November 27, 2022

The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics is underway after the one-year delay owing to the coronavirus pandemic that’s nonetheless looming massive. Following virtually a year-long hiatus, athletes are slowly making their return into sports activities with the purpose of achieving glory on the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

India is aiming to ship one among its greatest contingents ever to the Tokyo Olympics, together with just a few who’re among the many greatest on the planet. And earlier than the motion begins in Tokyo, predictions are going to pour in from all corners. From what number of medals India will win in Tokyo to which athlete will win which color, persons are attempting to foretell every thing! In that beat, right here we are going to attempt to make some predictions of our personal, and the predictions which might be daring.

Disclaimer: There is no such thing as a intent to malign or underestimate any athletes’ capabilities.

  • PV Sindhu will NOT win a medal in Tokyo

India’s ace badminton participant PV Sindhu’s inconsistent type might imply that one among India’s most favorite medal prospects might return dwelling empty-handed. Sindhu although confirmed her mettle just lately, reaching the finals of the Swiss Open, adopted by a semifinal entry into the All England Open Badminton Championships. But when one takes a take a look at her type, it’s not simple to see that her consistency has dipped enormously.

Beating Tai Tzu Ying might show to be extraordinarily tough for Sindhu. Furthermore, the Olympics are being held in Japan this 12 months which implies the Japanese shuttlers will get the added benefit of taking part in at dwelling. The likes of Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara can be trying to give their all to win a medal at dwelling. Then, there are the Chinese language and Korean shuttlers who’ve been doing all so effectively within the worldwide circuit.

  • Satwik-Chirag pair to win a medal

The boys’s doubles badminton pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty received the Thailand Open Tremendous 500 and have become the primary Indian males’s doubles pair to win a Tremendous 500 title after they beat the then reigning world champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen. The duo then made the ultimate of the French Open Tremendous 750 occasion and broke into the highest 10 on the planet – additionally the primary Indian males’s doubles pair ever to take action.

Chirag and Satwiksairaj had climbed a number of locations to a career-best rating of world No. 7 in 2019. Following the COVID-19 break in 2020, the pair reached the semi-finals of two tournaments out of the 4 they performed in 2021. With the flexibility to tug off surprises, Satwik and Chirag are poised to show a superb end in Tokyo and if luck prevails, a medal isn’t a distant dream.

  • Indian males’s hockey workforce finishes on the rostrum

Going by the shape India males’s hockey workforce has a sensible probability of clinching a medal on the Olympics. Alright, this is likely to be debatable, this is likely to be robust, however I imagine the Indian hockey workforce will go on to get again a historic medal, after a niche of 40 years.

Indian males’s hockey workforce (Supply: Hockey India)

At present ranked no. 4 on the planet, the Males in Blue have been within the blazing type off late. Within the FIH Hockey Professional League, they’ve overwhelmed the highest three groups on the planet in Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands. The squad has the right mix of youth and expertise and after a number of years, they’re wanting like actual contenders.

  • First athletics medal for India

India has been lengthy ravenous for a medal in athletics, which is likely to be achieved this 12 months. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and lengthy jumper Sreeshankar Murali has given us hopes, which may translate into medals on the hallowed floor. It’s not a hidden indisputable fact that athletics is without doubt one of the disciplines which has essentially the most variety of medal occasions and because of this, the Indian federations and associations have been at it to provide a medallist in that discipline.

Asian Video games and Commonwealth Video games gold medallist Neeraj Chopra threw an try of 88.07m to create a brand new nationwide report within the javelin throw occasion on the Indian Grand Prix 3 on the Nationwide Institute of Sports activities (NIS), Patiala. As he’s attempting to achieve the 90m mark, the probabilities look extra encouraging.

Sreeshankar Murali (Supply: Twitter)

The 21-year-old Shreeshankar set a nationwide report after making a leap of 8.26 metres in his remaining try on the Federation Cup and because of this, he attained qualification for the Olympics. Sreeshankar, who ranks fifteenth on the planet presently stands within the main place in 2021 (when the article is being written) with the leap been equalled by Steffin McCarter.

India will search for one other medal hunt by its blended relay workforce lead who received the Tokyo Olympics berth on the 2019 IAAF World Championships

  • Greatest medal tally in capturing

Indian shooters have saved on dominating the world circuit with some extraordinarily effectively performances within the ISSF World Cups. Shooters like Saurabh Chaudhury, Manu Bhaker, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Anjum Moudgil, Abhishek Verma have again and again persistently carried out over a few years, thus making them among the greatest bets to win a number of medals within the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Lengthy look forward to medal ends for Indian archers

Indian archers have lengthy been ready for his or her deserving medal on the Olympics. Deepika Kumari who had been the world no. 1 archer, needed to miss out on her medal goals in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Along with her making into the workforce as soon as once more, Dipika can be bringing expertise together with her to win India’s first-ever medal in archery within the ladies’s particular person class and likewise most likely within the blended workforce occasion together with her husband Atanu Das.

Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das

  • Mary Kom’s dream of profitable Olympic gold stays unachieved

The Tokyo Olympics would be the swansong of India’s all-time best pugilist and six-time world champion Mary Kom. For the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, a gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics would have been the becoming crown for the Manipuri. Nonetheless, going by her current type and analysing her rivals within the 51kg weight class, a high end within the podium can be a frightening job for her who can also be catching up together with her age.

  • Sania Mirza chases down elusive Olympics medal

India’s Sania Mirza mentioned the elusive dream of profitable a medal at her fourth Olympics in Tokyo this 12 months motivated her to return to the WTA circuit after a year-long hole. It was a disappointing outing for Mirza and her blended doubles accomplice Rohan Bopanna in Rio 2016, who regardless of reaching the semifinals of the match missed the medal by a whisker. This time, Sania appears motivated and her present type might spell a medal-winning efficiency in Tokyo.

  • India’s first-ever double-digit medal tally

India’s best-ever medal tally, so far, has been six which they achieved on the London Olympics. However this time, if the Olympics do occur, they’ve an opportunity to eclipse that mark and go additional and who is aware of, they’ve the flexibility to make it to a double-digit medal tally. We might be taking a look at 5 medals from capturing, 2 from boxing, 2 from wrestling, 1 from hockey and that is 10 proper there!

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