#180 bronze for india’s unsung champion boxer

In post #152 Vijender Kumar was cited on BBC page as one who will compete at the Olympic Games ‘against the odds’.

The 22-year-old has returned with a bronze medal.

What an achievement for one true to his calling and vocation in sports in spite a lack of support from sponsors or government — his dedication, persistence and hard work…together with the support of his father.

photo taken from bbc international

…Kumar’s father, Diwan Singh, rode the bus an hour each way every day to bring his son a bucket of milk. To buy milk here in the city, where Kumar lived in a dingy room under the bleachers at Chatrasal Stadium, would have been too expensive. His father kept a buffalo at home, in a village on the outskirts of the city, and the family sacrificed so the son would not go without.

Kumar’s room at the stadium is lined with five wooden cots pressed close together for five burly wrestlers. Trousers hang from hooks on the wall. A pair of mice share the room. On an altar are the medals that each of the five have won along the way, next to images of Hanuman, the Hindu god that wrestlers in India revere.

…The father of Vijender Kumar, the boxer, could give him only his prayers.  (excerpt by Somini Sengupta)

#179 an exceptional 29th olympiad in beijing

The achievements accomplished by many athletes were beyond expectation…what contrasting backgrounds the two ‘icon’ athletes who broke the world record.

Usain Bolt, 21, 6ft 5in tall, track event, hails from Jamaica…an island in Caribbean Sea with a population of 2.7!

Michael Phelps, 23, 6ft 3in tall, swimmer who won 8 golds comes from the US where the continent has topped the medals’ list at almost every Olympic Games since…?

The US got the overall medal tally (110 medals) while China (100 medals) won the most gold medals (51). It appears the US athletes were consistent in the Games by achieving silver and bronze while China athletes were less consistent in performance. Were the Chinese athletes too tense to achieve their best?

I enjoy the gymnastics exhibition performance last evening. The Chinese performers who won gold at the Games were so natural on their equipments — they were more relaxed, confident, strong, agile and flexible. The two Japanese gymnasts on synchronised gymnastics on the trampoline were stupendous. Naturally the Russian rhythmic gymnasts were exceptional.

The lavish closing ceremony of the Olympics ‘one world, one dream’ theme ended with a bang…from drum beats, folk to popular music!

The Olympic flag was handed over to the next host London — their 3rd experience in hosting the Games. The mayor of London quipped outside the ceremony, “pingpong is coming home!” Ha ha…what does that mean? Is this good humor?