Important day for India boxers!! Know our Rio Olympians ! #India@Olympics

Boxing has been one of the strong disciplines for India in the last few editions of Olympics reaching its pinnacle with Vijendar Singh & Mary Kom winning rare individual medals for the country. However the story at Rio will be very different if our boxers do not make the right moves in the next few days at Baku.

Only Shiv Thapa in the 56 kg category has confirmed his spot in Rio so far. However tomorrow could be a super important day for India boxers as 4 of their main contenders will take the ring for a match in which a win would guarantee them a spot at Rio. Devendro Singh (49 Kg), Manoj Kumar (64 kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) & Vikas Krishnan (75 Kgs) all take to the ring tomorrow and hopefully will seal their tickets for Rio.
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Join us in wishing them all the very best and watch this space for quick update on how our boys have done.

That the boxers are fighting against such odds thanks to the politics surrounding Indian Boxing Federation makes this effort even more commendable. As with most things in Indian sports, whatever the boxing team achieves will be inspite of the federation than with their support.

Its surely going to be a very nervy next few days for Indian boxing fans.

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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.