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
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.
|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|
|Blended group||Deepika Kumari / TBD*|
|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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|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|
|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|
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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|Males’s Singles||B Sai Praneeth||28|
|Girls’s Singles||PV Sindhu||26|
|Males’s Doubles||Satwiksairaj Rankireddy||20|
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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|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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|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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|Girls’s Sabre Particular person||CA Bhavani Devi||27|
|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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|Males’s Hockey||Surender Kumar||27|
|Vivek Sagar Prasad||21|
|Rupinder Pal Singh||30|
|Lalit Kumar Upadhyay||27|
|Girls’s Hockey||Sharmila Devi||19|
|Deep Grace Ekka||27|
|Girls -48 kg||Shushila Devi Likmabam||26|
|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.
|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.
|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
|10m Air Rifle Blended Staff*|| Deepak Kumar
|10m Air Pistol Blended Staff*|| Saurabh Chaudhary
|10m Air Pistol Blended Staff*|| Abhishek Verma
Yashaswini Singh Deswal
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.
|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|
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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|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|
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.)
|Girls’s Doubles||Sania Mirza||34|
|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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|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.
|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)