Tokyo Olympics: WATCH – Sachin Tendulkar extends best wishes to India’s Olympic-bound contingent

Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh have been named India's flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

India will be sending a contingent of around 126 athletes and 75 officials for the Tokyo Olympics. Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has come forward to wish the athletes best for the Summer Games. The contingent will feature 56 percent male and 44 percent female athletes. The Indian team will compete in 78 quota places and the athletes will compete in about 85 medal positions.

Ace pugilist Mary Kom and men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh have been named India’s flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.  India’s biggest medal hope, wrestler Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has communicated the decision in this regard to the Organising Committee of the Games on Monday.

Sachin Tendulkar wishes Indian athletes best for Tokyo Olympics

Medal Prospects for India at Tokyo Olympics - Indian Shooting Team
Medal Prospects for Indian Shooting Team

Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to extend his best wishes to the Olympic-bound athletes. He shares how proud he feels every time the tricolor rises in a medal ceremony as he urged the nation to stand in union with the athletes. He went on to highlight the hard work that the athletes have put in over the years to prepare for the quadrennial event.

During pandemic, all of us have faced challenges, including our athletes. They did not give up, they kept their preparations going and I know that they are getting geared up to put in their best performance in Tokyo Olympics. A millisecond can be the difference between winning and losing and for this our athletes have worked for years. At this time, they need our support and good wishes. Let’s cheer for India,” Sachin Tendulkar said. 

The Indian contingent heads to Tokyo eyeing a historic medal bounty. And our athletes are more than capable of fulfilling the dream. With Indian athletes favorites in numerous events, the 32nd Summer Games is all set to go down in history as the country’s best outing in the history of the event.

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