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:
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.