Winning 3 medals (2 Bronze and a Silver) was something which was not quite expected from the Indian contingent at the ongoing London Games.
For a nation with its supposedly ‘lack of sporting culture’, winning three medals, so early into an Olympic tournament shows there definitely has been a change in fortunes for India, at least at this edition of the Olympics. Take Vijay Kumar for instance.
Kumar won silver in the individual 25 meter Rapid pistol shooting event, a result which even the most optimistic of fans could not have predicted.
The amazing part is that Kumar, who serves as a ‘subedar’ in the Indian Army, hails from a small village in Himachal Pradesh, and despite being an ‘unknown’ part of the shooting team, shot his way to glory.
While a medal from Nehwal was expected, Narang too surpassed expectations (and Abhinav Bindra of course!) by clinching a well-fought Bronze in the 10 meter Air rifle event.
So do the above medals reflect a change in India’s sporting scenario, or is it just a passing phase?
While some may argue that these medals are ‘just a flash in the pan’, the optimists may believe that they are a sign of good things to come.
Though I feel tempted to agree with the latter, I believe that hopes of India becoming a sporting power on the basis of these 3 medal wins may be expecting too much.
But I do agree that Kumar, Narang and Nehwal have definitely given India its best-ever start in its Olympic history and probably may have just set the tone for even more medals to follow.
So here is hoping India wins a few more medals at the Games and hopefully this edition is just be the start of a new beginning for Indian sport.