The Asian games 2014 provided a great opportunity to perform at the highest level of competition in Asia region. A success here will boost to do better in Olympics. As many as 36 Indian athletes performed well to snatch bronze medals. Of them few excelled beyond expectations. The sports in which India won bronze medals are 7 in Athletics, 6 in Shooting, 4 in Boxing, 3 each in Rowing, Wrestling and Tennis, 2 each in Wushu and Archery, 1 each in Squash women hockey ,Sailing , Badminton women’s team event and rare 1 medal in Swimming for the first time ever. Twenty three of the medals were won by individuals and remaining thirteen were won in doubles or team events. 19 medals were won by women and 17 medals were won by men out of 36 bronze medals.
In the Asian game 2014 few of the Indian athletes participated in such a big event for the first time and had the distinction of winning the bronze medals also. Annu Rani in Javelin Throw, Naveen Kumar in 3000m steeplechase, Indrjeet Singh in Shot-put, Rajiv Arokia in 400m race, Sandeep Sejwal in Swimming and Varsha partnering with Aishwarya in Sailing. With the first time laurels these athletes are our prospects for future to go for Gold or Silver.
Sarita Devi women boxer did not accept the bronze medal but finally accepted the medal due to a controversial decision and she will come back much stronger in next Asian games in 2014. Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan played really well in the semi-finals but lost out focus and also the gold or silver. Yuki Bhambri in Singles also after winning the first set lost out the match in the next two sets. The Women Badminton team who a medal in the Asian games after 28 years lost in the semi-finals failing to do better against the Koreans or Chinese. Indian women hockey team played really well and can do much better in next Asian game 2014. The Indian swimmer did the country proud by winning a rare swimming medal in this type of high level competition, with better preparations he can go to step higher in next Asian games 2018.
These performances are just the beginning and a morale booster for the Indian athletes and the government. The national government and the Sports Authority of India(SAI) must provide proper infrastructure, encouragement and the Public and Private Industries must come forward to sponsor the athletes to perform much better in tougher competitions like Olympics.
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