India can win 5 gold medals at London
Bangalore: Rewind 2008: 3 medals including the first ever individual gold medal at an Olympic event. India had finally arrived on the global scene albeit at a gingerly level. Having said that, a start is a start and should only be taken in positive light.
The best aspect of India’s performance at Beijing was ‘low expectations, high delivery.’ After an ordinary effort at Atlanta where the team managed just one medal through Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s shooting silver, Beijing effort was indeed a solid one.
There was a marked improvement in India’s sporting approach since 2004. It was almost as if Rathore’s medal gave Indian authorities the much-needed wake-up call. Most associations introduced advanced training methods and foreign coaches with ‘Olympic’ thoughts were changing the whole attitude towards sport in India.
Now, whether the change is for real is something we will know to some extent at London and to a large extent at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. One thing’s for sure. We should definitely see some improvement over our Beijing effort at the upcoming edition in London.