, who would NOT have celebrated her feat. She is most likely to become a catalyst for acceptance of girl child as the harbor and manifestor of glory. One is sure that in coming years with more of her success stories, Fathers from the state of Haryana (which gets bad press for gender issues and girl child issues) would want to raise their daughters to be like Saina Nehwal. Much like saina’s own father used to call her Steffi affectionately, hoping that the daughter will live the glory of legendary Steffi Graf. Given her age and her achievements, one only believes that there is going to be long glorious days ahead.

The Underdog of Shooting:

The underdog tag without doubt goes to Vijay Kumar, who no one expected to win as all the expectations in shooting were with the likes of Ranjan Sodhi, Abhinav Bindra and Manvinder Singh Sandhu.  His win was without fuss, I watched the final shooting competition which won him silver. He was very calm even after winning it. Though later many said that it was not right for him to ask for promotion, but I ask why NOT ? Wasn’t Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore promoted too ? Then what seems to be the harm here ? The guy is asking what is rightfully his.   It is good to see that sports minister Ajay Maken supporting him here. Being a JCO, if he desires to be a commisioned officer in Army after Honouring India at an International event. One believes it will only be fitting to do so and will show case the value Indian Army gives to its soldiers and their efforts. He should be given Captain’s Title in Indian Army (even though it might upset some men in Indian Army who have achived no such feat).

Vijay Kumar has been giving consistent performance in terms of shooting and earning accolades. He has been winning Gold medals in all the commonwealth games since 2006. He won silver in shooting event in 2009 and 2011. It would be nice to see those people who came from villages in India to be honoured and facilitated in both monetary and honorary terms.

Gagan Narang did not disappoint and won a medal for India, though many were hoping that he might win Gold. He again is in contention in getting gold in 2014 Olympics to be held in rio de janeiro.

The Encore:

Sushil Kumar did which many were expecting Vijender Singh to also do, though Vijender should not lose heart as he did reach quarterfinals and that itself is a huge achievement. Additionally age is in his side, so in next Olympics I for one STRONGLY believe that he will win GOLD. We should remember that it took Md Ali just 1 Gold to get recognized rest was his style and attitude (a positive one) which brought him so much acclaim. (Not that Vijender Singh needs recognition in India, but many including me have a desire that he wins Gold in Olympics.

Sushil Kumar on the other hand was likely to win gold given his recent performance but in final his health and fatigue gave away. The feat has been a welcome one. One hopes he is able to fulfill his dreams in future. It may be so that he might go for 2014 Olympics. It was a good win for Yogeshwar Dutt to who won his first Bronze medal. His hardwork finally paid off.

The Awards:

It has been raining awards for the winners of Olympic medals and those who participated. Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar have been awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for 2012. Last year it was Gagan Narang. Haryana Govt has awarded its players 1.5 Crores for silver and 1 Crore for Bronze. Now one has got news that  Olympic medalists wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, badminton star Saina Nehwal and shooter Gagan Narang will get audi Q5s for bringing laurels to the country from DLF Limited.

That apart, the company will also hand over Special Editions of Maruti Suzuki – Way of Life‘s mid-sized Suzuki SX4 cars to 15 sportspersons from Haryana who took part in the London 2012 Olympics, but could not win any medal.

This a welcome move from DLF who have been past associated with cricket namely DLF IPL. SAHARA announces medals of pure gold of 5 kg, 3kg and 2kg to every Indian winning gold, silver and bronze medal respectively in the London Olympics 2012. Sahara has been supporting Indian sportsmen for longtime and it is no different here.

All these awards from the corporate sector is a welcome move. One hopes that many other companies would come forward; such awards will encourage youngsters to fight and win more medals for India in future Olympics.

 

Yuvraj’s ailment

Like most of the Indians yesterday I was in for a news. Honestly the Indian cricket team has not been performing well and I have been trying my best to avoid writing about the humiliation they are going over there. 4-0 loss is bit too much after 4-0 loss via England. The news of Yuvraj not playing was no doubt an issue, as one thought that after the “remarkable” world cup, he must have got into “the Zone“. Where he could perform well even in Test Matches which is truly the final frontier for him to conquer in cricket field after MAN OF the TOURNAMENT he got in world cup (in 50 over one days and helping India win 20-20 over world cup too), which equates him to Mohinder Amarnath who got same reward for getting India the 60 over world cup of 1983.

