Can India Win a Gold Medal at Rio in Badminton?

Ten days have passed at the Olympics. India is still looking for its first medal. Dipa Karmakar came close to a medal in gymnastics. But she finished a close fourth. She joined the heartbreak saloon occupied by athletes like Milkha Singh and PT Usha, who had also missed a medal in the Olympics by a whisker.

Past is past. Is there any chance of India winning a medal in the remaining five days?

Who are left?

There have been more falls than leaps for the Indians in the Rio Olympics. Indian hockey team lost out to Belgium in the quarter finals. Saina Nehwal, a huge medal prospect, bowed out in the early stages. Tennis was so tough that even seasoned campaigners like Sania Mirza and Leander Paes found it hard to get going. Indian shooters were off-target, while Indian swimmers found the waters at Rio tough to negotiate.

It is better to look into the future than taking stock of the fallen. It is no shame to lose in a global event like the Olympics. That they were able to qualify for the event in itself is an achievement. So, let us not ridicule them. Let us say tough luck and look into those remaining for medals.

Now let us check India’s chances of winning a medal in badminton.

Semi final spots beckon

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have entered the quarter finals of badminton singles. Sindhu faces second seed Wang Yihan of China. It is going to be a tough match. If she can upset the higher-seeded Chinese shuttler, she can go a long way into ensuring a medal for India.

Srikanth faces hot favourite Lin Dan of China in the quarter finals. Srikanth has beaten Dan before.  Still, if he beats Dan, who won the Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, it will be a huge upset.

Realistically, both these players are likely to fail at the quarter finals. Hope they will prove us wrong. Good luck to them.

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