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Only The Fish's Eye

Shooters, archers, boxers could help India get home more precious metal than before

Only The Fish's Eye
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Only The Fish's Eye
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Big Hopes

Boxing: Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar
Archery: Laishram Bombayla Devi, Dola Banerjee and Vardeneni Pranitha
Tennis: Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza

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So, you are ready to soak in the supreme effort of the world's best athletes, eager to watch on your TV set their four years and more of intense preparation tested on the greatest stage—the Olympic Games. When the games begin in Beijing on August 8, dreams will be realised or shattered amidst a welter of emotions. You may feel a strange detachment, wonder why some of the medals do not come India's way. And you may hear once again that hopeless lament: "A billion and more Indians and yet...." Indeed, time was when our athletes felt satisfied in merely having qualified for the Olympics, leaving the medal-taking to other nations.

But since Leander Paes won a bronze in 1996, breaking a long jinx, there has been a change in attitude....
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