Amit Panghal, PV Sindhu, Saurabh Chaudhary and Dutee Chand (L-R)
Athletes from all across the world have started arriving in the host city for the much anticipated
. The quadrennial event is scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 23 Tokyo Olympics rd to August 8 th, 2021. The Olympics were supposed to take place in 2020 but had to be postponed to this year in light of the global pandemic of COVID-19.
India has sent a record 127 athletes to the Summer Games with many ranked in the top 10 of their respective sports. This is India’s best-ever chance at scripting history on the grand stage. The Indian Olympic contingent has been touted to bring home a historic medal bounty and it will be interesting to see how they cope with the tremendous pressure of the grand stage.
With only 2 days to go for the
Tokyo Olympics, the first of its kind following the deadly pandemic, let’s take a look at the states from where India’s Olympians for the first Olympics of the decade come from.
State-wise split of Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes
Haryana and Punjab, who have been the powerhouse of Indian sports are the ones leading the list. Despite housing only 4% of the nation’s population, the north Indian states are home to 40% of the athletes who will be featuring at the Olympic Games.
STATES NO. OF ATHLETES Haryana 31 Punjab 14 Kerala 9 Maharashtra 8 Tamil Nadu 8 Uttar Pradesh 8 Karnataka 7 Rajasthan 5 Odisha 4 Andhra Pradesh 3 Delhi 3 Jharkhand 3 West Bengal 3 Assam 1 Himachal Pradesh 1 Madhya Pradesh 1 Mizoram 1 Sikkim 1
Where do Indian athletes qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 hail from?
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Tarundeep Rai Men’s Recurve Sikkim Atanu Das Men’s Recurve West Bengal Pravin Jadhav Men’s Recurve Maharastra Deepika Kumari Women’s Recurve Jharkhand Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari Mixed Team recurve West Bengal/ Jharkhand Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav Men’s Recurve Team Sikkim/ West Bengal/ Maharastra
ATHLETE EVENT STATE KT Irfan Men’s 20km race walking Kerala Sandeep Punia Men’s 20km race walking Haryana Rahul Rohilla Men’s 20km race walking Haryana Gurpreet Singh Men’s 50km race walking Punjab Avinash Sable Men’s 3000m steeplechase Maharashtra Murali Shreeshankar Men’s long jump Kerala Jabir M Palliayli Men’s 400m hurdles Kerala Neeraj Chopra Men’s javelin throw Haryana Shivpal Singh Men’s javelin throw Uttar Pradesh Tejinder Pal Singh Toor Men’s shot put Punjab Annu Rani Women’s javelin throw Uttar Pradesh Kamalpreet Kaur Women’s discus throw Punjab Seema Punia Women’s discus throw Haryana Bhawna Jat Women’s 20km race walking Rajasthan Priyanka Goswami Women’s 20km race walking Uttar Pradesh Dutee Chand Women’s 100m and 200m sprint Odisha Noah Nirmal Tom, Mohammed Anas Yahiya, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob 4x400m men’s relay Kerala/ Kerala/ Tamil Nadu/ Delhi Alex Antony, Sarthak Bhambri, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan and Dhanlakshmi Sekhar 4x400m mixed relay Kerala/ Delhi/ Tamil Nadu Also Read | India at Tokyo Olympics: Can India win more than a medal on opening day?
