In the year 1919, as the same day of today, on August 14, a meeting was held at Pune’s Deccan Gymkhana Club under the leadership of Dorabjee Tata, who expressed his wish to send the Indian team to Olympics.
Exactly after one year, on August 14, 1920, when the decision was taken forward as 6 Indian athletes participated in the Olympics.
And now, on Thursday, the Deccan Gymkhana club celebrated the centenary of India’s participation in the Olympics. A small event was organized by the club as the Pune District Athletic Association celebrated the 100 years of India’s participation.
More about the event hosted by the Deccan Gymkhana club
The special guests on the list were the former athletes, who represented India in the past Olympic events along with Om Prakash Bakoria, Sports Commissioner of Maharashtra. At the event, Olympians who represented India from Pune were also felicitated.
“I participated in the 1988 Olympics. I am very happy that 100 years have completed for India’s participation in the Olympics. In every sport, our athletes’ have improved. I am confident that in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, we will do good and win gold medals. In boxing I think we will win at least two medals.” said Manoj Pingale, who participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Rekha Bhide, former hockey captain of India said, “During our 100 years of journey, things have changed a lot and it is for good. Women’s hockey is also doing very good.”