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Indian Athletes You Should Know at Tokyo Olympics 2020

To begin with, have you heard the recently launched official Team India cheer song? The #Cheer4India song is dedicated to Athletes representing India in Tokyo Olympics and is composed by none other than the legendary A R Rahman.

Meanwhile, the 32nd edition of the Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympics 2020 is slated to be carried from 23rd July 2021 to 8th August in Tokyo. And this time, around 130 solid athletes will be representing India across 18 sporting categories.

For this reason, The Govt. of India and other celebrities have been extending their wholehearted support to the Indian contingent. Likewise, we, The Running Monk team thought of dedicating a post wishing Team India the best for this mega sports event.

Secondly, we will also be covering a brief about the Olympic history and the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in this blog just to take you through the journey of this Grand Festival of Sports.

The Olympics

tokyo olympicsIn particular, the modern-day Olympic Games or Olympics are the most celebrated international sporting events (including summer and winter sports events) during which thousands of athletes from across the world participate in a range of competitions.

In fact, the Olympic Games are deemed to be the world’s leading sports competition with over 200 nations participating. Generally organized every four years, Olympic Games are varying between the Summer and Winter Olympics every two years in the four years.

To begin with, the Summer Olympic Games, also famous as the Games of the Olympiad, is a grand international multi-sport event normally conducted once every four years. First Summer Olympic Games were held in  1896 in Athens, Greece.

Subsequently, the Winter Olympic Games is a major international multi-sport event organized once every four years for games performed on snow and ice. First Winter Olympic Games, the 1924 Winter Olympics, were held in Chamonix, France.

Furthermore, the concept of the Olympics was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, held in Olympia, Greece from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Eventually, Baron de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC*) in 1894, guiding to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896.

*Historically, the IOC has been the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter outlining its structure and authority.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Eventually, after a long wait, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is finally here. Scheduled to happen between 23rd July 2021 to 8th August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, the International multi-sport event, brings a lot of excitement among its fans.

The event will be conducted mostly behind locked doors with no audience permitted under the state of emergency.

Although, the event was initially supposed to take place from 24th July 2020 to 9th August 2020, last year, but the same got postponed in March 2020 as a cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of being rescheduled for 2021, the event keeps the Tokyo Olympics 2020 name for branding and marketing reasons.

The Schedule – Tokyo Olympics 2020

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List of Athletes representing India at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Source: Olympics.com

As a matter of fact, the number of Indian athletes participating in the Summer Olympic Games has seen a rise in each of its past three editions. And there is a big hope that these finest athletes will continue that trend for India at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

As a result, a total of 127 athletes (Includes two relays and two hockey teams), across 18 sporting categories will be part of India’s Olympic contingent for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

To illustrate, below are the names of all Indians qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, sorted by their sport, discipline and category:

Archery

  1. Tarundeep Rai – Men’s Recurve
  2. Atanu Das – Men’s Recurve
  3. Pravin Jadhav – Men’s Recurve
  4. Deepika Kumari – Women’s Recurve

The men’s trio will also compete as a team at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Athletics

  1. KT Irfan – Men’s 20km race walking
  2. Sandeep Kumar – Men’s 20km race walking
  3. Rahul Rohilla – Men’s 20km race walking
  4. Gurpreet Singh – Men’s 50km race walking
  5. Bhawna Jat – Women’s 20km race walking
  6. Priyanka Goswami – Women’s 20km race walking
  7. Avinash Sable – Men’s 3000m steeplechase
  8. Murali Sreeshankar – Men’s long jump
  9. MP Jabir – Men’s 400m hurdles
  10. Neeraj Chopra – Men’s javelin throw
  11. Shivpal Singh – Men’s javelin throw
  12. Annu Rani – Women’s javelin throw
  13. Tajinderpal Singh Toor – Men’s shot put
  14. Dutee Chand – Women’s 100m and 200m
  15. Kamalpreet Kaur – Women’s discus throw
  16. Seema Punia – Women’s discus throw
  17. 4×400 Mixed Relay
  18. Men’s 4x400m Relay

Badminton

  1. PV Sindhu – Women’s singles
  2. B Sai Praneeth – Men’s singles
  3. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty – Men’s doubles

Boxing

  1. Vikas Krishan – Men’s, 69kg
  2. Lovlina Borgohain – Women’s, 69kg
  3. Ashish Kumar – Men’s, 75kg
  4. Pooja Rani – Women’s, 75kg
  5. Satish Kumar – Men’s, 91kg
  6. Mary Kom – Women’s, 51kg
  7. Amit Panghal – Men’s, 52kg
  8. Manish Kaushik – Men’s, 63kg
  9. Simranjit Kaur – Women’s, 60kg

Equestrian

Fouaad Mirza – Men’s Individual eventing

In fact, Fouaad Mirza is the first Indian equestrian to qualify for the Games in 20 years.

