As a coach, I’m not an exception – Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu:
As the Rio Olympics are happening, Indians were pretty excited about winning two medals. But what most of us doesn’t know is how many times and in how many events they got medalless. Despite sending a bunch of athletes to Olympics, India till now has only one one Silver medal and one Bronze medal by PV Sindhu (Badminton Singles – Women) and Sakshi Malik (Wrestling 58 Kg).
The Boxing campaign is one of the areas in which India has returned medal-less. On one hand, Vijender Singh failed to appear at the Olympics as he got disqualified because of the TVC issues, on the contrary, the coach, Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu holds the responsibility for the team losing in Olympics. He says that despite his administration for four years and his support, the flourishing sport did not bring any fame to the country and him as a national coach is the first one who couldn’t escape the blame.
Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu says he’s responsible for being Medalless:
“I am personally hurt, and I take moral responsibility for this. But I feel my boys’ performance was satisfactory under the current circumstances and with the kind of tough draws they ended up getting. As for other things, I knew what was going on in the last four years, but I continued thinking that things would improve,” confessed Sandhu
Boxing has been the first game that India started anticipating to get a medal in after Vijender Singh’s bronze in Bejing 2012 edition. Mary Kom, on whom the movie has been made added one more bronze under the women quota in her London debut. But this time, India got none. The luck factor did not cooperate, and all the boys lost eventually. Draws became tight even with Vikas Krishnan who reached quarterfinal and lost. Let’s just hope that they will do better in Tokyo 2020.