Asian Games: The Event That Proved India’s Sporting Genius

India is cricket obsessed, no extra or overt thoughts about it. This is how it has been all through, and this is why rarely do our equally talented sportspersons who don’t play the game get recognition. However, in the past few years owing to awareness, ingenuity, tenacity, and a burgeoning crop of absolute sporting genius – we have been collecting medals, and we choose the word collecting because that’s exactly how it seems. There seems to be no sport where we haven’t figuratively and literally hoisted the national flag. From Javelin throws, to Equestrian, to shooting, to gymnastics, to everything! Athletes from small towns, villages, big cities have been working their most might to bring laurels to the nation through arenas that were never the normative for any of us watching. 

This is especially relevant right now because the Asian Games have proved just how good a sporting country India can be, should she direct the same amount of acknowledgement and keenness to sports other than cricket. We are a young country, one with amassed youth population, with people trying their best to be the best. Consistently. Just imagine the heightened sense of pride which will wash over us when potential will meet empowerment! To think the obstacles each and one of them faced as they took upon a challenge which was new and scary, all because of their passion and their optimism. Today whether it is Asian Games or Commonwealth or Olympics, the Indian contingent is squandering in paucity, it makes their presence felt, the country is now full of an entire troupe of youngsters who claimed their fame by sheer persistence and gusto. For all these men and women needed was a platform to show how distinctive our talent can be! 

These are some of the athletes who have instilled nothing but pride in us.

1. Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh: Men’s Quadruple Sculls

2. Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan: Tennis Men’s Doubles

3. Rahi Sarnobat: Female Shooting

4. Saurabh Chaudhary: Men’s 10 Meter Air Pistol

5. Vinesh Phogat: Women’s Wrestling 50 Kg

6. Bajrang Punia: Men’s Wrestling 65 Kg

7. Neeraj Chopra: Javelin Throw

8. Manjit Singh: Athletics

9. Tajinderpal Singh Toor: Men’s Shot Put

10. Swapna Barman

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