Fencing

Bhavani Devi – Women’s Sabre

In fact, Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics

Golf

  1. Anirban Lahiri
  2. Udayan Mane
  3. Aditi Ashok

Gymnastics

Pranati Nayak – Women’s artistic

Hockey

  1. Men’s National Team (Led by Manpreet Singh)
  2. Women’s National Team (Led by Rani Rampal)

Judo

Sushila Devi Likmabam 

Rowing

  1. Arjun Jat
  2. Arvind Singh 

Sailing

  1. Nethra Kumanan –  Women’s Laser Radial (First Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Olympics)
  2. Vishnu Saravanan –  Men’s Laser Standard
  3. KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar – Men’s Skiff 49er

Shooting

  1. Anjum Moudgil – 10m Women’s Air Rifle
  2. Apurvi Chandela – 10m Women’s Air Rifle
  3. Divyansh Singh Panwar – 10m Men’s Air Rifle
  4. Deepak Kumar – 10m Men’s Air Rifle
  5. Tejaswini Sawant – 50m Women’s Rifle 3 Position
  6. Sanjeev Rajput – 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position
  7. Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar – 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position
  8. Manu Bhaker – 10m Women’s Air Pistol
  9. Yashaswini Singh Deswal – 10m Women’s Air Pistol
  10. Saurabh Chaudhary – 10m Men’s Air Pistol
  11. Abhishek Verma – 10m Men’s Air Pistol
  12. Rahi Sarnobat – 25m Women’s Pistol
  13. Chinki Yadav – 25m Women’s Pistol (replaced by Elavenil Valarivan)
  14. Angad Veer Singh Bajwa – Men’s Skeet
  15. Mairaj Ahmad Khan – Men’s Skeet

Swimming

  1. Sajan Prakash – Men’s 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly
  2. Srihari Nataraj – Men’s 100m backstroke
  3. Maana Patel – Women’s 100m backstroke

Table Tennis

  1. Achanta Sharath Kamal – Men’s Singles
  2. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran – Men’s Singles
  3. Sutirtha Mukherjee – Women’s Singles
  4. Manika Batra – Women’s Singles
  5. Achanta Sharath Kamal & Manika Batra – Mixed doubles

Tennis

  1. Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina – Women’s Doubles
  2. Sumit Nagal – Men’s Singles

Weightlifting

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu – Women’s 48kg

Wrestling

  1. Seema Bisla – Women’s Freestyle, 50kg
  2. Vinesh Phogat – Women’s Freestyle 53kg
  3. Anshu Malik – Women’s Freestyle 57kg
  4. Sonam Malik – Women’s Freestyle 62kg
  5. Ravi Kumar Dahiya – Men’s Freestyle 57kg
  6. Bajrang Punia – Men’s Freestyle 65kg
  7. Deepak Punia – Men’s Freestyle 86 kg

Conclusion

Firstly, being a runner myself, I know how much effort and training goes before running a marathon, even after running for so many years. And here, we are talking about athletes who train for around 6-8 hours a day and competing at a world class event like Tokyo Olympics.

Representing your country is not an easy position; especially when you carry the emotions of more than 1 billion people on your shoulder.

As a result, in the next 15 days, we will witness a series of sentiments being expressed. From rising high on hope to down with frustration and sadness.

To conclude, let us all unite and cheer for Team India to show that we are behind them, irrespective of the Olympic outcome.

By the way, while we are working on publishing this blog, India has already opened its medal account in Tokyo Olympics.

Proud Moment: Mirabhai Chanu bags first medal for India – Silver in weightlifting, 49kg category. She became only the second weightlifter from the country after Karnam Malleswari (Bronze at 2000 Olympics)  to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Thank You

Firstly, Thank You for reading it through. The sheer intention of this post is to extend our moral support to Team India and create awareness amongst the countrymen about the Tokyo Olympics and India participation.

As we have mentioned in our last blog, journey of India from being known as a Cricketing Nation to be popular as a Sports Nation is not easy and even demands our commitment for the same.

And finally, let us all come together and support the Olympic Journey of Team India by watching the Tokyo Olympics event, cheering them on social networks and supporting them in whatever way possible.

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Again, see you next with another post. Until then…

#Cheer4India

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  1. Suchismita Padhi

    Very well presented. Common India, Chakde!
    #Cheer4India

    1. therunningmonk

      Thanks Suchi.

      Chak De India.

      Keep inspiring!!!

  2. Naresh Kumar G

    Very nicely drafted and informative too….

    1. therunningmonk

      Thanks Naresh. Yes, lets cheer for our Olympic stars.

      Keep inspiring!!!

  3. Pradeep Doiphode

    Excellent Description Sir.

    1. therunningmonk

      Thanks Pradeep.

      Keep inspiring!!!

  4. Ravi

    Nice narration loved it

    Thanks

    1. therunningmonk

      Thanks Ravi.

      Keep inspiring!!!