Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First Gold at Last - Abhinav Bindra !!!

I heard the news on FM radio while driving to work on monday morning - Abhinav Bindra wins gold in the 10m air-rifle category at the olympics.

All conversations in mumbai [as i'm sure in the rest of india] these days seem to start with a discussion on this topic ... I overheard the security guards in my office talk about this, so were the petrol pump attendants yesterday and the kid's in my apartment complex - while they played cricket !!! The pride in everyone is obvious and maybe this is the tipping point ...

After all it is incredulous that it took us 112 years to win an individual gold. Government apathy to sports infrastructure is not unique to India. And the talk about Indians not being genetically endowed athletically is such a lame excuse.

One interesting bit of trivia I picked up during a discussion with a chinese colleague today - China's first individual gold in the 1984 los angeles olympics was also in shooting ! If only we could follow this up with the kind of success China has had ever since - wishful thinking !

With this gold we seem to have forgotten another first - the fact that we've not been able to even qualify for hockey this time.

I was watching the spain - new zealand match today ... Spain won 1-0 with a last minute goal.

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