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Team India's thoughts are with athletes: Gambhir

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Published: Saturday, July 28, 2012, 10:46 [IST]
 
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Team India cheers for Indian athletes

Colombo, Jul 28: India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir wished the Indian contingent all the best for their events at the London Olympics 2012 and said though the cricket team is on Sri Lanka playing the five-match ODI series, their thoughts are with the Indian Olympic squad in London.

When asked the Delhi opener about the number of medals to be won by Indians in Olympics 2012, he said it was difficult to predict the outcome.

"When I can't predict what will happen in Saturday's (third ODI) match here, how can I predict the number of medals our athletes will win, asked Gambhir.

"But from my personal experience, I can tell you that representing the country itself is the greatest achievement and honour for any sportsperson. There is no player who would not give off his best."

Pleased with media's initiative to give importance to Olympics, he said why only cricket, other sports also need to flourish in the country.

"As a cricketer surely I am happy that my sport is so popular in India, but other sports need to be encouraged and made popular too. So I am happy that the media back home is taking interest in Olympics, "Gambhir added.

When asked who are the athletes the Indian cricket team is pinning hopes on, Gambhir said due to the on-going ODI series, they will not be able to catch the action live.

"But yes, we will try to update ourselves of the progress of the medal prospects in shooting, boxing, archery, badminton and other games."

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