Past few months have been full of speculations as to what is the illness and how serious it is. Now they say that it is a rare form of the disease called germ cell seminoma.

Now without doubt the doctor who gave wrong diagnosis is getting all the blame, but Yuvraj is doing whatever to protect people with “honest” mistakes. Any way when last to last year people had given up on him that he may not return to Indian side he came back and that too with a BANG. ( I for one always told my friends who said that he was out of the picture now… that some people just are born fighters.)

Now it seems that he has a bigger battle in his hand, which like all his fans I believe he would win easily just as he smashed poor little Stuart Broadout of the park for six sixes. This time when he returns he would be a TRUE CHAMPION (not that he isn’t already but earlier he was just in cricketing terms).One would be keeping track of his updates via his twitter account which one has been following since time immemorial.  Good luck to Yuvraj for recovering because whole of India will be waiting for another come back, this time too but with a BIGGER BANG.

The Sehwag Show !

The blogs must be buzz with the yesterday’s knock of sehwag infact the more appropriate word would be destruction by Sehwag of west Indies bowling attack.  Many now are saying that they knew Sehwag could get 200 in a one day after he made 250 plus in a test match in a single day  ( which is only been done better by the legendary Don Bradman).

I remember him saying that in New Zealand such task could be performed easily as the grounds are small over there  ( but many laughed at his statement then ). The 200* by sachin Tendulker showed that one can get a double century in a one day. The last century by Sehwag came against Bangladesh in which he smashed 175. After that knock things went quite in one day format atleast from him.

There was a  strange irony or the similarity in his and Tendulker’s knock in Gwalior ( sachin reached there in the last over) but the difference that he got it earlier. He got there in the 44th over and had made 219 off 149 balls by the time he was dismissed in the 47th. And in one of cricket’s stranger coincidences, both ODI double-centuries were scored in the same Indian state – Madhya Pradesh – at venues less than 500 kilometres apart.

In offices people were going crazy as sehwag approached his 200*. One can honestly say the “older” were more excited as they were running around to watch Television (where  ever it was located).

Lastly as one of my friend puts it so beautifully when we were watching Sehwag destroy the west Indies attack .

( a dialogue which was epitomized by sunny deol ) that :

jedun jatt bigad gaya na tan kaiyon ne le dubega.

(which translates into if a Jat gets wild then not even God can save you).

Now one would be waiting as to how Indian team does down under, though I think the kangaroos would have got an idea that this time Indians are coming for the kill.

I still can’t bring my feeling in words but I shall try none the less , the euphoria has not stopped and even after sleeping for 8 hours my blood is shooting up like my body is on Fire….. The feeling of being a world champion nation is unique. I specifically chose not to write about the world cup matches, hoping that I would write about the tournament when India would have won the world cup. (call it my superstition or whatever but 2003 finals loss memory was still there)

For starters Indian team started with on set saying that they were playing for India and Sachin Tendulker to win the world cup. Congrats to sachin Tendulker for finally realizing his dream,having played in  6 world cups , the last world cup has finally given the man what he wanted all his life , to be a world cup winner. For those who say life is tough, this man is certainly a good example of fighting till the end. When the tournament started many wrote India off because of their poor performance plus their loss to south Africa made expectation go low. The turning point I would say started when India beat west Indies and Yuvraj scored the century which was virtually an important match for India to qualify for quarter finals.

upon the qualification of India to quarter-final round came the test of fire………………

India vs Australia ( The 4 time world cup winning team, 3 in a row for that matter 1999,2003,2007). The beating that India took at the hands of Australians especially Ricky Pointing (scoring 140 and Australia 359) was painful reminder for all Indians of the dream being broken yet again.  The loss was more as the match was virtually single sided.This time too Ponting tried his best scoring 104 but Yuvraj Singh had something else in mind. The last shot that went for a four and his celebration told the world that India has arrived and Australia’s era is OVER.

