• November 30, 2021

Rio 2016 Olympics and four Indian women!

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, from August 6 to 21, 2016, have come to an end. We don’t have space here to cover all those big achievers from around the world. Therefore, we will focus only on India, although it has been a disappointing story. As usual, India sent the largest contingent in history to take part in various sports disciplines, but for eleven long days after the start of the Games, the country raged and worried about an elusive medal that was compounded by some vibrations. negatives, comments and hiccups. However, 4 gorgeous ladies from a largely patriarchal Indian society came into focus and focus, giving the compatriots a unique opportunity to be proud of them.

In Badminton, the expectations were mostly from the former world No. 1 Saina Nehwal, but did not fail even until the middle of the competition. And PV Sindhu arrived, not at all in contention for a medal, and she fought like a tigress competing with players much higher in the world rankings. She set the ball of euphoria in motion by entering the quarterfinals of the women’s singles event and then storming into the semifinals. In that memorably aggressive match, she defeated the world number 6 and secured a silver medal upon entering the final. For a change, the cricket fever was replaced by badminton as all of India watched him fight wonderfully on August 19, 2016. Sindhu did his best to justify the country’s catchphrase ‘go for the gold’ but was ultimately overtaken by some killer hits in the world don’t. . 1 Carolina Marin from Spain. PV Sindhu won the silver medal and made the Indians proud and celebrated.

In the fight, the focus was mainly on Narsingh Yadav, who, unfortunately, received a four-year suspension from WADA on the day he was due to open his campaign, and on Yogeshwar Dutt in 65kg freestyle, who did not even qualify. on the last day of the Olympics. . Meanwhile, coming out of nowhere, Indian woman Sakshi Malik in the 58kg women’s wrestling won the country’s first Rio medal by winning the Bronze in the tiebreaker. The hopes for medals for India exploded after this wonderful moment and the Indian girls attracted absolute attention.

Two other magnificent ladies captured the fascination of the country not by winning medals, but by making revelations of what Indian women are capable of if given the proper respect and facilities.

Dipa Karmakar, from the northeastern state of Tripura, represented India in artistic gymnastics for the first time and came terribly close to winning at least a bronze. She finished fourth in the final by the narrowest margin and wowed the country by making the extremely dangerous Vault of Death. He became a celebrity and for good reason.

Aditi Ashok did what even the most optimistic expected least. In the sport of golf, dominated by the west, he was close to reaching the final, but on the day that mattered most he could not continue and slipped to 41st position. She also fully focused on the fact of what Indian women can do in disciplines that Indian sporting mandarins did not think enough about.

These four ladies, of course, apart from a few other promising ones, saved the blushes for India in Rio. A gold medal has been eluding India since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while at the 2012 London Olympics India sent the largest contingent in history and won the most six medals, but without a gold. This time India had to finish with just two medals even after sending a larger contingent than for London. In men’s hockey in Rio, India did very well at first, but couldn’t keep up the momentum with only the consolation of defeating gold medal winner Argentina in the group stage. There is not much to write about other fields of action in Rio when it comes to India.

State-of-the-art sports infrastructure and facilities are still miserably lacking in India and miles to go before the country of more than one billion can realistically expect better performances at world games. Our four ladies have given the sports authority enough material to think about the future. And of course, the power of Indian women can never be underestimated after the Rio experience. Now is the time for the right-thinking people of this country to free themselves from all gender bias, prejudice and discrimination.

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