Thursday, 19 July 2012

Olympic Profile: India

With the London 2012 Olympic Games getting under way this Friday, we thought it would be interesting to see how some of our destinations have fared over the years since the first Olympic Games took place in Athens 1896, with 241 athletes from 14 countries. The games have grown enormously since then and London 2012 will host closer to the 10,500 competitors from 204 countries in Beijing 2008, our first featured country is India.


India's first Olympic medallist in 1900, Norman Pritchard

India first participated in the games back in 1900, where they won two medals in athletics, both courtesy of Norman Pritchard. However, it was not until 1920, in Antwerp, that they sent a full team to the Summer Olympic Games, although they have done so in every single games since then.

Indian athletes have won 20 medals in total, the majority coming in field hockey. For a huge period of time, India's men's field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, they won eleven medals in twelve games between 1928 and 1980. This run included six successive gold medals from 1928-1956.

Beijing 2008 & London Hopefuls

India's first Olympic Gold Medallist, Abhinav Bindra
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was the most successful games ever for India. They won three medals across three different events, including their first individual gold medal in the history of the games, won by Abhinav Bindra in the men's 10m rifle. Bindra has since become a national hero in India and been granted, amongst other honours, with the freedom of India's railway for life, as the nation voted his gold medal it's 'greatest sporting feat of all time.' He is aiming to repeat the incredible feat at the London games.

MC Mary Kom from Manipur is a five time world boxing champion and mother of two! She has been boxing for ten years and is also gunning for a gold medal, in the women's flyweight category (51kg), at this summer's games.

Authentic Adventures' Activity Holidays in Kerala

We have a range painting, photography, singing and walking holiday dates available for you to enjoy the magical sights of India for yourself in 2012 & 2013, all accompanied by our fantastic professional tutors and local guides. 

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