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After a not so great victory score at the Commonwealth Games of 2010, India is now looking forward to scoring great at the Summer Olympics to be held in 2012 in London. The Indian Government and the Sports ministry are trying their level best to train the sportsmen in the best ways possible. This is precisely the reason why the government has kept aside funds of 60 million aside to train the sportsmen who are going to be participating in the 2012 Olympics. For the sport scenario in India, the London Olympics is the most coveted event.
India is going to be participating in a number of different events in 2012. All in all, 22 different sportsmen (including men and women) will be participating in the Summer Olympics of 2012. Many stars are being approached to be present at the 2012 Olympics to support the Indian Olympic squad. According to recent news, the Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone has been approached to be present at the 2012 Indian Olympics. Deepika has been particularly chosen due to her connection with the sports of Badminton and also because she is the daughter of the famous Badminton player, Prakash Padukone and thus comes from sports roots.
India will be participating in a number of different games at the 2012 London Olympics. The event of Archery would be conducted in the Lords Cricket Ground and from 27th July to 3rd August. There are four events in the Archery section- Men’s individual, Men’s team, Women’s individual and women’s team. India has won seats in women’s individual archery event and the reserve team event. Apart from this, India has also won a single seat for men’s event.
Apart from the archery, the Indian players will also be participating in the various athletic events. The athletic events will be conducted from the 3rd of August to the 12th of August in the Olympic stadium. There are so many different athletic events that will be held during this period. However, India has not been able to qualify for all of them and hence, the country will be represented in only some of these games. India sportsmen have qualified for the following events- Men’s short put, men’s and women’s discus throw, women’s 800 meter and women’s triple jump and men’s 20 kilometer race walk.
The next coveted event at the 2012 London Olympics would be boxing. The Boxing events would be held from 28th July to 12th August at the Excel London Centre. The Indian Boxers will be participating in only four boxing events – Men’s Lightweight, Men’s Welterweight, Men’s light welterweight and Men’s Light flyweight. This is the first time that there would be women’s boxing events in the Olympics. However, none of the Indian women have qualified for the event. As a matter of fact, some of the Indian Boxers like Devendro Singh, Manoj Kumar and Jai Bhagwan will be representing India in the Olympics for the first time. The boxers are being given good training from now on itself so that they would be able to perform well at the Olympics.
The other two events in which India would be represented by the Indian sports people are shooting and swimming. As of now, the Indian shooters have qualified for nine shooting and three swimming events. The Indian shooters who would be representing India at the 2012 London Olympics are- Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Hari Om Singh, Ronjan Singh Sodhi, Vijay Kumar, Annu Raj Singh, Rahi Sarnabot and India’s gold medal Winner Abhinav Bindra. There are many expectations from the Indian Shooters as well as the boxers as they have already performed very well in many past tournaments. The shooting events will be held from 28th July to 5th August at Royal Artillery Barracks, London. On the other hand, the swimming events will be held in London Aquatic Centre and the Serpentine which is located in the London’s Hyde Park.
The Indians can also take much pride in the fact that the India’s much famous Snake Boat Race will make its debut in the 2012 London Olympics. The race has been included among the list of sports that will be shown during the London Olympics for the first time. However, the irony is that the Indian Hockey team may not be able to participate in the London Olympic. This International Hockey Federation has made the announcement keeping in sight the ongoing tussle between Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India over who would hold the rights to take the decisions regarding the Indian Hockey team and the game. Although the final decision has not been promulgated as yet.
The London Olympics are an opportunity for the Indians to make a mark on the international scene. The expectations are high from the Indian sports players who have already been performing well for a while now. Not only this but the government is also spending time and money on rightly training these sports people for the London Olympics. After the Commonwealth fiasco and the not so glorious performance of the Indian players in it, the London Olympics is a good chance to come back and outshine.