India at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Full list of qualified athletes
Tokyo Olympics 2020 is set to begin on 23rd July and the whole world is waiting for the games to begin after a delayed one-year start due to the Covid-19 pandemic that halted all sporting activities around the world.
The Indian contingent includes a record total of 127 athletes ready to take part in the biggest sporting event on the planet starting in a few days. A 228-member traveling contingent has been sent by the country including the coaches, support staff, and officials.
Let’s have a look at the players who have qualified for the quadrennial event and the major names who missed out on this year’s edition of the Olympics.
The power couple of Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari has qualified for men’s recurve and women’s recurve individual events respectively whilst Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav have qualified for the men’s event as well in both individual and team category along with Das.
KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar, and Rahul Rohilla will be participating in the men’s 20-km race-walk with Bhawana Jat and Priyanka Goswami qualifying for the women’s event in the same discipline. Gurpreet Singh is the only Indian athlete taking part in the men’s 50-km race walk.
Dutee Chand is one of the nation’s biggest hopes of getting a gold medal and she will be taking part in the women’s 100m and 200m disciplines.
MP Jabir has qualified for the men’s 400m hurdles with Murali Sreeshankar taking part in the men’s long jump. Avinash Sable will be India’s only representative in the 3000m steeplechase.
Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh have qualified for the men’s javelin throw with Annu Rani making it to the women’s event in the sport.
Seema Punia and Kamalpreet Kaur have made it to the women’s discus throw with Tajinderpal Singh Toor standing a chance to win a medal in men’s shot-put.
Amol Jacob, Rajiv Arokia, Muhammaed Anas, Naganathan Pandi, and Noah Nirmal Tom is the men’s 4*400m relay Indian contingent with Sarthak Bhambri, Alex Antony, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan and Dhanlakshmi Sekhar are part of the mixed 4*400m relay team.
2016 London Olympics silver medal winner PV Sindhu will be eyeing a gold medal this year in the women’s singles category with B Sai Praneeth the lone representative in the men’s singles event.
The pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will be playing in the men’s doubles category.
The Indian boxing contingent will be led by Mary Kom with Simranjit Kaur, Pooja Rani, and Lovlina Borgohain taking part in other weight categories in women’s events. Satish Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Vikas Krishan, Amit Panghal, and Manish Kaushik are the male Indian boxers set to take part in their respective weight categories.
Bhavani Devi- Women’s sabre
Anirban Lahiri, Aditi Ashok, and Udayan Mane
Pranati Nayak- women’s artistic
Both men’s and women’s Indian hockey national teams will be representing the nation at the world’s biggest sporting event.
Sumit Nagal is India’s lone representative in the men’s singles event with Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina playing in the women’s doubles category.
Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh will be taking part in the men’s lightweight double sculls event.
Vishnu Saravanan- Men’s laser standard
Nethra Kumanan– Women’s laser radial
KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar- Men’s skiff 49er
Shooting is one of India’s main strengths and a big hope for the coveted gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant will be taking part in women’s 50m rifle-3 position. Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan have qualified in the women’s 10m air rifle. Yashaswini Deswal and Rahi Sarnobat have made it to the women’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol respectively with Manu Bhaker participating in both events.
Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar will be representing the nation in the men’s 50m rifle-3 position at the Tokyo Olympics. Divyansh Pawar and Deepak Kumar will take part in the men’s 10m air rifle discipline. Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma have made it to the men’s 10m air pistol category. Angad Vir Singh and Mairaj Ahmed Khan are participating in the men’s skeet.
Apart from the 16 gold medals in the singles events at stake, India is also participating in the 10m air rifle and 10m air pistol mixed team events.
Sajan Prakash- Men’s 200m butterfly
Srihari Nataraj- Men’s 100m backstroke
Maana Patel- Women’s 100m backstroke
Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will be playing the men’s singles event with Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee ready to play in the women’s singles event. Batra and Kamal will be representing the nation in the mixed doubles category.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu– 48 kg
Ravi Dahiya, Bajrang Punia, and Deepak Punia will be battling it out in their respective weight categories with Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik, Sonam Malik, and Seema Bisla participating in the women’s events.