September 30, 2022

Be aware: The article has been up to date to replicate the late entry of tennis participant Sumit Nagal and feminine golfer Diksha Dagar.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games, delayed by a 12 months, lastly will get underway in Japan on 23 July and India may have a file complete of 121 athletes of their official contingent.

India’s file for his or her largest contingent, which was set on the Rio Olympics, has formally been improved by two. A complete of 117 athletes had been part of Rio 2016, the place India returned with two medals.

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India shall be sending a 228-strong contingent (together with the officers) to the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Olympic Affiliation president Narinder Batra had mentioned in an interplay on Tuesday, 13 July.

Out of the 121 athletes, 68 are male and 53 are feminine contributors. The typical age of the Indian contingent is round 27 years. The oldest among the many lot would be the 45-year-old Mairaj Ahmed Khan (males’s skeet taking pictures). There are two different athletes of their 40s in Tejaswini Sawant and Sanjeev Rajput (each 40, rifle 3-positions) with desk tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal following swimsuit at 39. Rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar is the youngest among the many 119 at 18, whereas the contingent has six 19-year-olds, together with pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker.

Trying to enhance on their file of 1 silver and one bronze from the final version at Rio, India’s marketing campaign will start on the primary day (23 July) with the archery qualification rounds. Rowing can be on the schedule for opening day (Indians on 24 July) earlier than the ceremony takes place within the night the place veteran boxer MC Mary Kom and males’s hockey group captain Manpreet Singh would be the flagbearers for India.

Right here’s a take a look at the total record, damaged down by the occasions:

India’s entries for Tokyo 2020

Self-discipline Feminine Male Complete
Archery 1 3 4
Inventive Gymnastics 1 0 1
Athletics 8 17 25
Badminton 1 3 4
Boxing 4 5 9
Equestrian 0 1 1
Fencing 1 0 1
Golf 2 2 4
Hockey 16 16 32
Judo 1 0 1
Rowing 0 2 2
Crusing 1 3 4
Capturing 7 8 15
Swimming 1 2 3
Desk Tennis 2 2 4
Tennis 2 1 3
Weightlifting 1 0 1
Wrestling 4 3 7
Complete 53 68 121


Just lately topped world No 1, Deepika Kumari will look to finish her lengthy await an Olympics medal in Tokyo. She has been in nice type on the World Cup circuit in 2021 and returned to the highest spot following her hat-trick of gold medals on the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris. The 27-year-old from Ranchi, who had achieved the highest spot for the primary time in 2012, claimed gold medals in three recurve occasions – ladies’s particular person, group and blended pair in Paris. She additionally gained the group and particular person occasions within the first World Cup of the 12 months in Guatemala.

The Koreans, who’re undisputed champions of the occasion at Olympics, have been lacking in motion on the World Cups so their presence will make issues trickier for Kumari. However on her day, she will nonetheless compete with the perfect and she or he shall be hoping for the luck of draw too.

Kumari would be the sole feminine archer within the fray as the ladies’s group missed out on a quota in Paris just lately whereas the lads had earned theirs earlier. The blended group occasion is making its Olympics debut in Tokyo and the pair of Kumari and Atanu Das may have an opportunity to impress ought to they do nicely within the qualification rounds as anticipated.

Occasion Identify Age
Males’s Particular person Atanu Das 29
Males’s Particular person Pravin Ramesh Jadhav  25
Males’s Particular person Tarundeep Rai  37
Girls’s Particular person Deepika Kumari  27
Males’s Staff Atanu Das  29
Pravin Ramesh Jadhav 25
Tarundeep Rai  37
Blended group Deepika Kumari  / TBD*
*Primarily based on qualification rounds

Inventive Gymnastics

Occasion Identify Age
Girls’s Inventive Gymnastics Pranati Nayak  26


All eyes shall be on Neeraj Chopra who’s seen as India’s brightest prospect to finish the nation’s lengthy await a primary Olympic medal in athletics. Impartial India has by no means gained a medal on the monitor and discipline occasions in Olympic Video games with Milkha Singh and PT Usha coming heartbreakingly shut up to now.

Chopra, who has been in Europe forward of Tokyo, just lately gained bronze on the Kuortane Video games occasion in Finland with a efficiency of 86.79m in a star-studded discipline comprising, amongst others, Olympic favorite German Johannes Vetter, who gained the occasion with a large throw of 93.59m.

