Indian golfer Udayan Mane is all set to secure his spot at the Tokyo Olympics as the Argentine golfer Emiliano Grillo withdrew himself from the competition yesterday on 24th June. The top 60 golfers as per the qualification and criteria will compete at the Tokyo Olympics this year. With Grillo gone, Mane has grabbed the spot that may allow him to perform on the grand stage.
Mane was a reserve player behind the world no. 74, Grillo. The lone Argentine on the golfing list had to bow out of the competition, letting 354th Mane claim his spot. Udayan Mane has been looking to secure his spot for a long time, at one point even leading the Indian golf scene. However the pandemic was unlucky for him as he almost lost his chance as the Tokyo Olympics, and yesterday as come as a welcome surprise for the golfer.
It was a Long and Uncertain Journey to the Tokyo Olympics for Udayan Mane
Since the pandemic hit, Mane’s chances of playing at the Asian and Indian tour was becoming lesser. The Asian tour had no competitions since March 2020, while the Indian tour just had a few events in 2020 and 2021.
In an interview with the Bridge, Mane said, “I am thrilled but am still waiting for the official communication. I hope it comes soon. After being a certainty at one point last year, the rankings have been coming down and I couldn’t much because I had no events to play. It was almost depressing but I stuck to practice and workouts.”
Udayan Mane could now be joining Anirban Lahiri as the second Indian male golfer to make it to the Tokyo Olympics. On the women’s side Tvesa Malik has a chance to secure her spot next week, by at least finishing 3rd or higher.