Tokyo Olympics: Finally, Tokyo Olympics will start from tomorrow onwards i.e. July 23rd which was delayed for almost twelve months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
India will be sending a strong contingent of 228 members which includes athletes, coaches, officials, and support staff members this time who will participate in 18 different sporting events at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Indians across the globe will be excited to see how many medals India will win this year.
There will be 127 Indian athletes who will be participating in Tokyo Olympics 2020. 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and Madison cycling are the three new sporting events that have been introduced this year. Even though the Olympics have been rescheduled to 2021 the event is still called Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 – Opening Ceremony
Approximately 11,000 athletes representing 206 countries will participate in 33 sports in Tokyo Olympics 2020. There is no clarity yet over the number of VIPs who can attend the opening ceremony as the risk of Covid-19 is still there. Katsunobu Kato, Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government, said,” The decision to limit the number of attendees during the opening ceremony at the National Stadium was taken in view of the organizers’ efforts to control the raging COVID-19 pandemic”.
It is anticipated that many world leaders like US first lady Jill Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene, and other dignitaries who have earlier promised to mark their presence in the opening ceremony will be there tomorrow. The opening ceremony will start at 8 PM Local time.
List of Indian Athletes Participating in Tokyo Olympics 2020
Below four Indian sailors have already reached Tokyo post completion of their training in Europe.
- Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class)
- KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class)
Please find below the list of Indian athletes and their respective coaches who are qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo:
Three men’s teams will also compete as a team at Tokyo 2020.
- Tarundeep Rai – Men’s Recurve
- Atanu Das – Men’s Recurve
- Pravin Jadhav – Men’s Recurve
- Deepika Kumari – Women’s Recurve
Coach: Mim Bahdur Gurung
- KT Irfan, Men’s 20km race walking
- Sandeep Kumar, Men’s 20km race walking
- Rahul Rohilla, Men’s 20km race walking
- Bhawna Jat, Women’s 20km race walking
- Priyanka Goswami, Women’s 20km race walking
- Avinash Sable, Men’s 3000m steeplechase
- Murali Sreeshankar, Men’s long jump
- MP Jabir, Men’s 400m hurdles
- Neeraj Chopra, Men’s javelin throw
- Shivpal Singh, Men’s javelin throw
- Annu Rani, Women’s javelin throw
- Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Men’s shot put
- Dutee Chand, Women’s 100m and 200m
- Kamalpreet Kaur, Women’s discus throw
- Seema Punia, Women’s discus throw
Coaches: P Radhakrishnan Nair, Galina Bukharina, Dr Klaus, Mohinder Singh, Uwe Hohn, Rajmohan K, Amrish Kumar, Alexander Artsybashev, S Murali, N Ramesh, Alexander Sinitsyn, Rakhi Tyagi, and Gurmeet Singh.
- PV Sindhu – Women’s singles
- B Sai Praneeth – Men’s singles
- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy – Men’s doubles
- Chirag Shetty – Men’s doubles
Coaches: Tae Seng Park, Mathias Boe
- Vikas Krishan – Men’s, 69kg
- Lovlina Borgohain – Women’s, 69kg
- Ashish Kumar – Men’s, 75kg
- Pooja Rani – Women’s, 75kg
- Satish Kumar – Men’s, 91kg
- Mary Kom – Women’s, 51kg
- Amit Panghal – Men’s, 52kg
- Manish Kaushik – Men’s, 63kg
- Simranjit Kaur – Women’s, 60kg
Coach: Santiago Nieva, Raffaele Bergamasco, CA Kuttappa, Mohammad Ali Qamar, Chhote Lal
Fouaad Mirza – In the last 20 years, he is the first Indian equestrian to make it to the Olympics.
Bhavani Devi – She is the first fencer from India who will participate in the Fencing sport at Olympics.
- Anirban Lahiri
- Udayan Mane
- Aditi Ashok
Pranati Nayak – She is the second woman gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympics. She is also the sole Indian gymnast to be competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
Coach: Lakhan Sharma
Men’s National Team
- Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Birendra Lakra – Defenders
- Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit – Midfielders:
- Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh – Forwards
Goalkeepers: P. R. Sreejesh
Women’s National Team
- Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, Udita – Defenders
- Nisha, Neha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Nanjot Kaur, Salima Tete – Midfielders
- Rani, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Sharmila, Devi – Forwards
Sushila Devi Likmabam – She is the sole Judo athlete from India going to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Arjun Jat
- Arvind Singh
India will compete in more than one sailing event for the first time in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
- Nethra Kumanan, Laser Radial
- Vishnu Saravanan, Laser Standard
- KC Ganapathy, 49er
- Varun Thakkar, 49er
This is the largest Shooting contingent representing India in Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
- Anjum Moudgil, 10m Women’s Air Rifle
- Apurvi Chandela, 10m Women’s Air Rifle
- Divyansh Singh Panwar, 10m Men’s Air Rifle
- Deepak Kumar, 10m Men’s Air Rifle
- Tejaswini Sawant, 50m Women’s Rifle 3 Position
- Sanjeev Rajput, 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position
- Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position
- Manu Bhaker, 10m Women’s Air Pistol
- Yashaswini Singh Deswal, 10m Women’s Air Pistol
- Saurabh Chaudhary, 10m Men’s Air Pistol
- Abhishek Verma, 10m Men’s Air Pistol
- Rahi Sarnobat, 25m Women’s Pistol
- Chinki Yadav, 25m Women’s Pistol
- Angad Veer Singh Bajwa, Men’s Skeet
- Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Men’s Skeet
- Sajan Prakash
- Srihari Nataraj
- Maana Patel
- Sharath Kamal
- Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
- Sutirtha Mukherjee
- Manika Batra
Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will be part of mixed doubles competing together at the Olympics post securing their place at the Asian qualifiers.
- Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina, Women’s Doubles
- Sumit Nagal, Men’s singles
As few players withdrew their names, Sumit Nagal was nominated to the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Sania Mirza got qualified for Tokyo 2020 because of her protected ranking.
Mirabai Chanu – She is the only athlete representing India in weightlifting at Tokyo 2020. She is a former world champion and is currently ranked second in the world. She will participate in women’s 49kg weight division.
- Seema Bisla (Women’s Freestyle – 50kg)
- Vinesh Phogat (Women’s Freestyle – 53kg)
- Anshu Malik, (Women’s Freestyle – 57kg)
- Sonam Malik (Women’s Freestyle – 62kg)
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya (Men’s Freestyle – 57kg)
- Bajrang Punia (Men’s Freestyle – 65kg)
- Deepak Punia (Men’s Freestyle – 86 kg)
Tokyo Olympics 2020 – How to watch it Live in India?
Live broadcasting of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will be available on Sony TEN 1 HD/SD, Sony TEN 2 HD/SD with English Commentary. For Hindi commentary, you can tune into Sony TEN 3 HD/SD channel. Tokyo Olympics live broadcast rights were won by Sony Sports Network.
Doordarshan will also telecast live Tokyo Olympics 2021 both on its terrestrial network and Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform.
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