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What to expect from India at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2021

We are just a few months away from the Tokyo Olympics 2021. 115 Indian athletes will also compete for the Olympics’ most prestigious prize – the Olympic medal. A total of 18 sports will be held in India in Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 will feature a 228-strong Indian contingent, including 119 athletes. Participants include 119 males and 52 females. India will have the largest contingent of athletes at the Olympics ever.

During the Tokyo Olympics 2021, experts expect India to reap a bumper harvest for the first time in history. There are now double-digit medals. In April, Olympic analysts Gracenote predicted that if the Tokyo Olympics 2021 were held in that month, India would have won 17 medals, including four golds, equaling its combined tally from the past 12 Games. As of today, India’s highest Olympic medal total is six. In 2012, London won this prize.

Shooter Saurabh Chaudhury has a chance to win gold

Saurabh Chaudhury can win a gold medal in shooting at the Tokyo Olympics. He first appeared on the scene during the 2018 Asian Games when he won the 10m Air Pistol gold medal. The teenager hasn’t looked back since winning the world cup gold on home soil in 2019 and securing a quota for the Olympics. Chaudhary has already excelled at five ISSF World Cups. In addition, he won a silver medal at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships in Qatar. She has multiple podium finishes as a pistol shooter. She is currently ranked to the second spot in both a Tokyo 2020 ranking and a Tokyo 2021 ranking. The world has seen her mettle time and again. India will surely have a medal contender at the Tokyo Olympics in this girl.

The four Indian paddlers will be in action at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Sutirtha Mukherjee, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal, and Manika Batra will represent India at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Mixed doubles pair Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra look very likely to earn a podium finish at the Olympics, even if a singles medal is next to impossible. This is mainly due to the fact that there will be only 16 mixed doubles teams competing in Tokyo. It is indeed possible that India’s first Olympic medal in table tennis could well come about if luck plays its part in the first couple of rounds.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Mirabai Chanu will be the only Indian representative

Mirabai Chanu, at 26 years of age, will be the only Indian representative in the sport at the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian’s total point total in the Women’s 49kg division is expected to be 4,13,36,172, so she is expected to be ranked second in Tokyo. In the Olympic field, China will be represented by Hou Zhihui, who has 4,92,64,422 points. Chanu and the lifter representing China in the 49kg category are likely to compete in a two-way race following North Korea’s withdrawal. Chanu is likely to take home a silver medal at Tokyo. The goal is to win the top spot over China, the traditional powerhouse.

What do the athletes have to say?

On Saturday (July 17), Indian athletes left for Tokyo from India looking a bit overwhelmed. In Delhi airport, the level of responsibility they are carrying was evident.

Despite Covid-19’s grip on the world, the players’ rousing reception at the Delhi airport must have sent a few punches back at the virus. In addition to that, expectations were also mentioned. This year’s contingent of 126 athletes, the largest ever, has multiplied hopes not by its size, but by the quality of athletes, age, world rankings and current form.

Abhinav Bindra

Former shooter Abhinav Bindra, the only individual gold medalist in India’s history, says, “Never before have we started as favorites in an Olympics.” There is every reason for India to do well at Rio 2016, boosting its record of six medals it won in London 2012.

We should, however, not overburden the athletes to the point where it affects their performance. But there have been a lot of claims about “double-digit medal counts” in the run-up to the Olympics. It seems unfair, doesn’t it?

Gagan Narang

Gagan Narang thinks 2012 will have some magical moments if you allow the wings to fly. Former India hockey captain and Olympic Gold Quest boss Viren Rasquinha feels “it’s always better to under-commit and over-deliver.”

Vijendra Singh

Nine boxers will be attending the Olympics this year, the largest contingent ever (at the Games). It’s for this reason that they have bright chances of winning medals. Mary Kom, with her considerable experience, is one of the candidates. This time, I hope she will repeat the feat.

“Woh kehte hain na ‘yeh dil maange more’. Believing in big things is always a good thing. Therefore, I do not think that our expectations are high. The only way to achieve big numbers is to expect big numbers. Always think big, never think small.”

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