Vijender Kumar ensured India of its Third individual medal by entering the Semi final bout of the 75Kg Boxing event at the Beijing Olympics. He played against the Cuban boxer today in the Semifinals and lost 8-5 in the four rounds.
He has secured the bronze medal, the third medal so far for India. He played a very defensive game against the Cuban who was very aggressive and was attacking Vijender and getting points in every round. Vijender did his best to defend himself and played a good game, but lost the bout.
He has made all the Indians proud with his feat of reaching this far and getting the Bronze medal home. Whole of India was tuned into the television channels to watch the bout live, including Bhiwani, the place where he trained to be a boxer and where his parents stay.
Sushil Kumar took part in the 66Kg freestyle wrestling event at the Beijing Olympics today. He had the first bout of the day against Dawn of USA whom he defeated 2-1 very easily, although a close match. His next bout was against the wrestler from Kazakistan for the Bronze medal. He defeated his opponent in the last bout winning India the Second medal, a bronze in the medal tally. Sushil Kumar has taken everyone by surprise, as nobody was really expecting anything from this quarter. All eyes were always on the better sportsmen of other sports like tennis, badminton, boxing and shooting. But, most of the other sportsmen, and women have disappointed India by their below par performance so far at Beijing. Sushil Kumar will no doubt be the second hero to come home to a grand welcome.
The other hopefuls yet are Vijender and Jitender in the Boxing events that are to take place in a short while. Let's see if India can get any more medals in its kitty! We wish them all the best!
The Bird's Nest is the stadium where the spectacular opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2008 took place. Here is an image of the Stadium as it dazzles with the great and magnificent fireworks display never before seen in the history of Olympics.
After a dazzling show that put China on display to the world and a parade featuring a record number of athlete delegations, the Games of the 29th Olympiad were officially opened Friday with the lighting of the Olympic flame at the Beijing National Stadium.
The ceremony kicked off with equal-parts pyrotechnics and power, as some of the 29,000 fireworks lit up the main route to the Olympic Stadium.
Abhinav Bindra wins first ever Individual Olympic Gold Medal for India
The Big Breaking News! India's ace shooter Abhinav Bindra created history by winning the first ever individual Olympic Gold Medal for the country. It's Abhinav Bindra, Abhinav Bindra all over the Beijing shooting range. Abhinav won the gold in 10m Air Rifle event. Abhinav Bindra scored 700.5 points in the final.
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Watch the Youtube video of the Historic Moment of Abhinav Bindra getting the Gold Medal.
The Beijing Olympic Games 2008 opening ceremony was a spectacular show of colors, art, culture and tradition of China which culminated in a magnificent display of fireworks over the Bird's Nest national stadium today.
I was thoroughly impressed with the whole idea of the cultural display of China around the centerpiece of a paper scroll that depicted the ancient history of chinese art of paper making. All the participants flowed in the stadium with utter precision and synchronisation throughout the performance, in a breathtaking array of colors, dance and music that enthralled all the audience.
There were enough fireworks after every performance to light up the skies of Beijing throughout the night and remind the world that they were the one's who invented them. And did they use them most effectively. It was the most magnificent, and colorful display ever seen on such a large magnitude by any country so far.
China has proved to the whole world of its might and magnificence by this display, which is the greatest ever in the history of Olympics so far!
The Opening ceremony concluded with the President of China, Hu Jintao declaring the 29th Olympic Games Open. This was followed by hoisting the Olympic flag and a spectacular Olympic torch lighting ceremony ending with the fireworks in whole of Beijing.
The day has finally arrived for the Beijing 2008 Olympic games to begin with the opening ceremony that will take place later in the evening. Don't forget to tune in to your TV or PC or whatever to watch this spectacular show.
The show promises to be the greatest show ever in Olympic history with lots of fireworks and colors displayed in the magnificent stadium, the Bird's Nest, that was built specially for this function.
There are more than 200 countries participating in this event. Here is a list of the countries with their respective codes.
