Former India skipper and current coach of the Indian team in Sri Lanka, Rahul Dravid has backed the Indian athletes to do well in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their official Twitter handle, Dravid Said, "Let's come together in cheering for our Indian contingent at the Olympics. Let's cheer for India."
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 26, 2021
India had a dream start to their Tokyo campaign as weightlifter Mirabai Chanu bagged a silver on the opening day of the games. Chanu lifted a total of 202 Kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts across the competition. The monumental win made Mirabai Chanu only the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to bag an Olympic medal. Karnam Malleswari bagged bronze in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Games.
India has high hopes of bagging a few more medals in the showpiece event. Paddler Sharath Kamal has progressed through the third round and is just a few steps away from confirming a medal. The Indian hockey team has also progressed through the quarterfinals and will be hoping to bag a gold in the event. India last won a gold medal in the Olympics when shooter Abhinav Bindra topped in the 10-meter air rifle event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Meanwhile, under Dravid, a young team India is flying high in Sri Lanka. After winning the ODI series 2-1, the Men in Blue defeated the hosts by 38 runs in the first T-20I. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side will be looking to bag the series in the second game itself. The match will be played at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday, July 27.