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IOA raises eyebrows with expectation of 15 medals

New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta caused a flutter yesterday by saying that he was hopeful the country will bag 15 medals at the Rio Olympics.

Rajeev Mehta
Rajeev Mehta

In London Olympics, India bagged a historic six medals, the highest ever tally, but if Mehta is to be believed the haul will be more than double in Rio.

"Saina Nehwal (in badminton), shooter Jitu Rai, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in mixed doubles tennis, men's hockey team, boxer Vikas Krishan, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and golf are the possible medal contenders.

Apart from that, archery and athletics also stand a chance. I am confident we will reach our target," Mehta claimed. But unlike in 2012, when eight boxers had qualified, only three have managed to bag Olympic qualification this time.

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