A mixed bag for Indian sports
It was a mixed bag for Indian sports in 2013. Except some brilliant individual display, the year witnessed a range of controversies and low key performances.
While the of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar bid a teary eyed farewell to the game, his contemporary Viswanathan Anand lost his world chess crown in an emotional year for Indians in sports.
The year also saw the Indian Olympic Association coming perilously close to getting expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). On the other hand, P V Sindhu and Leander Paes stellar performances hailed the country high in the field of sports.
Now let have a look at some of michael kors outlet the hits and misses of the year for the Indian sports:
The year saw the emergence of young talents like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kolhi in Team India. The young guns not only steer headed the team to six series wins in a row but also proved that Tendulkar gap won be unfulfilled for long. However, the IPL spot fixing scandal took the gloss off from an otherwise entertaining season.
Indian badminton took a big leap this year with the introduction of Indian Badminton League. While ace shuttler Saina Nehwal endured a frustrating season this year that saw her rankings drop to 8th position, P V Sindhu grabbed headlines by becoming the country’s first woman to win a singles medal a bronze at the World Championships in August.
Indian tennis in the year 2013 sparkled with the Leander Paes, who became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title. Paes and his Czech partner won the men’s michael kors outlet doubles crown at the US Open. India also saw its newest tennis hero Somdev Devbarman securing his place in top 100 after beginning the year below 600.
It was a fabulous year for Indian wrestlers who notched up a rich haul of seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Championships held in Johannesburg. Notably, para athlete Devendra Jha michael kors outlet jharia created history by becoming the first differently abled Indian to win gold at the javelin throw event at the IPC Athletics World Championships in July.
In athletics, dope cheat and administrative goof ups dominated the scene. A staggering number of 500 athletes failed to pass the doping test. However, the hosting of Asian Championships for the second time appears to be the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing year. Except the Youth Asian Games, the athletes failed to make a mark in any of the major global event through the year.
It was a mixed bag for the Indian football. Though the country moved 24 places, jumping to 143rd position in the FIFA rankings in March, it failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. The year also Indian team losing its SAFF title to Afghanistan.
The Indian hockey players could not rise up to the expectations this year. The launch of Indian Hockey League (IHL) on the lines of IPL in cricket was the headliner of the sport. Indian eves outperformed men in terms of success. The women team bagged a bronze medal in the World Cup held in Germany. Men started this season on a decent note with Sultan Johor Cup only to lose their touch in the michael kors outlet later part of the year.