Afghanistan AFG Albania ALB Algeria ALG American Samoa ASA Andorra AND Angola ANG Antigua and Barbuda ANT Argentina ARG Armenia ARM Aruba ARU Australia AUS Austria AUT Azerbaijan AZE Bahamas BAH Bahrain BRN Bangladesh BAN Barbados BAR Belarus BLR Belgium BEL Belize BIZ Benin BEN Bermuda BER Bhutan BHU Bohemia BOH Bolivia BOL Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Botswana BOT Brazil BRA British Virgin Islands IVB Brunei BRU Bulgaria BUL Burkina Faso BUR Burundi BDI Cambodia CAM Cameroon CMR Canada CAN Cape Verde CPV Cayman Islands CAY Central African Republic CAF Chad CHA Chile CHI China CHN Chinese Taipei TPE Colombia COL Comoros COM Congo CGO DR Congo COD Cook Islands COK Costa Rica CRC Côte d’Ivoire CIV Croatia CRO Cuba CUB Cyprus CYP Czech Republic CZE Denmark DEN Djibouti DJI Dominica DMA Dominican Republic DOM Ecuador ECU Egypt EGY El Salvador ESA Equatorial Guinea GEQ Eritrea ERI Estonia EST Ethiopia ETH Fiji FIJ Finland FIN France FRA Gabon GAB Gambia GAM Georgia GEO East Germany GDR West Germany FRG Ghana GHA Great Britain GB Greece GRE Grenada GRN Guam GUM Guatemala GUA Guinea GUI Guinea-Bissau GBS Guyana GUY Haiti HAI Honduras HON Hong Kong HKG Hungary HUN Iceland ISL India IND Indonesia INA Iran IRI Iraq IRQ Ireland IRL Israel ISR Italy ITA Jamaica JAM Japan JPN Jordan JOR Kazakhstan KAZ Kenya KEN Kiribati KIR North Korea PRK South Korea KOR Kuwait KUW Kyrgyzstan KGZ Laos LAO Latvia LAT Lebanon LIB Lesotho LES Liberia LBR Libya LBA Liechtenstein LIE Lithuania LTU Luxembourg LUX Macedoni MKD Madagascar MAD Malawi MAW Malaysia MAS Maldives MDV Mali MLI Malta MLT Mauritania MTN Mauritius MRI Mexico MEX Micronesia FSM Moldova MDA Monaco MON Mongolia MGL Montenegro MNE Morocco MAR Mozambique MOZ Myanmar MYA Namibia NAM Nauru NRU Nepal NEP Netherlands NED New Zealand NZL Nicaragua NCA Niger NIG Nigeria NGR Norway NOR Oman OMA Pakistan PAK Palau PLW Palestine PLE Panama PAN Papua New Guinea PNG Paraguay PAR Peru PER Philippines PHI Poland POL Portugal POR Puerto Rico PUR Qatar QAT Romania ROU Russia RUS Rwanda RWA Saar SAA Saint Kitts And Nevis SKN Saint Lucia LCA Saudi Arabia KSA Senegal SEN Serbia SRB Seychelles SEY Sierra Leone SLE Singapore SIN Slovakia SVK South Africa RSA Spain ESP Sri Lanka SRI Sudan SUD Suriname SUR Swaziland SWZ Sweden SWE Switzerland SUI Syria SYR Tajikistan TJK Tanzani TAN Thailand THA Trinidad And Tobago TRI Tunisia TUN Turkey TUR Turkmenistan TKM Uganda UGA Ukraine UKR United Arab Emirates UAE United States Of America USA United Kingdom UK Uruguay URU Uzbekistan UZB Venezuela VEN Yugoslavia YUG Zambia ZAM
"Jackie Chan performs a dragon dance and part of the Olympic themed song "We Are Ready" at the celebration ceremony."
Stand Up by Jackie Chan with English Translation - Watch You tube Video
About the video: "Stand up is the theme song for the movie, The One Man Olympics, a movie based on a real story of the very first Chinese Olmpic athlete, the short-distiance runner (100 sprinter), Liu Changchun.
This is song is sung by Jackie Chan, Leehom Wang, Stephenie sun and Han Hong."
Apparently, the Beijing 2008 Olympic games will appear on You tube thanks to a deal that was announced by the IOC (International Olympic Committee)with Google. Read more about how to watch the Olympic games Live online here
Here is the official site of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with the calender giving all the details of the events that are planned. Here is the schedule of all the competitions of various games. Check it out.
India has been sending its athletes and other sports persons regularly in the Olympic Games. This year it has prepared a 57- member squad for the Beijing Olympics 2008 Games. So far, India has not achieved much in the medals tally, other than a few bronze medals and some silver medals. No gold medals at all. Surprisingly, the men's hockey team will not be included this time as they failed to qualify for the games for the first time. Now that is a shame!
Here is a list of the squad that has been chosen to represent India in the Beijing Olympics 2008 Games.
Tennis: Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi (doubles), Sania Mirza (singles and doubles), Sunitha Rao (doubles). Weightlifting: L Monika Devi (69kg)
Wrestling: Sushil Kumar (66 kg Freestyle), Yogeshwar Dutt (60 kg Freestyle), Rajiv Tomar (120 kg Freestyle).
Yachting: Major NS Johal (Heavyweight Dinghy).
Apparently, our best chances of a medal lie with the boxers, shooters, archery, and probably the tennis players (Sania, and Leander Paes).
Anju Bobby George, had been pretty close to a medal in her long jump in the last Olympic games. But this year she is unable to match even her own record. Will she do anything this time? Only time will tell.
Well, our best wishes to the Indian Squad to do their best and make India proud.
Watch Total Solar Eclipse August 2008 On Youtube Video. This is really a spectacular sight to see. Yesterday, 1st August 2008 was a day to witness a total solar eclipse in the northern hemisphere. The rest of the world got to see only a partial eclipse. But, here is the video of the total eclipse.
Here are some amazing pictures of the solar eclipse from around the world. See them here:
Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in US in 1935. Gradually the festival gained popularity and today Friendship Day is celebrated in large number of countries including India. On this day people spend time with their friends and express love for them. Exchange of Friendship Day Gifts like flowers, greeting cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.