Only a few Indian athletes remain in Rio 2016 Olympics, but shuttler PV Sindhu has kept the hopes of a medal alive, reaching the semifinals of the women's singles event. But wrestler Hardeep Singh crashed out after losing in the round of 16 encounter.
Besides the on-field event, an off field event also grabbed headlines on Day 11. Wrestler Narsingh Yadav had been cleared by National Anti-Doping Agency to participate in the Olympics after a doping scandal, but his participation has come in doubt after World Anti-Doping Agency has questioned NADA's decision.
NADA had cleared the wrestler saying that Narsingh had become a "victim of sabotage," but now the final decision lies with WADA, who will take the decision on Thursday.
With Narsingh being one of the biggest medal hopes for India, there were tensions in the Indian camp, but a sensational performance by Sindhu helped one forget about the Narsingh saga. Sindhu played some amazing badminton to defeat Chinese shuttler, Wang Yihan in straight games, 22-20, 21-19.
The match was expected to be a close encounter, and both the players looked in ominous form in Rio to entertain the crowd. Sindhu, as usual, depended on her raw aggression with some good mix of net plays, while Yihan was not too far behind playing some exquisite shots to keep Sindhu on her toes throughout the match.
The Chinese shuttler faltered in the crucial stages of the match, but Sindhu's maintained her level of concentration to defeat the world number two in the quarterfinals of the competition. The Indian shuttler will now face Nozomi Okuhara on Thursday.
Indian wrestlers in Rio 2016 have not delivered so far. Hardeep Singh, despite giving it all his against a strong Turkey wrestler, lost to Cenk Ildem in the men's 98 kg greco-roman event. The Indian lost 2-1.