Olympic Games: A list of sports in which India have qualified
Every edition of the Olympic Games sees increased expectation, excitement and participation by India.
Tokyo 2020 looks set to continue that trend spiraling upwards.
Here is a list of sports that India have already confirmed that they will compete in at Tokyo 2020:
India will have four individual archery representatives at Tokyo 2020. Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav will compete in the men’s event while Deepika Kumari will be the sole representative among the women.
There is a fifth medal in contention as the men will also be participating as a team.
India got its latest entrant for Tokyo 2020 when Neeraj Chopra qualified in the men’s javelin throw event.
Apart from the 22-year-old, athletics will see two more names from India - KT Irfan, who will be seen in the 20km individual racewalking and Avinash Sable, who has qualified for the 3000m individual steeplechase.
The Indian hockey men’s and women’s teams have both qualified for Tokyo 2020, the second-consecutive Olympic Games for the latter. The men’s team dominated Russia to secure their place while the women pulled off a thrilling win over the United States to confirm their tickets.
As is the case with archery, India will see at least four wrestlers at Tokyo 2020. While Vinesh Phogat is expected to grapple in the women’s 53kg category after having won the quota place at the 2019 World Championships, Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia are likely to take the mat in the 65kg, 57kg and 86kg respectively.
Fresh in the Olympic Games list of sports for the nation, equestrian will witness an Indian participant for the first time in 20 years with Fouaad Mirza qualifying for the individual event category.
India’s shooters comprise the country’s largest contingent at Tokyo 2020, with as many as 15 contending for various individual honours.
World nos.3 and 4, Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil have won the quota places in the women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting while second-ranked Divyansh Singh Panwar and world no.11, Deepak Kumar have bagged a quota place in the men’s 10m Air Rifle.
Tejaswini Sawant is expected to line up in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 position with world no.7, Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar the prospective representatives in the men's category.
Manu Bhaker, the 18-year-old ranked number three in the world, along with Yashaswini Singh Deswal are likely to be shooting in the women’s 10m Air Pistol. Second and fourth-ranked Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary could hit the shooting range in Tokyo in the men’s 10m Air Pistol.
The individual 25m pistol category will see Rahi Sarnobat and Chinki Yadav securing the quota places. Meanwhile, the skeet event will see only the men - Angad Veer Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan have won the quota places.
While the Olympic Games list of sports have the above disciplines and athletes confirm their spots for India at Tokyo 2020, there are a few other sports in which some renowned Indian names are yet to qualify but can still punch their tickets in the coming months.
2012 Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom, should be able to seal her place in the women’s 51kg category in what is most probably her final appearance at the Olympic Games.
The most likely pugilist to qualify among the men will be Amit Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold in 2018 and claimed silver in the World Boxing Championships in the 52kg category last year.
A sport in which India has made rapid progress and has risen to a world-class level in recent times, Indian badminton should be represented by the 2016 Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu and 2012 Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal.
Veterans Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza, who will team up for Tokyo 2020, are India’s medals hope in tennis. The duo has had a mixed start to the Olympic year as Rohan Bopanna won the Qatar Open and has reached the quarter-finals of the year’s first Grand Slam.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who broke into the top 25 of the ITTF rankings recently could earn a direct entry into the marquee event while the likes of veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai will have to go through the qualifying grind to seal the remaining spot in the men’s singles.
Fresh from winning a bronze medal at the Hempel World Series, 22-year-old Nethra Kumanan could yet secure a place and hope to sail in her maiden Olympics in the laser radial category in the next couple of months.
The Olympic Games list of sports for Indian participation will be updated as and when athletes qualify for a discipline.