A medal would be eyed by India on the opening day of competitions itself when the formidable Jitu Rai takes aim at the shooting range even as the much-hyped men’s hockey team begins its search to rediscover a golden past in the 31st Olympic Games hereA�tomorrow. celebrex tablets buy, generic Zoloft.
The 29-year-old Jitu would be the centre of attention of all eyes when he would walk in with his pistol at the Olympic Shooting Centre to compete in his pet 10m air pistol event.
The pint-sized dynamo has managed to keep a low profile heading into the Games despite being in overbearing form for the last two years during which gold medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games were won by him.
His most recent medal-a silver-came at the World Cup in Azerbaijan in June, making him a hot property for opening India’s medal haul in the Games.
Also beginning its search for ending the lack of medals of the last 36 yearsA�tomorrowA�would be the men’s hockey team, which has, after a long time, managed to generate some buzz about its fortunes by producing some encouraging results in the run-up to the Games.
It has been decided by the team to skip the opening ceremony to focus on the Group B lung-opener against Ireland.
The conflicting tennis stars would also present their challenge for a medal fromA�tomorrowA�with Leander Paes, who arrived late, teaming up with Rohan Bopanna for the opening men’s doubles match. The Indian duo are pitted against the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Lukas Kubot in the opening roundA�tomorrow.
In the women’s draw, the womena��s doubles campaign has been started by Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare against the Chinese pair of Peng Shuai and Shuai Zhang in the first round.
Success in shooting will be key to India’s hopes of outshining London Olympics’ six-medal haul, and the performance of Jitu and Abhinav Bindra would be importantl to that aim, while the likes of Gagan Narang, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Heena Sidhu and Apurvi Chandela can also climb the pedestal.
Shooters don’t like to make noise outside the range and they go about in a low key manner which has been their trademark, and Bindra’s harmless tweet 15 days ago that he would not communicate with the outside world till his fifth and last Olympics campaign begins sums up the mood in the shooting camp.
Tipped to give India their second individual gold medal after Bindra, army man Jitu is the reigning world champion in 50m pistol as he will compete in both the events with an aim to make a never done before double in the Olympics.