Chronicling the stories of fifty of India's leading Olympians for the first time ever in one comprehensive edition, Digvijay Singh Deo and Amit Bose bring you the Games through the eyes of some of the best sportspersons in the country. These first-person accounts of Olympic medalists from 1948 till 2012, such as Balbir Singh, Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, Abhinav Bindra and Sushil Kumar, and pioneers like Milkha Singh, P.T. Usha, Anjali Bhagwat, reveal their hopes, superstitions, grit and challenges. Their experiences and interactions are sure to make you laugh, shed a tear and, most importantly, open your eyes to the struggles they had to endure to reach the Olympics. These personal stories give a close-up view of what it means to represent India at the most prestigious sporting event in the world, making you a part of the soaring glory and shattering disappointment that only an Olympic Games can deliver. With photos from the personal archives of each athlete, this is a front-row seat to the privileged Olympic experience.
About the Author
Digvijay Singh Deo is CNN-IBN's sports editor. From Odisha, Digvijay is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. A journalist since 2003, Digvijay has been covering the Olympic Movement all through his career. He was one of the first television reporters to focus solely on Olympic sports, and as a result is widely respected by India's Olympic athletes, who on most occasions give their first reactions or interviews to him. He has been part of the team that won two News Television Awards, in 2011 for Indian Sports Legends and in 2012 for The Contenders. In recognition of his contribution to Olympic sports in India, Digvijay was the only journalist invited to be an Olympic torchbearer during the run in New Delhi before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.