After the Euro 2016, the Olympics is the biggest sporting spectacle in 2016 which will keep us all busy for 16 days starting from 5th August. The world’s attention is on Rio, and already there are many stories to keep us involved in the Games. London Record Broken in Rio!  In 2012, the Indian Olympic Association sent the largest delegation in our country’s Olympic history. A total of 83 athletes, 60 men and 23 women, competed in 13 sports. This was India’s most successful Olympics in terms of total medal tally, having won a total of 6 medals ( 2 silver and 4 bronze) doubling the nations previous record of 3 medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Men’s field Hockey was the only team-based sport in which India had representation in these Olympic Games. India also marked its Olympic return in weightlifting, after the International Weight Lifting Federation imposed a two-year suspension for the nation’s athletes in Beijing because of a doping scandal.  India also set a historical milestone as two female athletes won Olympic medals. Former World No.1 Saina Nehwal became the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic bronze medal in the women’s singles badminton and woman boxer MC Mary Kom also won a bronze. In 2016, India again goes into the Rio Olympics with the largest contingent breaking its previous record.

Could this mean a proportional rise in number of medals compared to 2012? 

Back in 2012 London Olympics India won 6 medals and for the second highest populated country in the world this was a record haul of medals. Considering 6 medals in London there is an expectation from the fastest growing large economies of the world to show their athletic prowess as well. The question is whether India can break the London Games record. If one goes for a detailed athlete by athlete analysis, then it doesn’t provide great optimism that India will win cross the London mark. THE EXPECTATION IN RIO  

The women’s Hockey team qualifying for Rio was one of the proudest moments for our National game

By Shaji Prabhakaran

Football Consultant| Sports Expert| President Football Delhi (FA)| Author| Ex-FIFA/AIFF| Consultant AFC, FIFA, ICC| CIES| Development| Management|

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