Ranjeet Walunj

August 11, 2008

India’s first ever individual gold by Abhinav Bindra :-)

I’m feeling so happy after indian prayers being answered and we grabbed our First ever individual Gold.

Abhinav Bindra has won India’s first every individual Olympic Gold medal on monday with a thrilling come-from behind victory in the men’s 10 metres air rifle event.

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India's Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

India’s Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle in Beijing on August 11 with an incredible performance in the final. Bindra shot a total score of 700.5.

India’s last Olympic gold medal was from hockey (8’th gold) at the 1980 mosco olympics. Bindra’s feat betters the silver medal effort of double trap shooter Rajvardhan Singh Rathore at the Athens games in 2004.

Abhinav Bindra has started something which was eluding India for so long. And this is just the beginning and we should be able to finish high and it should work as an inspiration for all the players as well as future Olympics will bring lot of glorious moments like this.
We all Indians are proud of you abhinav.

Another medal hope, Saina Nehwal is in the Quarter finals (last 8) of Women’s Badminton Singles after beating 4th seeded Chen Wang of China.

This is another medal hope for India, and finally the scene is looking very good.

August 9, 2008

Indian Dream at Beijing Olympics……

Filed under: Beijing Olympics, Sports — Tags: , , , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 1:43 am

Today, it was wonderful opening ceremony of Olympic at the National Stadium in Beijing, China.
China organised the awesome grand spectacular opening ceremony.

Few of the photographs from the opening show are as follows: (Taken from Rediff.com)

Indian team at beijing olympics _ Rathod bearing the flag

Indian team at Beijing Olympics _ Rathore bearing the flag

I really want and hope that this time We will win few medals and try to prove that we are also good in other games too.

I know historically we have had very bad performances in the previous Olympics barring 3-4 performances (highest being the silver medal by Rajvardhan Singh Rathore).

Its bit difficult to digest that many smaller and poor countries manage to get medals at the games and India which has a population over 1 billion (and which can not be classified as poor country anymore) is unable to produce medal winning performances.

I know these talks take place at every Olympics and people criticize the teams, players, government, officials, coaches, systems and everything they can.

Somewhere we have to realise that the other countries do emphasis on great infrastructure for sports and provide many facilities to players. And bringing medals at Olympics is a sustained effort which immediately starts after Olympics is over.

Players/Teams are continuously practicing for almost 3-4 years to achieve a dream of medal in Olympics.
I think Indian players would also be doing the same (?) ,  however still our performances are poor at crucial junctures.

Do we Indians lack “Killer Instincts” in achieving our goals in life ? Or we always try to blame someone else for our failures ?

I want to seriously hope and believe that we will win at least one Gold Medal this time. And I’m 100% sure that every true Indian (even if he is criticizing and having many other problems to sort in his life) has this wish in his mind and is hoping that this will happen in Beijing Olympics.

May the forces be with our team.

India has sent 99 member squad to participate in 2008 Beijing Olympics (8 august to 24’th august 2008).
Out of those 99 member squad only 57 will be taking part in events and representing india and remaining 42 officials are on official paid holiday in Beijing.

Btw, my friend Reem (his blog) told me something shocking, couple of coach of Indian teams could not get the tickets for Olympics in time, but our officials have managed to get tickets for their entire family on free all paid tour of Beijing under the pretext of  accompanying the players. This is certainly shameful.

Why are these guys screwing our hard-earned money (which we paid as several weird taxes to government) on their family holidays ?

Anyways all the best for the Indian Team at Beijing Olympics.

Update: India’s Abhinav Bindra has won first ever Individual Gold medal for india in men’s 10m Air Rifle Event. Click Here

Have a look at following photographs @ opening ceremony.
(Chinese guys are indeed good in firecrackers + lighting)

Olympic Rings at Beijing Olympics Opening ceremony

Olympic Rings at Beijing Olympics Opening ceremony

Firecrackers around the stadium

Firecrackers around the stadium

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