Then came India Vs Pakistan, mother of all matches clash of the fierce arch rivals… Media built it up so much that Rs 250 ticket went for Rs 5000 ,Rs 750 for Rs 10,000 , Rs 10,000 for Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 15,000 for More than Rs 1,00,000. It was just mind-blowing…… The PMs of both countries came together to talk after 2 years. The match had everything from dropped tendulker catches to Wahab Riaz‘s Five wicket halt against India. The batting however collapsed for Pakistan and Misbah-ul-Haq‘s slow innings under pressure brought ire from Pakistani fans but delighted India very much. India bowlers rose to the occasion to finish Pakistan off.. Picking 2 wickets each.

The last match was without doubt the fight among the equals and the match went till the very last, finishing in the penultimate over for the match…

When the SriLankan innings began there was one thing in every individual’s mind that get Dilshan and Tharanga out early. Sangarkara gave a good fight but it was man of the tournament who got ride of him at 48.  Mahela Jayawardene walks in and he plays a blinder. when the six was hit at the last ball of Sri Lanka innings by Perera, to be honest I just thought India might not be able to reach it, just for a moment.

When Sehwag went for a duck then sachin India were 31/2 and like all of India PANIC set in but kholi and gambhir played well especially gambhir scoring 97 before that rash shot to get out. After Kholi walks in Dhoni and at that time I knew it India will win the CUP. Dhoni for one has a tremendous record against SriLanka scoring 183*.

HIs handling of Murli was superb as Yuvraj has problem batting to murli always. When Gambir got out Yuvraj Singh walked in and I thought it is best time for Yuvi to show that he is perfect for man of the tournament with a good finish in this match.  When Dhoni struck Malinga for 2 fours in an over to cut victory margin of 6 runs then certainly everything seemed relaxed. Fans in the stadium were waiting for a superb finish and dhoni gave them just that. The six that he hit of last bowl was fantastic, hope the Indian govt makes post stamp of that shot.

On a more personal note in 1983 when India won ,I was not even born and my father was exactly the same age as I am now…. ( remarkable the way history repeats itself) Finally young Indian’s can claim the new cup as theirs and in debates can fight over which win was better 1983 or 2011……. ….

Kapil’s Devil Era VS Dhoni’s warriors era……

Lastly sachin Tendulker might be playing his last world cup who knows  and if it is his last then salute to the great cricketer of India who has carried the burden of expectation for last 21 years on his shoulder………..

INDIANS LOVE YOU, you are our PRIDE !

The best quote which I found doing rounds of facebook was

1979 – West Indies – Check
1987 – Australia – Check
1992 – Pakistan – Check
1996 – Sri Lanka – Check

We beat all the world cup winners till now to lift the cup. We played like champions and deserve to be champion of champions!!

When this commonwealth was about to start many doubted whether it will even begin or get scrapped. I must confess that I was one of them. Mr kalmadi’s “spectacular” handling of things certainly brought India great many criticism and condemnation of the participating countries.

In the end it was left to none other than our chief minister Mrs Shiela Dikshit to get the job done which even involved getting games village ready. More so she became the target of foreign media especially the notorious Paula Henery ( oh did I spell that right…?).

Now the real weight of expectation was on Indian athletes and oh my, did they comply .India finished second in the over all tally with a staggering 101 medals in which there were 38 gold medals , 27 silver medals and 36 bronze medals.

Wrestling won us many medals 19 of the 21 events that they participated in and here to sushil Kumar dominated getting his gold by knocking out his opponent. Upon wining he went to Rahul Gandhi to get thank him for watching his match. In all domination of wrestling was supreme. The girls also didn’t do anything wrong, the sisters Babita and Geeta Phogat from haryana won silver and gold respectively. Their story was of remarkable success where their father had to fight off the sarcasms of the village when he decided that his daughters will play wrestling.

Following are the medals in wrestling

Gold                 10

Silver                5

Bronze             4


The winners are as follows :

Gold

  1. Ravinder Singh :    Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg
  2. Anil Kumar :    Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 96 kg
  3. Sanjay Kumar :    WrestlingMen’s Greco-Roman 74 kg
  4. Geeta Singh Phogat :    Wrestling Women’s freestyle 55 kg
  5. Alka Tomar :    Wrestling Women’s freestyle 59 kg
  6. Anita Tomar :   Wrestling Women’s freestyle 67 kg
  7. Rajender Kumar:  Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kg
  8. Narsingh Pancham Yadav :  Wrestling Men’s freestyle 74 kg
  9. Yogeshwar Dutt: Wrestling Men’s freestyle 60 kg
  10. Sushil Kumar :  Wrestling Men’s freestyle 66 kg