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender – PV Sindhu
ATHLETE EVENT STATE PV Sindhu Women’s singles Andhra Pradesh B Sai Praneeth Men’s singles Andhra Pradesh Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty Men’s doubles Andhra Pradesh/ Maharashtra
Amit Panghal and Mary Kom
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Vikas Krishnan Men’s 69kg Haryana Lovlina Borgohain Women’s 69kg Assam Ashish Kumar Men’s 75kg Himachal Pradesh Pooja Rani Women’s 75kg Haryana Satish Kumar Men’s 91kg Uttar Pradesh Mary Kom Women’s 51kg Manipur Amit Panghal Men’s 52kg Haryana Manish Kaushik Men’s 63kg Haryana Simranjit Kaur Women’s 60kg Punjab
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ATHLETE EVENT STATE Fouaad Mirza Men’s individual eventing Karnataka
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Bhavani Devi Women’s sabre fencing Tamil Nadu
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ATHLETE EVENT STATE Anirban Lahiri Men’s Individual Karnataka Udayan Mane Men’s Individual Karnataka Aditi Ashok Women’s Individual Karnataka
Men’s Hockey Team
Men’s National Team
Manpreet Singh Punjab
Rupinder Pal Singh
Birendra Lakra Odisha
Vivek Sagar Prasad
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay
Women’s National Team
Rani Rampal Haryana
Deep Grace Ekka
Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
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ATHLETE EVENT STATE Sushila Devi Women’s 48kg Manipur
Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh
Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after finishing second in the Asia/Oceania Continental Qualifying Regatta in Tokyo.
ATHLETES EVENT STATE Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh Men’s lightweight double sculls Rajasthan/Uttar Pradesh
Indian Sailing Contingent for Tokyo Olympics
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Nethra Kumanan Women’s laser radial Tamil Nadu Vishnu Saravanan Men’s laser standard Tamil Nadu KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar Men’s skiff 49er Tamil Nadu
Manu Bhaker and Suarabh Chaudhary
ATHLETES EVENTS STATE Apurvi Chandela 10m Women’s Air Rifle Rajasthan Divyansh Singh Panwar 10m Men’s Air Rifle Rajasthan Deepak Kumar 10m Men’s Air Rifle Delhi Tejaswini Sawant 50m Women’s Air Rifle 3 Position Maharashtra Sanjeev Rajput 50m Men’s Air Rifle 3 Position Haryana Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar 50m Men’s Air Rifle 3 Position Madhya Pradesh Manu Bhaker 10m Women’s Air Pistol, Women’s 25m Air Pistol Rajasthan Yashaswini Singh Deswal 10m Women’s Air Pistol Delhi Saurabh Chaudhary 10m Men’s Air Pistol Uttar Pradesh Abhishek Verma 10m Men’s Air Pistol Haryana Rahi Sarnobat 25m Women’s Air Pistol Maharashtra Elavenil Valarivan 10m Women’s Air Rifle Tamil Nadu Angad Veer Singh Bajwa Men’s skeet Haryana Mairaj Ahmad Khan Women’s skeet Uttar Pradesh Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan Deepak Kumar and Anjum Moudgil 10m Air Rifle – Mixed Team Rajasthan/Tamil Nadu Delhi/Punjab Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Singh Deswal 10m Air Pistol – Mixed Team Uttar Pradesh/Rajasthan Haryana/Delhi
Indian elite swimmers (L-R): Kushagra Rawat, Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Sajan Prakash 200m Men’s Butterfly Kerala Srihari Nataraj 100m Men’s Backstroke Karnataka Maana Patel 100m Women’s Backstroke Gujurat
Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina
ATHLETES EVENT STATE Sumit Nagpal Men’s singles Haryana Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina Women’s doubles Telangana/Gujurat
Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Achanta Sharath Kamal Men’s singles Tamil Nadu Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Men’s singles Tamil Nadu Manika Batra Women’s doubles Delhi Sutirtha Mukherjee Women’s doubles West Bengal Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra Mixed doubles Tamil Nadu/Delhi
Tokyo Olympics weightlifting medal contender Mirabai Chanu
ATHLETE EVENT STATE Seema Bisla Women’s Freestyle 50kg Haryana Vinesh Phogat Women’s Freestyle 53kg Haryana Anshu Malik Women’s Freestyle 57kg Haryana Sonam Malik Women’s Freestyle 62kg Haryana Ravi Kumar Dahiya Men’s Freestyle 57kg Haryana Bajrang Punia Men’s Freestyle 65kg Haryana Deepak Punia Men’s Freestyle 86kg Haryana
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