We are going to Olympics with hopes for medals: Kalmadi

August 1st, 2008 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Abhishek Bachchan

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Suresh Kalmadi, Indian Olympic Association president, has said that Indian sportspersons are going to the Beijing Olympics with “hopes” for medals. “We are very happy that Mahesh and Leander have come together and that raises our hopes for a tennis medal. The archery and the boxing team have been performing well and I am sure table tennis star Neha Agarwal will also surely do well.

“It is a fond farewell. Half of the team has already gone to Beijing and the other half will go after the function. We go there with hopes,” said Kalmadi at an event Thursday night to honour members of the Indian contingent for the Olympic Games by Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, Omega watches.

“The government has given us good support for the commonwealth games which I am sure will yield result in the Olympics to be held in London in 2012.”

Raynald Aeschlimann, vice president Omega international, along with its brand ambassadors - Bollywood actors Abhishek Bachchan and Sonali Bendre Behl - unveiled the coffee table book, “Great Olympic Moments in Time”.

Sonali said: “I wish India sparkles at the event but the athletes shouldn’t be pressurising themselves to win.”

Abhishek, who flew down from San Francisco for the event during the ongoing Bachchan’s “Unforgettable” world tour said: “We have very high hopes from the Indian athletes. But, Olympics are not just about winning. It is about participating for the country.”

Omega is the official timekeeper of Beijing Olympics 2008 and has been associated with the event since the 1932 games in Los Angeles.

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