Silver

  1. Manoj Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 84 kg
  2. Nirmala Devi :  Wrestling Women’s freestyle 48 kg
  3. Babita Kumari :  Wrestling Women’s freestyle 51 kg
  4. Anuj Kumar : Wrestling Men’s freestyle 84 kg
  5. Joginder Kumar :  Wrestling Men’s freestyle 120 kg

Bronze

  1. Sunil Kumar:     Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 66 kg
  2. Dharmender Dalal :   Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 120 kg
  3. Suman Kundu:  Wrestling Women’s freestyle 63kg
  4. Anil Kumar :   Wrestling Men’s freestyle 55 kg

Then the excepted events of shooting too did not disappoint by performing brilliantly. The shooters especially Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang won us many gold . Gagan Narang in particular won 4 gold medal heights individual tally, it must be rewarding for him to win so many medals in his own nation and hopefully his disappointment of  not winning the Rajiv Gandhi khel ratna will be diminished, now as government will certainly honour him for his contribution.

The medal tally for shooting was :

GOLD             14

SILVER           11

BRONZE         5

The winner from shooting were :

GOLD

  1. Abhinav Bindra & Gagan Narang: Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Pairs)
  2. Anisa Sayyed & Rahi Sarnobat: Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol (Pairs)
  3. Anisa Sayyed: Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol (Single)
  4. Omkar Singh : Shooting Men’s 50m Pistol Individual
  5. Gagan Narang: Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle Individual
  6. Vijay Kumar & Gurpreet Singh : Shooting Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Pairs)
  7. Omkar Singh & Gurpreet Singh: Shooting Men’s 10m Air Pistol (Pairs)
  8. Omkar Singh : Shooting Men’s 10m Air Pistol (Singles)
  9. Gagan Narang & Imran Hassan Khan : Shooting Men’s 50m Air Rifle 3 Position (Pairs)
  10. Vijay Kumar : Shooting Men’s 25m Rapid Fire pistol Individual
  11. Vijay Kumar & Harpreet Singh: Shooting Men’s 25m centre fire pistol (Pairs)
  12. Gagan Narang : Shooting Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Pos Individual
  13. Harpreet Singh : Shooting Men’s 25m centre fire pistol Individual
  14. Heena Sidhu & Annu Raj Singh :Shooting Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Pairs)

SILVER

  1. Omkar Singh & Deepak Sharma : Shooting Men’s 50m Pistol (Pairs)
  2. Tejaswini Sawant & Lajjakumari Gauswami: Shooting Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions(Pairs)
  3. Rahi Sarnobat: Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol (Single)
  4. Abhinav Bindra : Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Singles)
  5. Asher Noria & Ronjan Sodhi: Shooting Men’s Double trap (Pairs)
  6. Ronjan Sodhi : Shooting Men’s Double trap Individual
  7. Manavjit Singh Sandhu & Mansher Singh : Shooting Men’s Trap (Pairs)
  8. Vijay Kumar : Shooting Men’s 25m centre fire pistol Individual
  9. Tejaswini Sawant : Shooting Women’s 50m Rifle Prone (Singles)
  10. Samresh Jung & Chandrasekhar Chaudhary : Shooting Men’s 25m Standard Pistol (Pairs)
  11. Heena Sidhu : Shooting Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Singles)

BRONZE

  1. Gurpreet Singh: Shooting Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol Individual
  2. Suma Shirur & Kavita Yadav: Shooting Women’s 10 m Air Rifle (Pairs)
  3. Manavjit Singh Sandhu: Shooting Men’s Trap Individual
  4. Samresh Jung: Shooting Men’s 25m Standard Pistol Singles
  5. Tejaswini Sawant & Meena Kumari :  Shooting Women’s 50 metre rifle prone pairs

In all shooting did not disappoint and wrestling became the new power house.This performance will certainly improve interest of Individuals in shooting and wrestling. Though wrestling can boast itself to be a cost-effective sport but certainly shooting would require enormous amount of money for ammunition and training.

One just hopes irrespective of the conditions, Indians will find a way and keep this performance alive and see a different side of sports which is nothing similar to cricket.

