New Delhi: Indian paddlers were overawed by the enormity of the Olympics, says national coach Bhawani Mukherji, who feels that both Ankita Das and Soumyajit Ghosh should have concentrated on their matches rather than wasting crucial time participating in the opening ceremony.
"Olympics is a big stage. All top level Indian athletes are there, some of whom you don't have even met before," Mukherji said.
"Ankita was not looking focussed. She was marching happily alongside flag bearer Sushil Kumar while she had her first match next day. Ideally, she should have skipped the opening ceremony and concentrated on her match. They were certainly overawed by the occasion," he said.