India, bidding to regain the men's hockey gold after 16 years and gain a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympics, are bracing up for their toughest task as they face arch-foes Pakistan in a high-octane clash at the 17th Asian Games here on Thursday.
All geared up for the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games gold medallist grappler Amit Kumar confessed had he been conferred with Arjuna award it would have given him added motivation to go for a podium finish at the multi-sport event, commencing on Friday at Incheon.
For Indian table tennis, Asian-level tournaments have never been easy and, going by the past records, the current form of the players and the level of competition they will face at the upcoming Asian Games starting here Friday, things will not be any different this time as well.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist R M V Gurusaidutt is desperate to avenge India's Thomas Cup loss to Korea when they open their campaign against the hosts in badminton team event in the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
She rose from oblivion by giving India its first women's gymnastics medal in the Commonwealth Games but heading into the upcoming Asian Games, Dipa Karmakar said heightened expectations have put her under slight pressure for the event in Incheon starting September 19.
A high-intensity training for last three weeks has boosted his confidence and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap says he is looking to maintain the rhythm as he sets out to achieve his dream of winning an Asian Games medal in Incheon, South Korea.
Relishing a fellow athletes success, India's ace gymnast Ashish Kumar is rather happy to share the limelight with Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Dipa Karmakar when they head for the Asian Games in Korea starting September 19.
Upset with the "manipulative" Asian Games singles draw, India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal is "seriously considering" pulling out of the upcoming Incheon Games and possibly handing another setback to the country's medals tally.
Yet to get a promotion in Railways promised four years ago, boxer Manoj Kumar, who recently sued the Sports Ministry after being denied the Arjuna award, has now written to Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda pleading his case.
With the Commonwealth Games gold in her kitty, India's top female wrestler Babita Kumari has now shifted focus to the Asian Games and is working on a totally different approach to tackle Japanese and Chinese opponents she is likely to encounter.
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda got a morale booster ahead of the upcoming Asian Games as he finished overall fourth in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League Series to pocket USD 3,000 prize money.
Olympic bronze medal winning boxer M.C. Mary Kom Tuesday said she badly missed being a part a Glasgow Commonwealth Games but she is ready to for the Asian Games that would be held in the South Korean city of Incheon Sep 19-Oct 4.
Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid is "frustrated" that the national sport is struggling to lure sponsors due to lack of international success in recent years and felt the scene was much better in India.