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Aug 28, 2008 at 02:55am IST

India's Olympians to build on achievements

New Delhi: There will come a time very soon when the flashbulbs will go off and the euphoria will subside, when the lonely routine of sport will take over, when Boxer Vijender Kumar will return to his boxing ring in Bhiwani and wrestler Sushil Kumar to a wrestling mat in Delhi.

It is then - when the headline writers have moved on - that support will matter most to India's Olympic medallists.

Abhinav Bindra, who won an individual gold medal in the men's 10m Air Rifle said that the people of India needed to keep supporting the sport.

The Beijing Olympics have truly been the Olympics of good hope. Men who already had impressive performances under their belt, but were always on the fringes of Indian sport have suddenly been catapulted into the limelight. The cynics may question the system that prepares them, but their own faith is unshakeable.

Boxer Vijender Kumar who won a bronze in the middleweight (75kg) category says, "If the system was so bad, then we wouldn't have done well."

Already greater goals beckon and suddenly as Olympic medallists, these men are 'the men' to beat. Across the globe, men will be preparing to outbox them or pin them to the ground. But their own ambitions are far from satiated.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar says, I am now preparing for the Commonwealth and Asian Games."

It is a new age in Indian sport, a brave new age where impossible is truly nothing.

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