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
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5. Vinesh Phogat: Women’s Wrestling 50 Kg
What an incredibly phenomenal feeling to win the #AsianGames Gold 🥇👌 This medal is for #India 🇮🇳 and for all our wonderful people who keep motivating me with their blessings and good wishes 😊 A big thank you to the @wrestlingfederation, SAI, @olympicgoldquest, and coach Woller Akos who have played important roles in my journey towards this medal. A big thank you and a tight hug to my physio @ruchu_31 and the entire team for keeping my body in great shape! This is just the start 🙏💪 #NeverStop
6. Bajrang Punia: Men’s Wrestling 65 Kg
7. Neeraj Chopra: Javelin Throw
8. Manjit Singh: Athletics
Manjit Singh, soon to be 29-years-old, pulled off the biggest upset of #AsianGames2018 yet as he surged to a 800m gold. . . . Singh surprised the field and everyone watching to lead an Indian 1-2 in the Men’s 800m race at the Asian Games on Tuesday. It is India’s first 800m gold since 1982. While Manjit took the gold🥇 with a timing of 1:46.15, Jinson Johnson took the silver🥈 clocking 1:46.35 seconds. . . . @opticaldisillusionment writes about the Indian's tale of unlikely glory, link in the bio. . . . (📸: PTI) #AsianGames #AsianGames2018 #India🇮🇳 #ManjitSingh
9. Tajinderpal Singh Toor: Men’s Shot Put
India's Tajinderpal Singh Toor reacts on the podium before receiving his gold medal for the men's shot put during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) . . . . #India #TajinderpalSinghToor #podium #goldmedal #athletics #competition #AsianGames #Jakarta #Indonesia
10. Swapna Barman
Women's Heptathlon Javelin Throw took place this morning at GBK Main Stadium; and Swapna Barman of India took first place with a 50.63 mark, and 872 points. This ancient Greek Olympic game relies on the athlete's arm strength, and the ability to throw the spear as far as possible. Imagine seeing a modern day Spartan in action! #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsia 📷 INASGOC/ANTARA