Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:57:33 GMT | By Rajesh Viswanathan, India Syndicate

India can win 5 gold medals at London

It is less than three weeks to go for London Olympics and to put it across in sporting language, the final stretch has just begun. Early indicators suggest there is a great likelihood for India to improve upon their Beijing effort. For all you know, the contingent could end up with as many as 5 gold medals in the bag


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India can win 5 gold medals at London

Tennis ‘bitterness’ could spur player performance

It is however a bit unfortunate that as we head into the games, the mood has been soured a bit thanks largely to the tennis controversy and of course the dope scandal that rocked Indian athletics late last year. At least, the rot is cleaned to some extent and we should be approaching London with a cleaner image.

Since Beijing edition, we have improved on quite a few disciplines and there are a couple of them where we have remained status quo. The good news is that we haven’t back-pedalled in any of the sporting disciplines. Let us look at how we have shaped up in each discipline since Beijing and who our medal hopefuls are:

Tennis
At Beijing, our big focus was on doubles and it will be the same this time around. All medal hopes are being pinned on the likes of Bhupathi, Bopanna, Paes and Sania Mirza. How well the fearsome foursome combine respectively is something we need to see. Given the fact that Sania, Bhupathi and Paes have all been in great form individually is a very noticeable feature. But, will they combine well is the million dollar question.

Individual woes coupled with AITA’s step-down approach have meant the pairings for London are manufactured rather than automated. Having said that, players are out to prove a point and great internal rivalry could end up spurring a higher level of performance from them. It could work both ways.

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