One year to go, India gears up for Tokyo 2020

By Saurabh Shankar ·

The countdown has officially begun for the 2020 Olympic Games. It’s exactly one year to go before the world’s finest athletes from over 200 countries descend on Tokyo for the biggest sporting celebration on the planet. Amongst the participants would be many athletes from India, who will be looking to make their nation proud at Tokyo 2020.

Who has already qualified for Tokyo 2020?

So far, 11 athletes from India have qualified for the Games with several more expected to join the group when qualification for athletics, badminton, and wrestling will be completed. The current Indian contingent includes several prominent performers like shooters and Commonwealth Games winners Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary.

PV Sindhu's silver success at Rio 2016

Eyes on Sindhu again

In the previous Olympic Games held in Rio, India’s PV Sindhu captured hearts en route to a silver medal in the Women’s Badminton Singles event while Sakshi Malik bagged a bronze in the 58kg Women’s Wrestling category. Rio 2016 also had the largest Indian contingent ever at an Olympics, with 117 athletes representing the nation across 15 sports.

Four years later, India is gearing up for another Olympic edition with several new athletes coming to the forefront with splendid performances in various multi-nation tournaments. Additionally, the country’s sports ministry will be holding special training camps for the athletes heading to Tokyo next year and will focus on their diet and nutrition.

Ones to watch

India will be targeting good performances in sports like athletics, badminton, hockey, shooting, weightlifting, and wrestling. With respect to badminton, the country can boast of some top-quality talent like Srikanth Kidambi, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu - all of whom are expected to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The shooting contingent also looks promising with former Youth Olympics gold winners Bhaker and Chaudhary qualifying for Tokyo 2020, alongside more experienced shooters like Rahi Sarnobat and Abhishek Verma.

In athletics, India has some brilliant young sprinters in Hima Das and Dutee Chand, both of whom won several races in European competitions in July this year. Weightlifting and wrestling are also likely to be events in which India could do well with the likes of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Vinesh Phogat respectively.

Fans of India’s Olympians have much to look forward to with the next Olympic Games. The athletes will now move into top gear with their training and other regimes to ensure they qualify or stay on course for the world’s greatest show of sporting talent - the Olympics!

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