India at Olympics Day 6 schedule: For its athletes and the fans, India at the Olympics 2016 journey has been more than eventful. It has been scary (in the sense that – CAN WE BE SO BAD?!), but above all it has been thrilling with heart-in-mouth moments coming so often (Indian hockey team failing to win against Germany was a match to treasure, truly!) And today, as we tell you what will be on display, let it be known that this may well be the most important days for the Indian contingent at the Olympic Games. So, make sure you tune in and keep updated with the latest goings on in Rio. Till then, check out India at Olympics Day 6 schedule:
GOLF Men’s individual round 1: India’s Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawarasia will be in action – 1600 hrs onwards: While golf may not be the most exciting of games for India, it has acquired some momentum over the last few years as Indian golfers make their mark on the international circuit. The Indian golfers at Rio will have to really play at their best to progress further. They will be facing some of the best golfers in the world and will need to quickly get used to the conditions which can change frequently during the day.
BADMINTON Women’s doubles: India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa vs Japan’s A Takahashi and M Matsutomo – 16.30 hrs – This experienced pair will be seen in action today. They have won accolades world over, but have a tendency to fail even though the opponents may not be great. They will need to ensure they perform at their optimum level to reach anywhere near a medal. Their fans in India would be expecting a top performance from them.
Men’s doubles: India’s BS Reddy and Manu Attri vs Indonesia’s H Setiawan and M Ashan – 17.30 hrs – The Indians are an unknown factor and how they will fare against the quick Indonesian pair is unknown They have been thrown into the Games with a tough first encounter and hopefully they find their rhythm quickly and emerge as winners.
Women’s singles: India’s PV Sindhu vs Hungary’s Laura Sarosi – 18.40 hrs – If there is a player who has made a name for herself over the last year or so, then that is Sindhu. In fact, after Saina Nehwal, Sindu is the one on whom Indian hopes are resting most on. She is young, quick and talented and will breeze past her first round opponent.
Women’s singles: India’s Saina Nehwal vs Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente – 19.50 hrs – Saina Nehwal is playing today! The great Indian medal hope, Saina will be coming up against light opposition, today, which is the first outing for her at Rio Olympics. This will surely help her to get into the swing of things to face stiffer opponents she will face ahead.
Men’s singles: India’s K Srikkanth vs Mexico’s Lino Munoz 05.35 (12th Aug) – Srikkanth has done extremely well for himself in recent months and the preparations have been on schedule for the Olympic Games. He has oodles of talent, but has a propensity of losing to unheralded opponents and sometimes he retreats on the big stage. Hopefully, he ahs ironed out all the chinks in his armour before leaving for Rio.
ARCHERY Women’s individual Round of 16 India’s Bombayla Devi Laishram vs Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia – 17.56 hrs – For the Indian archery contingent, it has been a tale of disappointment interspersed with some hope. Bombayla Devi, who has made it into the next round will be looking to really power herself into the next round to keep at least some hope of glory afloat.
HOCKEY Men: India vs The Netherlands – 18.30 hrs Women: India vs USA – 4.00 (12th Aug) – The Indian men’s hockey team has been performing in a weird manner. They are losing the matches they should be winning and winning the matches they should be losing. However, now India must perform or perish. They have to get into the next round and they should leave nothing to chance. However, The Netherlands are one of the favourites to win the gold medal! The going is set to get tough for India. The question is, how tough is India?
The Indian women on the other hand have gone from bad to worse. They were roundly thrashed by a rampaging Australia 1-6 – Oz themselves lost the first 2 games they have played at Rio, but against India they just were too good. To put things in perspective, India will be playing against the USA today, a team that beat Australia 2-1! Hope just died?
BOXING Men’s bantam 56 kg Round of 32: India’s Shiva Thapa vs Cuba’s R Ramirez – 20.00 hrs – Indians have increasingly been making waves in boxing over the recent years. They have done well at the international stage and have the potential to go all the way and win a medal for the country. But, the going will be very difficult as the best boxers in the world will be seen in action.
TENNIS Mixed doubles round 1: India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna vs Australia’s Samantha Stosur and Jimmy Peers – 12.00 hrs (12th Aug) – The Indian fans saw their tennis icons Sania Mirza and Leander Paes crash out very early in the tournament. Now Sania is back in the doubles. The Indian duo will be playing against the Australians who are experienced and hungry for a win. Sania and co will really have to play out of their socks to beat them. No easy pickings here.