Today is #NationalSportsDay in India which is also the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the erstwhile wizard of Indian Hockey who needs no introduction. I identify completely with the occasion considering I follow every sport and live by it. The two apps that I do it by are ESPN and Bleacher Report. You wouldn’t be surprised reading about this if you’ve been following this blog, in particular, Sunday for sports and R.I.P Barca being a couple of recent examples that I’ve typed on.
The Olympics in Tokyo has been postponed by a year due to the pandemic and only time will tell if they would be a successful stint for the Indian contingent. I have grown up in the times of Olympic winners such as Leander Paes(Atlanta, 1996, Tennis, Bronze), Karnam Malleshwari(Sydney, 2000, weightlifting, Bronze), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore(Athens, 2004, double trap shooting, Silver), Abhinav Bindra(Beijing, 2008, 10 m Air rifle, Gold) to name a few.
The pleasant thing about India in recent times has been the women outperforming the men in Olympic events which augurs well. The Olympics are the most prestigious and are a quadrennial event and are much awaited.
Talking of sports, there are two matches left in the T20 series between England and Pakistan in cricket weather permitting. There is Formula 1 qualifying today with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. Some of the thrills are missing due to the domination by Mercedes and I hope I’m proven wrong.
Also, today is the FA Community Shield between the Premier League winners Liverpool and the FA Cup holders Arsenal making for an intriguing contest. Both teams are about the attacking intent and only time will tell who comes up as the winner.
The NBA has been hit by the shooting of Jacob Blake who was shot seven times by the Police and might not be able to walk again bringing #BlackLivesMatter into prominence. This just adds to the vitriol being dished out by the Presidential candidates in the US of A.
The US Open for tennis is also around the corner as the final grand slam of the season with several high-profile withdrawals due to #COVID19. It should be an interesting event being an individual sport without competitors being able to drum up the in-stadia crowd. Go Roger!!!
Let me know which sport/sports personality do you like and what all are you looking forward to? Please leave your comments below and I would be glad to reply. Thanks for stopping by.