Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian Players Who Can Bring The Medal Home
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is soon approaching and we are sure that, like us, even you are excited to see our country set new records! The Tokyo Olympics 2020 dates are July 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021. The Indian contingent at this year’s Olympic Games is a promising blend of young and experienced sportspersons. It only drives high hopes from our Indian players to bring the medal home at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
So far, India has won 28 medals in the 24 Olympic Games since 1900. Of these, 9 were gold, 7 silver and 12 were bronze. While all the players who have grabbed a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics are brilliant, some have given the whole country high expectations.
Below mentioned are some of the players participating in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 who are expected to bag a medal for India-
PV Sindhu - Badminton
At the age of 21, PV Sindhu bagged her first Olympic medal, a silver, in Rio 2016 and became a worldwide sensation. Since then, the ace badminton player has worked hard and earned an unmissable place in the world of sports. PV Sindhu ensured that she became a household name as she went and grabbed some great wins. Nothing less is expected from her in the 2020 Summer Olympics. She has honed her skills over the years to become the best version of herself. PV Sindhu is consistently among the top five players in the world. She has won two Super Series titles, including a BWF (Badminton World Federation) in December 2018. We can’t wait to see her perform at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Mary Kom - Boxing
The very famous boxer from India, Mary Kom, is hoping to grab a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. She shot to fame by becoming the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games and made the nation proud by bagging a bronze medal in London. Unable to qualify for the 2016 Games, Mary Kom added to her trophy cabinet over the years by winning all there is to win in amateur boxing. She became the first boxer to win eight medals at the AIBA World Championships and wrote her name in gold in the history of boxing. The biggest hurdle that Mary Kom faces in Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been shifting her weight category to 51 kg as her preferred 49 kg weight category isn’t in the Olympics. Whatever the weight category, we are sure that she won’t go down without a fight to bring the medal home.
Indian Men’s Hockey Team - Hockey
For a brief period of time, it felt like the national sport of India was fading away. But the last few years have been like a breath of fresh air and have given a ray of hope to the Indian hockey fans. The Indian Men’s Hockey team made it to the quarterfinals of Rio 2016 after a long gap of 36 years. We hope that the team makes it to the finals of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Some of the players from the Indian Men's Hockey team to look out for in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 are R Sreejesh, Birendra Lakra, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh.
Vinesh Phogat - Wrestling
Vinesh Phogat’s Rio Olympics 2016 campaign ended with an injury in the quarterfinals. However, the champion wrestler has been prepping hard to clinch a gold at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 since then. The year 2018 was a fruitful year for Vinesh Phogat. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games under the 50 kg category. Soon, Vinesh Phogat shifted to the 53 kg category and while people thought that she will take time to adjust, the Haryana-born wrestler has been blazing like a storm. She started the year 2019 with a bang as she bagged a bronze at the Asian Wrestling Championships, followed by gold medals at the Yasar Dogu International and Poland Open. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after winning a bronze medal at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.
Neeraj Chopra - Javelin Throw
After cementing his place at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Neeraj Chopra will surely be in his best form to bag a gold in the competition. The 23-year-old became a sensation after winning gold at the South Asian Games and IAAF World U20 Championships, the latter making him India’s first world champion. Neeraj Chopra’s success streak continued by bagging gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. In his throw, we trust and are sure that he will grab a medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Manu Bhaker - Shooting
The young trailblazer, Manu Bhaker, became an international fame in 2017 by winning the Asian Junior Championships. She made her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance in 2018 and won the gold medal in the women's 10 m air pistol event. Later in the year, Manu Bhaker represented India at the 2018 ISSF World Cup and won two gold medals. She also became the first shooter from India and the first female athlete from India to grab a Gold medal at the Youth Olympics Games in the same year. The Haryana-born Manu Bhaker became a strong contender for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning the gold medal in the 10m air pistol mixed event with Saurabh Chaudhary in all the four Pistol & Rifle ISSF World Cups in 2019. Looking at her track record, it is certain that Manu Bhaker will leave no stone unturned to win a gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.