Nations all across the world are gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics which is scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 23rd to August 8th, 2021. The Olympics which were supposed to take place in the year 2020 had to be postponed to this year in light of the global pandemic of COVID-19. Even as Japan plans everything in accordance with the Covid protocols, a lot of athletes from many countries are facing issues due to travel bans and restrictions.
India is sending a large contingent of 115 athletes in 18 sports so far to the Tokyo Olympics. While you may have already heard of some due to their participation in the previous Olympics, there are some new additions, ready to make a name for themselves.
List of Indian athletes qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020
India has had many ace archers in recent times including Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das who won the gold medals in the Archery World Cup. Their performance is highly awaited in the upcoming Olympics.
|Tarundeep Rai||Men’s Recurve|
|Atanu Das||Men’s Recurve|
|Pravin Jadhav||Men’s Recurve|
|Deepika Kumari||Women’s Recurve|
|Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari||Mixed Team recurve|
|Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav||Men’s Recurve Team|
While athletics has never been a strong field for India, KT Irfan raised the hopes of all Indians as he became the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2021 Olympics. Neeraj Chopra’s recent gold in Lisbon shows that India stands a chance at clinching a gold this year. As the 4x400m Mixed Relay team makes their debut this year, here is the list of athletes qualified for athletics this Olympics –
|KT Irfan||Men’s 20km race walking|
|Sandeep Kumar||Men’s 20km race walking|
|Rahul Rohilla||Men’s 20km race walking|
|Avinash Sable||Men’s 3000m steeplechase|
|Murali Shreeshankar||Men’s long jump|
|Neeraj Chopra||Men’s javelin throw|
|Shivpal Singh||Men’s javelin throw|
|Tejinder Pal Singh Toor||Men’s shot put|
|Annu Rani||Women’s javelin throw|
|Kamalpreet Kaur||Women’s discus throw|
|Seema Punia||Women’s discus throw|
|Bhawna Jat||Women’s 20km race walking|
|Priyanka Goswami||Women’s 20km race walking|
|Dutee Chand||Women’s 100m and 200m sprint|
|Noah Nirmal Tom, Mohammed Anas Yahiya, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob||4x400m men’s relay|
|Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Nirmal Noah, Jisna Mathew||4x400m mixed relay|
After missing the gold by just a small margin in the Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu steps back into the Olympic field in Tokyo with grit and in better form. A lot of hopes ride on the badminton players this year to win an Olympic medal.
|PV Sindhu||Women’s singles|
|B Sai Praneeth||Men’s singles|
|Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty||Men’s doubles|
With Mary Kom as the frontrunner, 9 boxers paved their way to Tokyo at the Asia Oceania boxing Olympic qualifiers held in Jordan.
|Vikas Krishnan||Men’s 69kg|
|Lovlina Borgohain||Women’s 69kg|
|Ashish Kumar||Men’s 75kg|
|Pooja Rani||Women’s 75kg|
|Satish Kumar||Men’s 91kg|
|Mary Kom||Women’s 51kg|
|Amit Panghal||Men’s 52kg|
|Manish Kaushik||Men’s 63kg|
|Simranjit Kaur||Women’s 60kg|
India’s first qualification in an Equestrian event in Olympics came through Fouaad Mirza who sealed his spot with his performance at an event in Poland which helped him achieve the Minimum Eligibility Requirement.
|Fouaad Mirza||Men’s individual eventing|
India shall have its first qualifier for fencing this Olympics. The 27- year old who has trained with the Italian National Fencing Team for the last few weeks has a lot of hopes riding on her.
|Bhavani Devi||Women’s sabre fencing|
After Dipa Karmakar, Pranati Nayak is the only gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics. The 26-year old found her way into the Olympics after the Asian Championships of 2021 were cancelled.
|Pranati Nayak||Women’s artistic|
|Anirban Lahiri||Men’s Individual|
|Udayan Mane||Men’s Individual|
|Aditi Ashok||Women’s Individual|
Being the national sport, hockey has always been a pride of India. After winning the gold medals on multiple editions of the Olympics in the 20th century, the hockey team has a reputation to uphold as they shall be the center of attention.
