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Hoping to better Beijing show: Sushil

india Updated: Jul 18, 2012 00:49 IST

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The five-member London-bound wrestling contingent, back from a training stint at Colorado Springs in the United States, was given a warm sendoff, as it headed for Belarus for final preparations before the quadrennial games.

"We are hopeful that we will do better than the Beijing Olympics this time around," says Sushil. "All the wrestlers are in good shape and we had a good training in the US."

Geeta Phogat, who became the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics, is also optimistic about her chances of making it to the podium.

"In the Olympic qualifiers, I had beaten some top wrestlers, so that gives me hope of doing really well. I have the same chance as any other wrestler in the fray at the Games," said Geeta.

Cabbies protest
London: Over 200 London taxi drivers on Tuesday brought Westminster to a standstill to protest at being banned from plying on dedicated Olympics traffic lanes in the city from next week.

The famous black cabs arrived in Parliament Square just before 2 pm blaring their horns.

London Games organisers, who developed the so-called Zil lanes, have said that the dedicated routes would be available only to Olympics officials, athletes and other approved vehicles to avoid them getting stuck in traffic jams.

Motorists who stray into Games lanes face a fine of 130 pounds. Taxi drivers plan further demonstrations on Monday and on July 27 - the day the Olympics officially open.

(With agency inputs)

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