Olympic Games: A list of sports in which India have qualified
Every edition of the Olympic Games sees increased expectation, excitement and participation by India.
Tokyo 2020 looks set to continue that trend spiraling upwards.
Here is a comprehensive Olympic Games list in which India have already confirmed that they will compete in at the 2020 Olympics:
India will have four individual archery representatives at the 2020 Olympics. Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav will compete in the men’s event while Deepika Kumari will be the sole representative among the women.
There is a fifth medal in contention as the men will also be participating as a team.
Apart from the 22-year-old, athletics will see two more names from India - KT Irfan, who will be seen in the 20km individual racewalking and Avinash Sable, who has qualified for the 3000m individual steeplechase.
Race walker Bhawna Jat also confirmed her spot for India at Olympics 2020 with a national record of 29 minutes and 54 seconds in the 20km race walk at the 7th National Open Race Walking Championships.
The Indian hockey men’s and women’s teams have both qualified for 2020 Olympics, the second-consecutive Olympic Games for the latter. The men’s team dominated Russia to secure their place while the women pulled off a thrilling win over the United States to confirm their tickets.
Indian pugilists were in fine form at the Asian Olympic Boxing qualifiers with as many as six boxers sealing their place at the Tokyo 2020 Games. While the likes of Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg) have already sealed their places for the Olympics, the focus will next shift to the World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Paris, where boxers like Manish Kaushik and Sumit Sangwan will hope to make the cut.
As is the case with archery, there will be at least four wrestlers for India at Olympics 2020. While Vinesh Phogat is expected to grapple in the women’s 53kg category after having won the quota place at the 2019 World Championships, Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia are likely to take the mat in the 65kg, 57kg and 86kg respectively.
The shooters will comprise the largest contingent for India at Olympics 2020, with as many as 15 contending for various individual honours.
World nos.3 and 4, Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil have won the quota places in the women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting while second-ranked Divyansh Singh Panwar and world no.11, Deepak Kumar have bagged a quota place in the men’s 10m Air Rifle.
Tejaswini Sawant is expected to line up in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 position with world no.7, Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar the prospective representatives in the men's category.
Manu Bhaker, the 18-year-old ranked number three in the world, along with Yashaswini Singh Deswal are likely to be shooting in the women’s 10m Air Pistol. Second and fourth-ranked Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary could hit the shooting range in Tokyo in the men’s 10m Air Pistol.
The individual 25m pistol category will see Rahi Sarnobat and Chinki Yadav securing the quota places. Meanwhile, the skeet event will see only the men - Angad Veer Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan have won the quota places.
While the Olympic Games list have the above disciplines and athletes confirm their spots for India at Olympics 2020, there are a few other sports in which some renowned Indian names are yet to qualify but can still punch their tickets in the coming months.
A sport in which India has made rapid progress and has risen to a world-class level in recent times, Indian badminton should be represented by the 2016 Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu and 2012 Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal.
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Veterans Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza, who are likely to team up for India at Olympics 2020, are the medals hope for Indian tennis. The duo has had a mixed start to the Olympic year as Rohan Bopanna won the Qatar Open and has reached the quarter-finals of the year’s first Grand Slam.
While a much-anticipated Indian table tennis team debut at the Olympics did not come to fruition for either the men or the women, there is yet some hope of singles representation for India at Olympics 2020.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who broke into the top 25 of the ITTF rankings recently could earn a direct entry into the marquee event while the likes of veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai will have to go through the qualifying grind to seal the remaining spot for Indian table tennis players in the men’s singles.
Fresh from winning a bronze medal at the Hempel World Series, 22-year-old Nethra Kumanan could yet secure a place and hope to sail in her maiden Olympics in the laser radial category in the next couple of months.
The Olympic Games list for Indian participation will be updated as and when athletes qualify for a discipline.