Wrestling, the last hope for a medal?

Rishav Narang / 16 August 2016

Ten days have passed since the first Indian player competed in an event in this year’s Olympics but still the walls of t of IOC are waiting for the first medal to be hanged on it. This year’s quadrennial event can be termed as no medal event for India.

Failures of stalwarts like Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Deepika Kumari and Saina Nehwal has been the biggest disappointment for India. It blows on the chest for Indian contingent as hopes were high on them.

These 10 days have been a bad experience for fans and Indian media covering the event. Out of a population of 130 crores, not even a single person who can win a medal in Olympics?

Still, there were few who stood up against all odds and came quite close to the medal but missed that last nod. Dipa Karmakar, Dattu Bhokanal, Lalita Babar and Dutee Chand have been the few who shot to fame with their brilliance. Few of them were unheard before this event but they rose to fame and prominence with their hard work.

Now it’s time to turn face towards the wrestling team with Yogeshwar Dutt and Narsingh Yadav on the main frame.

The Haryana boy Yogeshwar Dutt is competing in men’s freestyle 65 kg category. His match will take place on Sunday august 21. The Bronze medallist of 2012 Olympics seems to be in good form as he won a gold medal in Asian games 2014 and commonwealth games the same yea. Hopes are high on him. The poster boy of Indian wrestling has to perform here in the absence of Sushil Kumar as all Indians have their eyes and hopes on hm.

The overnight star Narsingh Yadav is the second big star of India in this Olympics in wrestling as he was preferred over Sushil Kumar for this Olympics. Though it was him who earned the Olympics quota but still there were many hurdles on his way to here and he won all of them. The second controversy erupted when somebody tried to sabotage his career by adding banned substance in his food. In the end, he won the battle against this and came out clean. Hopes are high on him too. Though he has a tough road ahead but he is burning from inside to win a medal here so as to silent all his criticisers.

Not to forget that the Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kadambi are still alive in the medal race. Both have them has been able to perform better than their senior Saina Nehwal. India is expecting a medal from these two as well.

To take a note it was in the year 1992 when Indian contingent came back home empty handed from an Olympics event, in no case the Olympians would like to imitate what happened in 1992.

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