One hour agoAuthor: Jaidev Singh
Only 49 days are left for the Tokyo Olympics. So far, 100 Indian players have qualified for these games in 14 events. Some more players may also qualify in the coming days. These include sports such as weightlifting. In which India’s Mirabai Chanu is also a contender for the medal.
What is India’s expectation from the Tokyo Olympics? In which sports till now, which Indian players have qualified for the Olympics? In which sports does India hope to medal and why? Let’s know…
This year’s Olympics to be held in Tokyo is to be held from 23 July to 8 August. However, some sports like softball and women’s football will start from July 21, two days before the opening ceremony on 23. Inauguration Ceremony will be held on 23rd July. Most of the events will start from 24th July.
How many Indian players have qualified so far?
So far 100 players have qualified for the Olympics in 14 events. Of these, 56 are men and 44 are women. After 16-16 players of women’s and men’s hockey, maximum 15 players have qualified for shooting. These include 8 men and 7 women. After this 14 players have qualified in athletics. In athletics, Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh are the biggest medal prospects in javelin throw.
Medals expected from Saurabh, Manu and Elavenil in shooting
India’s hopes of doing better than Rio in Tokyo are mostly on shooting. This time the team of 15 shooters of the country is going to the Olympics. This will be India’s biggest shooting crew ever. Earlier the largest contingent was sent to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Then a team of 12 shooters went to Rio.
This team includes Angad Bajwa, Saurabh Chaudhary, Meraj Khan, Deepak Kumar, Divyansh Pawar, Sanjeev Rajput, Aishwarya Tomar, Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Deswal, Apurvi Chandela, Rahi Sarnobat, Anjum Moudgil, Tejasw ini Sawant and Elavenil Valarivan.
In the 10m air pistol, India’s Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary are in the top three in the world rankings. Yashaswini Deswal and Manu Bhaker are world number one and two in the same event. In such a situation, India is expected to have more than one medal in this event. Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat are also world numbers two and three in the women’s 25m pistol event. India is also hoping for a medal in this event. However, in this event, there was also a controversy due to not being selected in the team, Chinki Yadav, who got the quota for India and World No. Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar is currently number one in the world rankings in the 50m rifle 3 position. So Divyansh Singh Pawar is world number three in 10m air rifle. Elavenil Valarivan is also expected to win a medal in the same event. Who has been included in the team in place of Chinki Yadav.
Bajrang and Vinesh biggest hope in wrestling
Wrestling has been India’s most successful sport for the last three Olympics. So far, the country has got a total of 5 medals including one silver and four bronze in this game. This time also there are medal hopes in it. Like shooting, the biggest team of 8 players in wrestling is going to the Olympics so far. Earlier in 2016, 7 wrestlers went to Rio.
This time Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Poonia, Sumit Malik, Seema Bisla, Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik are going to Tokyo. These include Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Deepak Poonia in the top three in the world rankings. Medals are being expected from all three.
Bajrang has consistently performed well for the last three years. He is the biggest contender for the medal. At the same time, Vinesh Phogat’s performance has also improved a lot after the 2016 Rio Olympics failure. He is also expected to win a medal this time.
More than one medal can also come in boxing
Boxing is one of those sports in which India has won more than one medal. Along with shooting and wrestling, India also expects more than one medal in boxing. Like shooting and wrestling, so far the largest Indian contingent is going to the Olympics in boxing.
This time 9 Indian boxers Amit Panghal, Vikas Yadav, Manish Kaushik, Ashish Kumar, Satish Kumar, Mary Kom, Simranjit Kaur, Lovlina Borgohain and Pooja Rani will go down for the podium finish.
Of these, Amit Panghal, Mary Kom and Pooja Rani are the biggest contenders for the medal.
Medal can also come in athletics, badminton and hockey
While India is expected to get more than one medal in Shooting, Wrestling and Boxing, athletics, badminton and hockey are also expected to get medals. Medals are expected from Neeraj Chopra in athletics, PV Sindhu in badminton.
The way the Indian men’s team has performed in hockey for the last three years, one can hope to get an Olympic medal once again. In weightlifting, Mirabai Chanu can get the country its first medal in this Olympics. However, the final list of players who have qualified in weightlifting is yet to come.