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Occasion Identify Age
Males’s 3000m Steeplechase Avinash Mukund Sable  26
Males’s 400m Hurdles MP Jabir 25
Males’s Lengthy Bounce M Sreeshankar 22
Males’s Shot Put Tajinderpal Singh Toor  26
Males’s Javelin Throw Neeraj Chopra 23
Males’s Javelin Throw Shivpal Singh  26
Males’s 20km Race Stroll KT Irfan 31
Males’s 20km Race Stroll Sandeep Kumar  35
Males’s 20km Race Stroll Rahul 25
Males’s 50km Race Stroll Gurpreet Singh  37
Males’s 4 x 400m Relay Amoj Jacob  23
P Naganathan 25
Arokia Rajiv  30
Noah Nirmal Tom  26
Muhammed Anas Yahiya  26
Girls’s 100m Dutee Chand  25
Girls’s 200m Dutee Chand 25
Girls’s Discus Throw Kamalpreet Kaur  25
Girls’s Discus Throw Seema Punia  37
Girls’s Javelin Throw Annu Rani  28
Girls’s 20km Race Stroll Bhawna Jat  25
Girls’s 20km Race Stroll Priyanka  25
4 x 400m Relay Blended Alex Antony  26
Sarthak Bhambri  22
Revathi Veeramani  23
Subha Venkatesan  21


Saina Nehwal in 2012 and PV Sindhu in 2016 gave the nation moments of pleasure in a sport the place India are thought-about among the many powerhouses. The contingent has shrunk in dimension from Rio with Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy, Ashwini Ponnappa among the many star names to overlook out. However with reigning World Champion Sindhu and world championship bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth, together with rising doubles stars Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, there are expectations of finishing a hat-trick in Tokyo.

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Occasion Identify Age
Males’s Singles B Sai Praneeth 28
Girls’s Singles PV Sindhu 26
Males’s Doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy  20
Chirag Shetty  24


Boxing resulted in medals on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Video games and after drawing a clean in Rio regardless of massive expectations, the hope from the Indian boxing contingent, which contains a file 9 pugilists, continues to be excessive.

For 2020, all eyes shall be on MC Mary Kom and Amit Panghal, who’ve been in high-quality type on the circuit.

Panghal (52kg) described his latest silver-winning efficiency on the Asian Championships as the perfect of his profession to this point. The 25-year-old boxer from Haryana was the defending champion earlier than he misplaced to an outdated nemesis, Uzbekistan’s reigning world and Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov within the last of the occasion in Dubai. However that efficiency ought to augur nicely for a boxer thought-about among the many greatest in his weight class.

Six-time boxing world champion and 2012 bronze medallist, Mary Kom returns to the Video games after lacking out in 2016. She is without doubt one of the two flagbearers for the contingent on the Olympics opening ceremony. The Olympics gold is without doubt one of the medals lacking from her embellished cupboard and she or he shall be trying to go the gap.

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Occasion Identify Age
Males’s Fly (48-52kg) Amit Panghal 25
Males’s Mild (57-63kg) Manish Kaushik  25
Males’s Welter (63-69kg) Vikas Krishan Yadav 29
Males’s Center (69-75kg) Ashish Kumar  27
Males’s Tremendous Heavy (+91kg) Satish Kumar 32
Girls’s Fly (48-51kg) MC Mary Kom 38
Girls’s Mild (57-60kg) Simranjit Kaur Baatth  26
Girls’s Welter (64-69kg) Lovlina Borgohain 23
Girls’s Center (69-75kg) Pooja Rani 30


Fouaad Mirza is barely the third Indian equestrian after Indrajit Lamba and Imtiaz Anees to safe a person spot in Eventing on the Olympic Video games. Anees was the final to make the lower for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a wildcard.

Mirza, who gained two silver medals on the 2018 Asian Video games ending a 36-year-old medal drought, has picked Dajara 4 as his horse over his different skilled horse Seigneur Medicott. He had ended India’s 36-year-old medal drought on the Asian Video games by successful a silver at Jakarta 2018 astride Medicott, who later sustained an damage.

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Occasion Identify Age
Eventing Particular person Fouaad Mirza  29


CA Bhavani Devi created historical past when she grew to become the primary ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympic Video games.

The sabre fencer secured a spot by way of the World Cup in Hungary after the hosts misplaced within the quarterfinals of the group occasion, permitting South Korea to progress to the semi-final. In consequence, Bhavani Devi certified by way of the Adjusted Official Rating methodology.

