This year’s gold tally was the highest along with the 1951 Asian Games and the number of silver medals collected was also higher than all the previous games. India has won more medals in Athletics than in any other disciplines in the Asian games. Hence, it is of no surprise that in this year’s Asian Games, Athletics accounted for the most number of medals – 19 with 7 gold medals.
In women’s hockey, India had a good run beating South Korea and China. However, in the final round, the fight they put up against Japan was simply not enough to win them a gold. The remarkable improvement in their performance has raised hopes of their ability to dominate in big tournaments like the World Cup and Olympics.
India managed to improve their gold tally in wrestling. Although two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar crashed out in the first round, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat struck gold. It was heart rendering to see India’s two proud daughters, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal bring a silver and a bronze home for the first time in the Asian games.
Amidst the celebration of excellent performance in archery (2 silver medals), shooting (2 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze medals), kabaddi and men’s hockey (1 silver and 1 bronze medal), we can indeed take pride that India has slowly started to diversify its mystic pool of talent and while we have failed to perform at the usual areas, the greater and far more important silver lining is that we as a generation are slowly starting to embrace new sports, apart from the usual cricket, football, hockey, etc.
The whole nation had its eyes glued to the television screen, as the young and bold sons and daughters of our great nation stood before the whole world, carrying the dreams and expectations of millions on their shoulders, hoping to live up to them and make our motherland proud. Love for the nation can be shown in many ways, however, bringing home pride from a world stage is definitely a blazing one, always.