India’s road to Rio for the Summer Olympics 2016 has been surrounded by controversies. The doping scandals to the selection issues to the court cases, these might have dampened the mood in the Indian camp at the moment, there also happen to be stories of hope, of redemption, and of legacies. Let us take a look at some of the inspiring competitors in the tournament, whose presence is certain to boost the confidence and morale of the camp. These men and women have been inspirations to millions in the country, not only through their performance but also through the circumstances they conquered, to achieve greatness.
Dipa will walk into the Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony as the only Gymnast in the Indian camp. She has come a long way from having “flat feet” to practicing with 2nd-grade equipment to being 1 of the only 5 women who have successfully completed the “Produnova” vault. At 22, Dipa’s story is a story of sheer hard work in the face of numerous adversities. And if she manages to successfully do another Produnova in Rio, India might add another medal to its bag.
The Indian Archery team will be missing the Opening ceremony fo the Rio Olympics 2016 due to their busy schedule. They have ben staying in Sambodromo practicing their art. The team had crashed out of the Winter Olympics in London 2012. This time around, the Indian women team of Laxmirani Majhi, Bombayla Devi Laishram, and Deepika Kumari are in strong contention of having a Podium finish.
This will be the last Olympics that sees these two champions practicing the art they have had mastered over decades. Paes, who comes into the tournament amidst controversies, will be participating in his 7th Olympics; the most for any tennis player. Paes is a bronze medal winner of the Atlanta Olympics 1996 and will look to give a strong performance despite the reported feud with Rohan Bopanna.
Abhinav Bindra is India’s only individual gold medalist in this tournament. He has been given the honor to bearing the Indian flag at the Opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. This Olympics will be Bindra’s Swansong as he looks to go out with a gold in the tournament.
It is true that the Indian contingent has faced many roadblocks on their road to Rio. But they are in Rio now, despite those roadblocks. These are stories of inspiration and courage. And as India looks to bag more medals than last time in London, these men and women will be the ones to do it