While it is heartening to watch Indian players sweating it out at the Rio Olympics, it is not an easy road ahead. The tough and challenge associated with making a breakthrough at Olympics cannot be undermined. For India it was an all-round disappointing show with the promising Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela returning empty handed from the shooting range and even the likes of Leander Paes – Rohan Bopanna duo and Sania Mirza and Prarthana eliminated in the opening rounds itself. The latter went down only after giving a tough fight for two hours and 44 minutes and finishing 6-7 (6), 7-5, 5-7. The men’s doubles team despite their experience failed to show any grit.
However as far as the hockey team is concerned it did manage a win against Ireland, but it was a tough game. Going forward they need to clash with Germany (yet another tough one ahead).
Another silver lining came in the form of rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal who reached the quarter-finals in men’s single sculls. Dattu is from Indian Army. He finished the 2000-metre race in seven minutes at the Lagoa Stadium, Rio.