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Occasion Identify Age
Girls’s Sabre Particular person CA Bhavani Devi 27


Occasion Identify Age
Males’s Particular person Stroke Play Anirban Lahiri  34
Males’s Particular person Stroke Play Udayan Mane  30
Girls’s Particular person Stroke Play Aditi Ashok  23
Girls’s Particular person Stroke Play Diksha Dagar 20


Nicely, the wait has to finish someday doesn’t it? India’s hockey historical past is probably the most wonderful on the Olympic Video games, with the group successful eight gold medals within the males’s occasion (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980). However the sport that’s so entrenched within the nation’s historical past has not featured in a podium end since 1980. The lads’s group will go into the Olympics hoping to finish that lengthy wait.

For the Indian ladies’s hockey group, qualifying for Rio Olympics in 2016 was a dream. It put an finish to a 36-year wait to succeed in the showpiece occasion. However the marketing campaign was a actuality test. The group has bounced again since and it’s the primary time Indian ladies have made it to back-to-back Olympic Video games of their historical past.

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Occasion Identify Age
Males’s Hockey Surender Kumar  27
Birendra Lakra  31
PR Sreejesh 33
Vivek Sagar Prasad  21
Amit Rohidas  28
Nilakanta Sharma  26
Dilpreet Singh  21
Gurjant Singh  26
Hardik Singh  22
Harmanpreet Singh  25
Mandeep Singh  26
Manpreet Singh  29
Rupinder Pal Singh 30
Shamsher Singh  23
Sumit 24
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay  27
Girls’s Hockey Sharmila Devi  19
Deep Grace Ekka 27
Vandana Katariya  29
Gurjit Kaur  25
Navjot Kaur  26
Navneet Kaur 25
Lalremsiami 21
Monika Malik 27
Neha Goyal 24
Nisha Warsi 26
Nikki Pradhan  27
Sushila Chanu 29
Rani Rampal 26
Savita Punia 31
Salima Tete  19
Udita Duhan 23


Occasion Identify Age
Girls -48 kg Shushila Devi Likmabam  26


Occasion Identify Age
Light-weight Males’s Double Sculls Jat Arjun Lal  24
Light-weight Males’s Double Sculls Arvind Singh 25


India will compete in multiple crusing occasion in an Olympics for the primary time of their historical past. Nethra Kumanan, the primary ever Indian girl sailor to qualify for the Video games, shall be joined by Vishnu Saravanan in Laser STD Class. KC Ganapathy-Varun Thakkar earned their spot within the 49er class occasion. The quotas got here from Asian Qualifier occasion in Oman just lately. It’s the utmost variety of sailors certified and likewise in variety of occasions.

There have been 4 cases of two Indian sailors qualifying for the Olympics earlier however they took half in the identical occasion.

Occasion Identify Age
Males’s One Individual Dinghy – Laser Vishnu Saravanan  22
Males’s Skiff – 49er KC Ganapathy 25
Males’s Skiff – 49er Varun Thakkar  26
Girls’s One Individual Dinghy – Laser Radial Nethra Kumanan  23


Arguably, India’s largest hope for a number of medals at Tokyo 2020, the taking pictures squad options a mixture of youngsters and veterans. The shooters have been in sensational type within the Olympic cycle, with medals galore within the ISSF World Cups.

The world No 1 in her class, Elavenil Valarivan was included in a 15-member Indian taking pictures contingent for Tokyo whereas Manu Bhaker is slated to characterize the nation in three occasions.

Bhaker shall be fielded in each the ladies’s 25m pistol alongside the skilled Rahi Sarnobat and in her pet 10m air pistol occasion with Yashaswini Singh Deswal. She can even accomplice Saurabh Chaudhary within the blended group occasion, the place they’ve had a stellar run on the World Cups. Chaudhary too begins as one of many medal favourites in each his occasions.

Learn extra in regards to the Indian taking pictures squad right here.

Occasion Identify Age
10m Air Rifle Males Deepak Kumar  33
10m Air Rifle Males Divyansh Singh Panwar  18
50m Rifle 3 Positions Males Sanjeev Rajput  40
50m Rifle 3 Positions Males Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar  20
10m Air Pistol Males Saurabh Chaudhary 19
10m Air Pistol Males Abhishek Verma  31
Skeet Males Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 25
Skeet Males Mairaj Ahmad Khan  45
10m Air Rifle Girls Apurvi Chandela  28
10m Air Rifle Girls Elavenil Valarivan  21
50m Rifle 3 Positions Girls Anjum Moudgil  27
50m Rifle 3 Positions Girls Tejaswini Sawant  40
10m Air Pistol Girls Manu Bhaker  19
10m Air Pistol Girls Yashaswini Singh Deswal  24
25m Pistol Girls Manu Bhaker  19
25m Pistol Girls Rahi Sarnobat 30
10m Air Rifle Blended Staff* Divyansh Singh Panwar
Elavenil Valarivan 
10m Air Rifle Blended Staff* Deepak Kumar
Anjum Moudgil  
10m Air Pistol Blended Staff* Saurabh Chaudhary
Manu Bhaker  
10m Air Pistol Blended Staff* Abhishek Verma
Yashaswini Singh Deswal 
*Occasions / groups not confirmed on the official website but, that is as per India’s authentic choice (The pistol and rifle groups had been swapped initially, the error has been rectified)


Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash achieved Olympic Qualification Timing (OQT) ‘A’ stage timings just lately to create historical past for Indian swimming. The 27-year-old Prakash clocked 1:56:38 seconds within the males’s 200m butterfly occasion in Rome to turn out to be the primary ever Indian swimmer to earn a direct Olympic qualification. Later, Srihari Natraj formally booked himself a Tokyo Olympics berth after the game’s world governing physique FINA authorized his ‘A’ commonplace qualification time within the males’s 100m backstroke time trial on the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome.

Maana Patel’s participation within the Tokyo Olympics was confirmed by way of Universality quota and can participate within the 100m backstroke on the Tokyo Video games.

Occasion Identify Age
Girls’s 100m Backstroke Maana Patel 21
Males’s 200m Freestyle Sajan Prakash  27
Males’s 100m Backstroke Srihari Nataraj  20
Males’s 100m Butterfly Sajan Prakash  27
Males’s 200m Butterfly Sajan Prakash  27

Desk Tennis

Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, G Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee earned themselves singles qualification on the Tokyo Olympics from the Asian Olympic Qualification occasion in Doha earlier this 12 months. The largest quota information got here from Sharath and Batra, who surprised the highest seeds within the blended doubles. Whereas Sathiyan and Sutirtha emerged winners of their respective classes of the South Asian Group for his or her assured quota spots, Sharath and Batra sealed Tokyo berths by advantage of being the highest-ranked second-placed gamers.

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Occasion Identify Age
Males’s Singles Achanta Sharath Kamal 39
Males’s Singles Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 28
Girls’s Singles Manika Batra 26
Girls’s Singles Sutirtha Mukherjee  25
Blended Doubles Achanta Sharath Kamal 39
Manika Batra 26


Tennis is an occasion that has been the supply of both success or heartbreaks on the Olympic Video games for the reason that flip of century. Whereas Leander Paes introduced pleasure to a nation devoid of success on the Video games since Moscow 1980 together with his bronze in 1996, since then there have been heartbreaks within the doubles occasions. Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna each got here shut however fell simply quick. This time round, there’s been disappointment even earlier than the Video games begin as just one occasion will function Indians.

(Replace on 18 July: After withdrawals within the occasion, Sumit Nagal was added to India’s entries in tennis.)

Occasion Identify Age
Girls’s Doubles Sania Mirza  34
Ankita Raina  28
Males’s singles Sumit Nagal 23


Former world champion Mirabai Chanu is one in all India’s early medal hopes. Occasions have been onerous to come back by however Chanu bagged the bronze medal within the recently-concluded Asian Championship by lifting 86kg in snatch and a world file of 119kg in clear and jerk for a complete of 205kg.

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Occasion Identify Age
Girls’s 49kg Mirabai Chanu Saikhom 26


Since Beijing 2008, Indian wrestlers have gained Olympic medals at each version. And as soon as once more, there shall be loads of hopes driving on the grapplers in Tokyo.

Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar are seeded of their respective classes.

Star feminine wrestler Vinesh, who has clinched gold medals in all of the occasions she has taken half in 2021, is the highest seed within the 53kg class forward of native favorite Mayu Mukaida of Japan. Each Bajrang and Deepak have been seeded second within the 65kg and 86kg class whereas Ravi has been seeded fourth within the 57kg.

India had earned eight quota spots however one needed to be forfeited due to a optimistic doping take a look at returned by Sumit Malik.

Occasion Identify Age
Girls’s Freestyle 50kg Seema Bisla 28
Girls’s Freestyle 53kg Vinesh Phogat 26
Girls’s Freestyle 57kg Anshu Malik 19
Girls’s Freestyle 62kg Sonam Malik 19
Males’s Freestyle 57kg Ravi Kumar 23
Males’s Freestyle 65kg Bajrang Punia 27
Males’s Freestyle 86kg Deepak Punia 22

All information as confirmed by the Tokyo 2020 official web site

(With PTI inputs)

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