Delhi celebrates Rio Olympics with high spirit

The Olympic fever is rising and the country is busy with celebrations for cheering up the participants from India. As the participants are on a mission to win medals and make the nation proud, the government is also taking initiatives in appraisal of their achievements and also to inspire them. An Olympic Museum has been set up in Central Park, Connaught Place as a part of the Olympic Carnival. The museum, which started on 1st August and would go until 21st August, is an inspirational initiative to cheer up all the I

The events included in the Carnival consist of photo exhibition and cut-out images of famous sports personalities. It also includes a street-food festival along with various other cultural activities. The Olympic Museum will take you through a nostalgic journey of the events conducted in the history of Olympics. The participants who had taken part in different events in different years of Olympics will also be present there for interaction with the visitors. The Museum provides all the information regarding the country’s achievements in Olympics along with the details of future plans for the athletes.

The government has also arranged for a five kilometres ‘Run for Rio’ which was flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The starting point of the run was Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where more than 1,000 students of NDMC School participated. More than 20,000 students have participated in the event to cheer for the Olympic participants from the Country.

The grandeur of the Rio Run was amplified with the beautiful decoration of Connaught Place using colourful flags of 207 nations taking part in the Olympics. Apart from the festivities, the government has also taken initiative to set up LED screens in different areas. Central Park, India Gate, khan Market are few among the places where the LED’s can be found. New Delhi Municipal Council has taken the responsibility of arranging colourful flags in inner and outer circles of Central Park as said by the minister of sports, Vijay Goel.

The celebration started with a grand success which included various cultural performances. Various artists from all over the Country have been invited to take part in the cultural events. The food stalls offer a variety of tastes. It includes global cuisines and also street foods. Different types of games have been arranged for the kids in the carnival. In addition to the cultural events and food stalls, there are arrangements of stalls to buy various merchandise or products.

Vijay Goel, the minister of sports, led the Indian delegation to Rio. The other ministers accompanying him were Rajiv Yadav, Additional secretary Kiran Gupta, Directors Sagarpreet Hooda and Vivek Narayan, Onkar Kedia, Rajvir Singh and DG Ingeti Srinivas from the Sports Authority of India. The travel fares of all the participants were borne by the Sports Authority of India. The Indian Olympic Association arranged accreditation for a few selected bureaucrats. Although all of them are eligible to witness the matches only those selected members were allowed inside the stadiums, sports village and Indian Contingent in Rio.

The entire Country is cheering for the participants and hoping for a grand success in this year’s Olympic. The Rio Carnival in Delhi is a great inspirational initiative taken by the government to appreciate the hard work of the athletes of our Country.

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The Marathon Queens of India

 OP Jaisha, Sudha Singh, Lalita Babbar,  Kavita Raut

 

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Sports: Marathon (Individual)
Rio Medal Chances: Low

Indian Women Marathoners have done exceptionally well to get 4 berths at the  RIO Oympics. In doing so, they have surpassed their male counterparts.

OP Jaisha is the current national record holder and leads the charge of this strong contingent. Jaisha comes from a small town named Kalpetta in Kerala. She spent her childhood in extreme poverty  owing & surpassed extreme challenges to emerge as India’s top mid to long distance runner.
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Lalita Babbar and Sudha Singh are new generation mid to long distance runners for India and have won several medals in the mid distance races. Sudha is the second fastest marathoner for India after Jaisha. Both Lalita and Sudha are exceptional at 3,000 m Steeple chase and considers that as their primary event and have already qualified for the same.
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Kavita Raut was the 4th India women to qualify for Marathon after willing gold medal in South Asian games. She comes from Sawarpada, a small village near Nashik and has been a prominent athlete in the mid distance events at the national level.

Marathon is a difficult sport and require focused training under top class infrastructure and advice, which most India athletes are deprived of.There is a quite a distance between the top women marathoner and the qualifiers for India making the chances of medal very low. However, these India Marathon Queens are training hard in top spirits and looking for a strong finish at Rio.

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Indian Women’s Hockey Team – A Chak De in making

Name: Indian Women’s Hockey Team

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Sports: Hockey

Current World Ranking: 13

Rio Medal Chances: Low

Current Form (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest): 3

Indian Women’s Hockey team qualified for the Olympics at Rio after a gap of 36 years. For a nation which calls Hockey its national sport and where the male counterparts have dominated history, its ironical to see Women’s team qualifying after such a huge gap.

But, it’s a great news for India. With the qualification, the girls in blue also conveyed a strong social message to the country.

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Ritu Rani, Monika, Sunita Lakra, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Vandana Kataria, Sushila Chandu, Poonam Rani, Rajani Etimarpu, Savita & Deep Ekka are chasing an elusive dream. While these names aren’t really famous yet, a medal around their neck would propel them to instant stardom.

The girls had defied several odds to have a shot at Olympics medal. They have fought their personal battles. They have overcome hopeless hockey administrative set-up in India. They have overcome corruptions at various level. They have practiced at pitches not suitable for any kind of international level game.

Experts say that medal chances are slim given the gap between our team and other top team. But, the girls have really toiled hard since many months to sharpen the skills and effect a great upset.

If Indian women’s hockey team get a medal, and we hope they do, it would be a great spectacle.

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Deepika Kumari-Girl with a golden bow and arrow!

  • Name: Deepika Kumari
  • Sports: Archery – Individual & Team
  • Age: 21
  • World Ranking: 7
  • Achievements: World # 1 (2012), 2 Gold at CWG, Arjuna Award 2012, Padma Shri 2016
  • Notable Records: Joint world record holder in women’s recurve
  • Rio Medal Chances: High
  • Current Form (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest): 5
National Champion Deepika Kumari displays her gold medal after she retained the title at the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
National Champion Deepika Kumari displays her gold medal after she retained the title at the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.

Deepika Kumari is India’s leading Archery athlete and carries the Olympic medal hopes on her slender shoulder at a young age of just 22.

Born in a town near Ranchi in a humble family background (father, an auto driver & mother, a nurse), she fell in love with archery starting with shooting mangoes on the trees. She began her serious archery career in Tata Archery Academy in 2006 and has never looked backed after that.

She achieved a career high #1 ranking in the year 2012 with a gold medals at CWG and Archery World Cup. She is currently ranked #7 in the world.

In April 2016, Deepika Kumari equaled the world record shot by scoring 686 in 72 arrow ranking round at the Archery World Cup in Shanghai. This is equal   to the points scored for London Olympics gold-medal winning performance by Ki Bo Bae of Korea.

She is one of the prime medal hopes for India in Rio Olympics in 2016.