This will be the 20th Olympic Games list to feature the Indian men’s hockey team, who sit fourth in the world rankings, while the women’s side will be making their third appearance and second in succession.
|Men’s National Team||Hockey|
|Women’s National Team||Hockey|
Both teams qualified in November 2019 and each of them will carry a 16-member squad to Tokyo 2020.
Judoka Sushila Devi qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics by claiming the continental quota. She is currently ranked 7th in Asia with in the 48kg category with 989 points.
|Sushila Devi||Women’s 48kg|
Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after finishing second in the Asia/Oceania Continental Qualifying Regatta in Tokyo.
|Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh||Men’s lightweight double sculls|
While Indians have participated in the sailing events in Olympics in the past, this is the first time that they have qualified in multiple events in the same edition of the Olympics. Nethra Kumanan is the first woman sailor to have qualified for the Olympics.
|Nethra Kumanan||Women’s laser radial|
|Vishnu Saravanan||Men’s laser standard|
|KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar||Men’s skiff 49er|
As many as 15 Indian shooters including Manu Bhaker and Elavenil Valarivan have achieved Olympic qualification so far, making it the country’s largest contingent at any Games with high medal expectations.
|Apurvi Chandela||10m Women’s Air Rifle|
|Divyansh Singh Panwar||10m Men’s Air Rifle|
|Deepak Kumar||10m Men’s Air Rifle|
|Tejaswini Sawant||50m Women’s Air Rifle 3 Position|
|Sanjeev Rajput||50m Men’s Air Rifle 3 Position|
|Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar||50m Men’s Air Rifle 3 Position|
|Manu Bhaker||10m Women’s Air Pistol, Women’s 25m Air Pistol|
|Yashaswini Singh Deswal||10m Women’s Air Pistol|
|Saurabh Chaudhary||10m Men’s Air Pistol|
|Abhishek Verma||10m Men’s Air Pistol|
|Rahi Sarnobat||25m Women’s Air Pistol|
|Elavenil Valarivan||10m Women’s Air Rifle|
|Angad Veer Singh Bajwa||Men’s skeet|
|Mairaj Ahmad Khan||Men’s skeet|
|Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan|
Deepak Kumar and Anjum Moudgil
|10m Air Rifle – Mixed Team|
|Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker|
Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Singh Deswal
|10m Air Pistol – Mixed Team|
For the first time in history, two Indians have earned automatic qualification for the Olympic Games.
|Sajan Prakash||200m Men’s Butterfly|
|Srihari Nataraj||100m Men’s Backstroke|
|Maana Patel||100m Women’s Backstroke|
Former World No. 1 Sania Mirza will make the Olympics entry on the basis of her injury-protected ranking of No. 9. As per the rule, Sania can make the doubles draw with a partner ranked in the top-300. The 28-year-old Ankita Raina is 183 in singles and 95 in doubles. This will be Sania’s fourth Olympics appearance.
|Sumit Nagpal||Men’s singles|
|Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina||Women’s doubles|
Four Indian players qualified for table tennis at the Asian Qualifiers held in Doha in March.
|Achanta Sharath Kamal||Men’s singles|
|Sathiyan Gnanasekaran||Men’s singles|
|Manika Batra||Women’s doubles|
|Sutirtha Mukherjee||Women’s doubles|
|Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra||Mixed doubles|
Mirabai Chanu from Manipur qualified for weightlifting in Tokyo Olympics in the 49kg category and is the only weightlifter to have qualified so far.
|Mirabai Chanu||Women’s 49kg|
Wrestling has always brought India many laurels whether it was in Olympics or World Championships. Following the Phogat legacy, Vinesh Phogat is all set to make a name for herself as she comes back in better form this year after her injury in Rio Olympics. Medal expectations are quite high from the wrestling contingent which has brought at least one medal in the last few editions of Olympics.
|Seema Bisla||Women’s Freestyle 50kg|
|Vinesh Phogat||Women’s Freestyle 53kg|
|Anshu Malik||Women’s Freestyle 57kg|
|Sonam Malik||Women’s Freestyle 62kg|
|Ravi Kumar Dahiya||Men’s Freestyle 57kg|
|Bajrang Punia||Men’s Freestyle 65kg|
|Deepak Punia||Men’s Freestyle 86kg|
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