Lon­don Olympics

India Today - - LONDON OLYMPICS - By Sharda Ugra

In Bhi­wani Junc­tion, a lively ac­count of In­dia’s box­ing rev­o­lu­tion, Vi­jen­der Singh talked about his first re­ac­tions be­ing at the Olympic Games in Athens, aged 17. “Yeh hota hai world ka sports… main dang reh gaya ( So, this is what global sport is about. I was stunned).”

In this ath­letic panorama, un­matched in scale and sig­nif­i­cance, both daz­zling and daunt­ing, where does In­dia stand? How did we do in Lon­don 2012?

Com­par­ing In­dia’s medals tally to those stacked above us is nei­ther con­clu­sion or con­so­la­tion. Com­par­ing In­dia’s per­for­mance to Games gone by of­fers a clue but only if stud­ied with dis­pas­sion­ate as­sess­ment.

The big­gest bonus from Lon­don 2012 is that for the first time, In­dia’s chal­lenge ex­tended across sev­eral dis­ci­plines whose ath­letes travel with op-

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