Sindhu first Indian woman to win 2 Olympic medals, men’s hockey team in semis
‘It’s Coming Home,’ got an Indian makeover on Sunday. Old world spirit and a new age women’s rising gave it a wholly homespun flavour.
“It ' s Coming Home”周日改了印度版。旧世界的精神和新时代女性的崛起使它散发着一种纯朴的味道。
Here’s how. The Indian hockey team, first, which was rekindling long-forgotten Olympic nostalgia by making the semi-finals after nearly half a century, when a major chunk of our current population was not even born. Coming, somewhat fittingly, at the expense of our former imperial masters, Great Britain, the fluent 3-1 victory tells us that India is a win away from recming a corner of the Olympic field that was once our living room, complete with wicker sofa-set, black and white TV behind a crochet cover and medals in the shelf above.
Then, equally significantly, if not more, PV Sindhu was staking cm to being India’s greatest-ever individual Olympian — across gender, and possibly generations too. Her face a strange mix of quiet grit and menace, on Sunday, Sindhu was in a mood to take no prisoners, demolishing China’s bewildered-looking He Bing Jiao in less than an hour for her second Olympic medal, an equally precious bronze this time that followed her Rio silver. “I’m on Cloud Nine,” she would excm later, but would also speak of undying ambition, “I had a lot of emotions going through me — should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final?”
As an individual double-medallist, the tall, easy-smiling Sindhu was emulating the Olympic feats of Sushil Kumar. The once-ace wrestler is currently lodged in Tihar jail and was allowed a TV to watch the Olympics only after a special request to the authorities. Sushil had the world at his feet, he let it slip. Something tells you, the Indian sportswomen, constantly aware of their struggles, the ever-rising glass ceilings, the institutionalized patriarchy that they have to overcome on an everyday basis, will treasure their status more. Medals now won by Indian women at the Olympics are eight, three coming at Tokyo alone. Wrestler Vinesh Phoghat is yet to take the mat.
There was a time when an Indian hockey team in the medal rounds at the Olympics was as much a given as current-day Chinese domination across sporting arena. There was a time when India’s winners were men, and our women, the also-rans. With Indian women now clearly calling the shots it makes good sense for us to follow in the way they show us. As for the hockey, let Manpreet Singh and his band of fighting stickmen not be weighed down by the crushing burden of history.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
To all our players, Chak De! Oh Chak De India! We are proud of you. As for all Indians, time to give same support to other sports like we do to cricketers.
SANTHOSH KUMAR DEEP
Congratulations PV Sindhu for your achievement, God bless
Sidhu you are really a Hindhustani.! Congrats.!
Congratulations PV Sindhu. Well done.
congratulations India for a new begng
Three cheers for the brave Lady Sindhu,you made India proud.
We wish all the best to the Indian Men Hockey team for the next two matches.
Sindhu deserves praise from every Indian!
Congratulations Sindhu. A big achievement.
PV Sindhu, daughter of Hindustan. Well done dear.
Congratulations to Sidhu! But the overall results of team India are still very frustrating and dismal
K Mohan Twincities
India proud of PV Sindhu as her medal wng spree continue and India gets prestigious
Many many congratulations, Sindhu, you have done India proud. Don't regret what you missed out. May be history has something still bigger in store for you.
Best of Luck to the Hockey team and ho for the podium finish
India the Great. Now a time has come for India to push its younger generation in sports arena.
D K Dubey
Congratulations showing great mental strength after a loss at semis
Congratulations to Sindhu. Praying for gold in hockey. 140 gre people deserve a gold medal.
Sindhu looked completely out of form in her match with world no 1 -
Sindhu should get married once she returns and focus on rolling chapathis and wash clothes and dishes like normal girl.