Over the last few days watching Lalit Bhanot preside over news conference is nothing short of a comedy. It is quite remarkable that people like him “full of caliber” are running Indian sport for so long. Kalmadi might be a target of nation’s ire but certainly Mr Bhanot is doing what ever in his capacity to “OUT RUN ” him after all 22 years of being head of athletics federation must come handy somewhere.

His comments have been so ecstatic that even Bollywood script writers might be turning up to him to write some comedy for their movies.

some of his comments are :

1.  The famous hygiene comment:

These rooms are clean to both you and us,the delegates want certain standards in hygiene and cleanliness which may differ from our perception,what is good for us might not be good for them. See everyone has a different standard of cleanliness. “

2.   The monkey comment which he made upon being asked by a foreign reporter about the racial profiling of indians as “monkeys” by south african swimmer.

“There are monkeys in that area and we are trying to get them out,which are present almost everywhere in Delhi.”

(Both, Fennell and CGF CEO Mike Hooper, couldn’t hide their laughter before explaining Bhanot what the question actually meant.)

Surely that hygiene comment kind off help cement the “stereotypical” image that the west had about India regarding cleanliness.  On an interview with Barkha Dutt , Salman Rushdie suggested that Lalit Bhanot should be spanked for giving such comments, most in India would say that they won’t have thought any better.

Now the real problem is that India does not has just one Mr Bhanot but rather numerous of his kind who just like to be heads and enforce their standards of cleanliness onto others.Now though it seems that his friends and Indian government cannot take any more of insult and has “clipped  his wings” and he would not be presiding over the meetings.

Whatever might be the outcome of this game for International media ,Lalit Bhanot experience would certainly be one of its kind.

Commonwealth Fiasco

The commonwealth were supposed to be the stepping stone on which India would have announced their arrival, the stage where world could see the power India has become but what it is turning out to be is a quite another story. The likes of Mr.kalmadi who have been sticking to their respective organizational seats for over 10 years each are now showing their true capability of getting things done,  that is NOTHING.

The case is much graver as it affects the image of India which is  been dented by these individual’s action.The organization they used to bring such name to India is Indian Olympics association. What it has done till now is a mystery to many ( even to sports person who will be represented India). Thing which they surely have done as pointed out in forgoing media is that it has projected a view that “Indians are not good  managers and a land of snake-charmers certainly cannot pull off a sporting event of such magnitude“. Mr.Kalmadi and his old friends will take it lightly because after all at their age it is  beyond to see what this action or inaction has done for future generations of India.

It seems these very sports administrators wanted to make some quick buck BCCI style but they forgot for that they need to have eligible people around  who certainly have understanding of managing big events, not someone who is dormant and incapable of moving or thinking .

Though yes Mr. kalmadi and co didn’t waste any opportunity in saying big words like the village the athletes will stay will be better that  in Beijing, those Chinese will be laughing their asses off what they must be hearing about the present condition of games village where only dogs and workers are having fun, shitting and sleeping where ever they want. The problem lies basically with the way our departments work namely MCD. This department is something which I have grown hearing as the most corrupt and backed by it brother department DDA which actually thinks that it is a stud department in whole of delhi and PM or CM stand nothing in front of them ( seems like dabang got inspired by them).

Delhi CM shiela dixit has been saying this for last 7 years to split MCD into 7 bodies on the basis of the districts of delhi namely

  • North-west
  • South-west
  • South
  • East
  • North-east
  • West
  • Central

This was not possible because those heading MCD this time were BJP and MCD runs a parallel govt to delhi govt. Their efficiency is well known. DDA for instance is an organization on its own and doesnot reports to delhi CM. These bodies must be made accountable and need to be broken and made to report to CM.

As far as Olympics bid that Mr. kalmadi wanted ,well given the scenario of commonwealth games in his esteemed leadership, that can only happen on his grave. The world body will in no way give such a bid to an incompetent organizing committee. In short only sports professionals must be allowed to run any of such organizations rather than those who wish to be just HEADs of various sports bodies for record holding purposes. Some one pointed to me that Mr. Vijay Malhotra of BJP has been head of Archery Association of India for 37 years , well that says it all.

