When we went to Mexico City in 1968, I was still a college student and one of the youngest in the side. We were the defending champions but came back with bronze because of several reasons. Four years later, in 1972, we had a team that, on paper, was capable of regaining the gold.

The Munich Games will forever be known for the Games Village massacre and it was tragic, but honestly, I don’t think that had anything to do with our own performances or results. Yes, the Indian block was very close to the Israeli block, maybe 60-70 metres away. We had to cross the common area walkways to reach the dining hall and we could see the masked men on the roofs of the Israeli block. Clearly they could see us too. But they did not bother with any other athlete.

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