Guts ‘N’ Glory: Can India boxers make up for archers’ poor show at Olympics?

first_imgManisha Malhotra, CEO, Mittal Champions TrustThe Indians competing today neither displayed “guts” nor was there any “glory.” Archery was a gut wrenching performance that has put the elusive medal on the other side of a very tough path. I do believe that anything can happen in sport. And the men who finished 12th are still in a decent position playing Japan and then the USA. It’s the women who will need a miracle because as the 9th seeds they will play Korea in the quarterfinal. However, as the saying goes, if you want to win the tournament you have to beat everyone. So let’s keep our fingers crossed.        See Pics: Vijender Singh’s exclusive photosAs an administrator, back to the drawing board. The women went into the tournament ranked #2 in the world, and the men were #3 based on their performances over the last two years. So why does that not correlate at the Olympics?Cumulatively the archers shot close to 50 points below their average scores, not their best scores, their AVERAGE scores. Is it the pressure? Well, the truth is that this team has performed and got to the podium of world cups, world championships. So it’s not that they can’t handle pressure. So what is different at the Olympics? That is the million dollar question.We have to figure out what went right and wrong and then time to take a different approach. With the opening ceremony officially under way as I write this tomorrow we are all going to be fully gripped by the Olympics. It is going to be all around everyone, every media outlet and the topic on everyone lips.advertisementFor the Indians there are a few in action tomorrow. Starting off the proceedings will be the men’s archery team, who I am confident will do much better than today, and Vijay Kumar in the 10m Air Pistol. The badminton doubles pair of Gutta and Ponappa, also P Kashyap. The boxers also get into action tomorrow.Late evening will have defending bronze medalist Vijender along with the youngest member of the team Shiva Thapa who will be fighting in the afternoon.So medals on offer tomorrow are in archery and shooting. Let’s hope that the guts and glory shine through.last_img

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