The standing of the esteemed individuals is as follows :

Vijay Kumar Malhotra
Archery Association of India
President-37 years

K.P. Singh Deo-Rowing
Federation of India
President-26 years

Lalit Bhanot
Athletics Federation of India
Secretary General- 22 years

Jagdish Tytler
Judo Federation of India
President-20 years

S.S. Dhindsa
Cycling Federation of India
President-15 years

V.K. Verma
Badminton Association of India
President-12 years

B.S. Adityan
Volleyball Federation of India
President-12 years

Abhay Singh Chautala
Indian Amateur Boxing Federation
President-10 years

Ajay Chautala
Table Tennis Federation of India
President-10 years

Dig Vijay Singh
National Rifle Association of India
President-10 years

Yashwant Sinha
All India Tennis Association
President-10 years

Birendra P. Baishya
Indian Weightlifting Federation
A new boss for the body banned twice for doping

In order to do something for nation so that this games could really be something is 1st removal of such individuals so that their record spree could be stopped after all they are no Sachin Tendulkar representing India.

Coming of age of Indian boxing

Established in February 1949, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has been instrumental in uplifting the standard of boxing in India and in encouraging the young sporting enthusiasts to take up the game as their profession. Affiliated to Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), the world governing body for the sport, IABF has put forth strenuous efforts in bringing the boxing talents of India to the limelight. Championships at the national level have  been conducted by the Federation, to make the sports enthusiasts in India recognize the professional boxers of the country. “

This what reads on the website on Indian boxing federation, but many know that for 4 decades Indian boxing was in a sorry state , very few know about the names such as Hawa Singh (who dominated domestic boxing circuits) and Mohd Ali Qamar ( creating history by winning gold in Manchester commonwealth games) . It was first time that any boxer had done so and then Dinko Singh’s Asian gold.

Though in this decade it seems, Indian boxing are creating history and many would say rewriting it and in this crusades they are led by none other than the charming Vijender Singh who won bronze in Beijing Olympics.

This time when commonwealth boxing was occurring in Delhi’s Talkatora stadium many expected a good performance from Indian boxers but what they saw was remarkable performance. The hosts had picked a 10-member team for the competition and won 6 gold medals most by any country and declared Team winners too.

Performances like these could do wonder for the sport such as boxing which is picking up among masses and will certainly bring corporate sponsorship too , Sahara Parivar has already announced that they would be official partners of Boxing now apart from being officials partners of Indian cricket team and Indian Hockey.

Before the Tournament began Vijender Singh was saying “I want to convert the color of my medal to gold from bronze “, he was finally able to fulfill his wishes and of those associated with him .Jai dedicated his triumph to good friend and his room-partner Vijender for supporting him in his hour of crisis.

“Vijender supported me through an injury crisis in 2008 and motivated me to continue. So, this win is for him,” Jai said.

“I tried to settle down in the first round and though I was trailing, I was confident of coming back and the massive crowd support also helped me. He began to look tired after the second round and that’s when I attacked him the most,” said Samota, for whom it was a career-best performance in Super Heavy weight category.

While India clinched the team title, defending champion England finished runners-up. India had previously won the team title in 2005 with four gold and three silver medals in Glasgow. In 2007, Indians had fetched a gold, two silver and three bronze medals to finish runners-up in Liverpool.

Though those who missed out this time were Akhil Kumar (56kg), Balwinder Beniwal (Vijender Singh’s cousin,64kg), Dilbagh Singh (69kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) who crashed out by the quarter-final stages but their efforts need not be less recognized especially someone like Akhil Kumar who has been unlucky on several occasions.

Commonwealth Games are round the corner and with this power pack performance by Indian boxers in Commonwealth Boxing the expectations of Indian crowd are bound to be high and we will have pack houses for the showdown. Finally Indians can cheerfully say that they are good at sports other than just cricket.

Following are the results of the commonwealth boxing results. :

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Super heavyweight (91+ kg): Parmjeet Samota (India)
Light flyweight (49 kg): Amandeep Singh (India)
Flyweight (52 kg): Suranjoy Singh (India)
Lightweight (60 kg): Jai Bhagwan (India)
Middleweight (75 kg): Vijender Singh (India)
Light heavyweight (81 kg): Dinesh Kumar (India)
Bantamweight (56 kg): Ian Weaver (England)
Light welterweight (64 kg): Scott Cardle (England)
Welterweight (69 kg): Fred Evans (Wales)
Heavyweight (91 kg): Simon Vallily (England).

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