Olympic Games are postponed for the first time in history of 124 years. Games were cancelled three times, that was in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to world war but never been postponed.
It’s a dream for every athlete to participate in Olympic games and showcase their talent in front of prime-time audience. Every athlete work hard for four years and align their lives perfectly with games.
But postponement of Tokyo Olympic has disappointed a lot of athletes. Olympic in 2021 means one year extra training, some extra toll on their body even if they aren’t ready. But it also came as an opportunity for some athletes who were injured or were not in their best form.
Former world number 1 and London Olympic bronze medalist is not in best form since her Indonesian Masters title in 2019. She failed to pass first round hurdle in majority of tournaments. For the first time in 10 year she is out of top sixteen raking in world, that tell you how much she is struggling with her form.
Here chances for Tokyo Olympic qualification were slim as she was knocked out in first round in almost every tournament. But this postponement of Olympic games is an opportunity for her. She have one year time to work on her fitness and train with experts of her choice.
In order to make best of this time she should not depend on resources from Badminton Association of India (BAI) and instead she should hire personal coaches to keep her Olympic hopes alive and give her fans and opportunity to cheer again
Narsingh Pancham Yadav
Almost everyone remember his name now but not for best of reasons. The Narsingh-Sushil saga robbed a probable Olympic medal from India. He was banned for four year by WADA for alleged doping. He denied of using any prohibited substance and accused his competitors of conspiracy against him.
After four years of his ban we still don’t know what exactly happened in 2016. But good news is that his ban will be lifted in July 2020 and he will be eligible to compete again. Postponement of Tokyo Olympic games is a perfect opportunity to show his class again.
He is ready to compete in 74kg category, which has become a group of death now. He will be against Sushil Kumar again on the mat and will be looking forward to make the most of this opportunity.
India’s most decorated wrestler, won a silver in London and Bronze in Beijing Olympic games, is an idol for many wrestlers. Sushil hasn’t been at his best and struggling with injuries in recent past. He had an opportunity to qualify for Tokyo Olympic at Wrestling championship in September 2019. But he bowed out in first round and since then his Olympic Gold dream is on hold.
Age is not in his favor as he is turning 37 in May 2020. In world championship 2019, he showed some glimpse of what he used to be by taking two four pointers before losing. But he is training tirelessly with his Russian coach Kamal Malikov, who is also an Olympic medalist.
Shusil could not take part in selection trials in January because of injury and that gave Jitender and opportunity. But now Olympic are postponed, all wrestlers are on same page. They have to work hard on their fitness and trials will be held again. Sushil has only one goal in his mind – “Olympic Gold”.
In 2018 Aisan Games Indian athletics team gave an stupendous performance finishing with 20 medal which include 8 Gold. But since then its a steep decline as most of athletes are either injured or not peaking at the right time.
Arpinder’s personal best is 17.17m which he achieved during Lucknow inter-state Nationals in 2014. But since then he has crossed 17m mark only once that was in 2018 Guwahati inter-state Nationals which came after his 16.77m Gold medal winning jump at Jakarta Asian Games.
He has now some extra time to work on his technique as he has teamed up with his coach PB Jaikumar under whom he won Gold in Asian Games. Earlier he was working with Anthony Yaich but results were not promising.
Tokyo Olympic qualifying mark is 17.15m which is less than his personal best. After a troubled season last year, Arpinder is aided by postponed by Tokyo Olympics as he have an extra year to prepare.
Hima showed consistency in the 2018 season and created history by becoming the first Indian runner to win at the IAAF U20 Championships. She also won Silver at Asian games with her personal best 50.79 seconds in 400m event. She won 1 Gold and 2 Silver at the Jakarta Asian games.
But since then her performance has declined. She won multiple medals in Europe in 2019 but timings were average and far from her personal best. She had back issues in most of 2019 season and she couldn’t participate in 2019 Athletics Championship. Then in February she made shift to 200m as Olympic games were too close and she lost most of her training time due to fever and injuries.
But now Olympic Games are postponed and she has recovered from injury, this is a golden opportunity for Hima Das. She has a mountain to climb as qualifying mark for Olympics is 22.80 seconds and her personal best is 23.10 seconds. But in 400m her personal best is 50.79 seconds while qualifying mark is 51.35 seconds.
After losing her time because of injuries she needed time to prepare for Tokyo Olympics and now she have an extra year. Now Hima have both options available, she can return to her favorite event- 400m or she can continue in 200m.
As of now whole country is under lockdown and athletes can’t use all those facilities like gym and training centers. Also World Athletics has suspended qualification time till 1st December which is a blow. All these athletes have an uphill task given the conditions and they have to make best of it by themselves.