Four years of tense preparation by sportspersons across will be finally put to test in the London Olympics in July. As the sporting mega event draws close, it is time to find out how India can fare in the highest platform. TWF correspondent Supriyo Hazra analyzes:
The year 2008 was perhaps one of the landmarks in the history of Indian sports. The distant dream of claiming more than one medal in Olympics finally became a reality as three Indian athletes won medals to make the country live through some real moments of celebration. The Olympics 2008 in Beijing surely made India dream bigger than confining themselves within the paradigm of cricket or soccer.
Beijing Olympics provided India with new stars. Three men - Vijender Singh, Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar- became household names by dint of their electrifying performances at the highest platform of sports.
While it was Hockey that had made India taste gold in the past, star shooter Bindra brought home the first individual gold medal by winning the yellow metal in the 100m Air Rifle event in 2008.
It was in Beijing that boxing witnessed tremendous revival in India, holding the hands of Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh who defeated Carlos Gngora of Ecuador 9-4 in the quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics, to guarantee the bronze medal.
Bhiwani Boxing Club or BBC, as it is popularly called, has now become a household name for producing the champion boxers of India.
Haryana and Bhiwani is surely an epicenter, it is indeed a good venue where boxing and boxers have emerged over the years, says Rakesh Thakran, Secretary, Indian Boxing Federation.
Vijender played well in the previous edition of Olympic Games. Bringing India their first boxing medal, in a way he has caused a revolution. More and more children are taking interest in the game, Thakran says.
In Image: Vijender Singh after winning Bronze at CWG