Rio de Janeiro: While India comes to terms with its worst Olympic campaign in nearly two decades, further tales of apathy have come to the fore.
India’s women marathon runners, OP Jaisha and Tungar Kavita, were not given water during their competition, according to a TOI report. The Indian desk was unmanned through the event. While Jaisha finished 89th with a timing of 2:47:19, Kavit finished 120th in 2:59:29.
India finished a poor 67th after winning just two medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu won a Silver while wrestler Sakshi Malik shared Bronze. Barring steeplechaser Lalita Babar, Indian athletes failed to qualify for the finals of any track and field event.
India also failed to procure any medals in their traditional strong zones. Shooting, boxing and archery failed to yield medals while the Indian men’s hockey team which qualified for the knockout stages after 34 years, was thrashed by Belgium in the quarterfinals.