Social buzz: Beach strolls, comradery and anniversaries for Indian athletes

Quiet celebrations and honours made the trends on social media this week

By Saurabh Shankar ·

It was an extremely eventful week for Indian sports, with their shooters achieving tremendous results in the recently concluded ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

The week also marked the first anniversary of the 2018 Asian Games, an event where the India managed to bring home a whopping 70 medals.

Here’s a look at what India’s leading sporting heroes have been up to this past week.

Golden sands

India’s Manu Bhaker won another gold for the country in the mixed team pistol event on Monday, further augmenting her partnership with Saurabh Chaudhary. The duo has now bagged the top prize playing together in the past four consecutive World Cups.

Bhaker was then spotted on the famous sands of Copacabana following that hard fought gold medal triumph.

The teenager's next assignment is likely to be at the Asian shooting Championships in Qatar, which begin in the first week of November.

Felicitations continue

Less than a fortnight ago, PV Sindhu created history as she became the first ever Indian to win a badminton World Championship gold.

Following that win, the shuttler was congratulated and applauded by the whole nation for her brilliant achievement, with the Prime Minister of the country PM Narendra Modi and several other dignitaries talking about it on social media.

Earlier in the week, Sindhu was privy to even more felicitations and acclaim, with an Indian minister giving her and her father a commemorative coin and a shawl in a ceremony held in Hyderabad on 4th September.

Athlete unity

Middle-distance runner Jinson Johnson qualified for the World Championships earlier this week, clocking a time of 3 minutes, 35.24 seconds in a race in Berlin. He would now be expected to join the likes of Muhammed Anas, Shivpa Singh, Annu Rani among many others in Doha.

Johnson’s triumph was celebrated by fellow middle-distance runner Anas, who was quick to take to Twitter and congratulate the athlete from Kerala, showcasing the comradery amongst India’s athletic community. 

Indian festivities

On September 2, India celebrated the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi - a Hindu festival organized to commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha. People generally keep clay or metal idols of their God in their houses, with several sweets and delicacies being prepared for the event.

Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna took to social media on the auspicious occasion, wishing his followers on Ganesh Chaturthi. The 39-year-old, who recently returned home from the US Open, also posted a picture of his deity’s idol.


This week marked the first anniversary of the 2018 Asian Games, a tournament where India won gold in the 4x400 metres women’s relay race. One of India’s sprinters in that race, Hima Das, posted a picture of herself alongside her teammates earlier this week, commemorating that cherished triumph.

Amid conflicting reports of a possible back injury, the 'Dhing Express' has not qualified for the individual events at the World Athletics Championships, but should be able to participate in the relay event in Doha.