Tokyo Olympics 2020: From Deepika Kumari to PV Sindhu, Indian athletes to look forward to
New Delhi: The most awaited Tokyo Olympics 2020 are finally commencing from July 23. The Indian contingent consisting of 120 athletes will compete across 85 events. From wrestling to badminton, the athletes are hopeful of winning medals. Ahead of the the D-day, let's have a look at some of the best participants who are in line to win big at Tokyo Olympics 2030.
World no. 1 archer Deepika Kumari's is a story of grits, guts and gumption. She initially got rejected as an emaciated kid at the age of 12. Her journey started from Arjun Munda's Academy in Kharsawan, a small town surrounded by the idyllic Chandil-Gamharia forest range. Later, she made challenge to prove herself in three months time to India's top medal prospect at Tokyo Olympics, to prominence at the Tata Archery Academy which later became her 'second home'.
In 2006, during summer, when Deepika visited her cousin Deepti Kumari at Lohardaga, about 70kms from her hometown at Ratu in Ranchi during her vacations. Deepika thought to take up archery and follow the footsteps of her cousin to reduce the financial burden of her father, an autorickshaw driver and mother who used to work as a nurse.
After returning to Ranchi, she and her parents, Shivnarayan and Geeta Mahato, visited Meera Munda, wife of then Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda to request her to enroll Deepika at their academy in Kharsawan.
Neeraj Chopra is from Khandra village, Panipat district, Haryana. He is a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar in 2016.
Neeraj has been winning many gold medals for the country making us all proud.
In May 2018, he broke the national record at the Doha Diamond League. He is known for breaking his own records.
Chopra currently is being coached by German bio-mechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz. Previously, he has been coached by Gary Calvert, Werner Daniels and Uwe Hohn.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened his international season of 2021 with an auspicious throw of 83.18 meters that earned him javelin gold medal at an event in Lisbon, Portugal.
Punia is a freestyle wrestler from India who competes in 65 kg weight category. He is the only Indian wrestler to win 3 medals at the World Wrestling Championships.
Punia managed to receive a number of pride medals for India internationally.
Bajrang was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2015, the Padma Shri Award in 2019, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2019 and the Ficci India Sports Award in 2020.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player who over the course of her career, won medals at multiple tournaments including Olympics and on the BWF circuit including a gold at the 2019 World Championships. In April 2017, she is the first Indian to become the Badminton World Champion and the first Indian woman to earn an Olympic silver medal which brought her to a career high World ranking of no. 2.
Rio 2016 women's badminton singles silver medalist PV Sindhu is yet again India's top medal prospect among the four badminton players qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Sindhu was honoured with Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian award in India, in January 2020, the Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in March 2015, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, on 29 August 2016
Bestowed with Arjuna Award for badminton on 24 September 2013
CHANU MIRA BAI
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (born 8 August 1994) is an Indian weightlifter. A regular presence in international events since 2014 in the 48 kg category, Chanu has won the World Championships and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport. She was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards by the Government of India for year 2018.
Chanu had won the silver medal in the women's 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; she went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States.
Amit Panghal (born 16 October 1995) is an Indian amateur boxer. He won silver medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the Flyweight division. Panghal won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.
The 2018 Asian Games gold-medal-winning boxer Amit Panghal will be competing in his first Olympics and the pressure of that may work against him, though
Amit Panghal will compete in the 52kg men's boxing category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Indian pugilist is the top seed in his weight category, and despite being unable to grab the gold medal in the recently concluded Asian Championship, he is still being seen as the top contender to win at the Tokyo Olympics.