When it comes to India’s expectation from Rio Olympics 2016, various people voice different types of opinions. Some of these comments are purely based on patriotism and emotion and, they cannot be described as realistic as well. When you analyze things objectively, you can find that India has a reasonably good chance of winning a few medals, but you cannot expect an unprecedented historical performance from the Indian contingent.
For a few Indian sportspersons, Olympics are not just another competitive event, but it is the best way of making their country proud. Patriotism and commitment come to the fore, and they perform beyond all expectations to win a medal. The best example is Leander Peas, and he won the bronze in tennis at the Atlanta Olympics by making the seeding procedure a complete mockery. It was the keen desire and passion to make his country proud that motivated him to achieve the honors at Atlanta.
Jitu Ray is a strong contender in 50m pistol event, and he has enjoyed good lead-ins to Rio. In fact, he is ranked no 2 in the world and if things go well, you can expect a medal if not gold from Jitu in 50m pistol event. Abhinav Bindra is the golden boy of Indian shooting, and he won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 10m air rifle event. Gagan Narang is also a highly talented shooter who won bronze at London Olympics. Anyhow, both these shooters have not enjoyed the greatest lead-ins to Rio Olympics.
Saina Nehwal can be described as the best bet for a medal in badminton. She won bronze at the London Olympics and this ace shuttler has the potential to repeat this feat or even better that performance to bring gold. It can be said without an iota of doubt that Saina is a good medal prospect. If P V Sindhu performs consistently well, she can be a surprise package and Kidambi Srikanth has an outside chance in the men’s singles as well.
Yogeshwar Dutt has won a bronze medal in the 60 kg freestyle at the London Olympics. Now, he is competing in the 65 kg freestyle and his gold medal-finish at the Asian Olympic qualification in Kazakhstan, in March is a good indication of his current form. Yogeshwar has a realistic chance of winning a medal at the Rio Olympics.
The recent performances of the Indian men’s hockey offer great hope when it comes to winning a medal at the Rio Olympics. In the recently held Champions Trophy, they won the second place and the morale of the team is very high under the vigilant supervision of the coach, Roelant Oltmans. If the current form and performances are taken into consideration, we can expect at least a bronze medal from this Indian hockey team.
You cannot expect too much from Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna as a doubles team because of their contradictory playing styles but expectations are high when Sania Mirza joins Bopanna in the mixed doubles team. Both of them are top ranked players in the doubles and if they play to their potential, we can expect at least a bronze medal. This combination has the potential to win the gold medal as well.
Other people who are capable of creating some upsets and hold an outside chance of winning a medal include Deepika Kumari (Archery), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics), Narsingh Yadav (Wrestling), Shiva Thapa (Boxing), Vikas Krishnan (Boxing) and Renjith Maheswary (Long jump). Realistically speaking, these are the people who are capable of winning a medal at the Rio and if they have the burning desire to make their country proud, they will perform beyond all expectations to win a medal for India.