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Editor's Note

This Special Issue of SALT is a tribute to all the Indian athletes who will be representing the country at the London Olympics starting 27 July, 2012. We had the opportunity to converse with many athletes in person – and feel privileged to publish the inspiring stories of their beginnings, their struggles, their triumphs and setbacks, hopes and dreams and foremost of all – the passion and dedication for their chosen sport. They are the country’s best and raring to bring home the gold.

Just as we go to print, 81 Indian athletes are confirmed to participate in London Olympics – the largest Indian contingent ever. The 60 men and 21 women have worked extremely hard to make it to London.

It was a rare opportunity to watch the athletes train in Patiala  - at the NIS Complex – Asia’s premier sports campus.  The team of seven male boxers couldn’t have been in better spirits – determined to win. The Chief National Boxing Coach, Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, felt positive about their training and skills. Mary Kom, the first female Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, is also a favourite for the gold medal. She has generally fought in the 46kg category, but in London she will compete in the 51kg category - the lightest for women at the Olympics.

India’s wrestlers have fared exceedingly well in recent international competitions. Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt – the gentle giants of Indian wrestling – are perhaps the two most mild-mannered and endearing grapplers. SALT met them at their training centre near Sonepat in Haryana – a state in north-west India, where wrestling and boxing stir up more passion than cricket. 

The significant Indian story this Olympics is that ‘Women Have Arrived ’ – not only in badminton and athletics, but also in boxing, wrestling, archery, and judo. Mary Kom, the boxer from Manipur, has won five successive world titles; Deepika Kumari, the archer from Jharkhand, is World No. 1 in Women’s Individual Recurve; Geeta Phogat, the wrestler from Haryana, challenged all social norms in a state with the worst sex-ratio in the country, to win the Gold in wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Olympics have never looked so bright for India. This just might be the year of India’s ‘Gold Rush.’
Toasting all our athletes,

Roopa Bakshi




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