India at Tokyo 2020: Latest Talking Points!

The Tokyo Olympics is barely 2 weeks away now…the excitement towards the biggest sports spectacle is growing every day. Here are the latest happenings around Tokyo 2020!

  1. India announced its flag bearers for the opening & closing ceremony. Boxer Mary Kom and Indian Men’s Hockey team captain Mandeep Singh will be India’s flag bearers at opening ceremony whereas wrestler Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony.

2. Which athletes can still qualify? The qualification period for all Sports is over. However, due to injuries and withdrawals, some Indian athletes can still make it to the games.

Tennis: Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan in Men’s Doubles

Women’s Golf: Diksha Dagar. She is 5th reserve on the list.

Women’s 1500 m: PU Chitra – 2nd reserve, Harmilan (1500 m) – 4th reserve

Women’s 5000 m – 1st reserve

Men’s 400 m – Muhammed Anas – 6th reserve

3. How many events will Indian athletes take part in? There will be a total of 339 events across 33 Sports at Tokyo Olympics. Out of these 33 sports, India will be represented in 18 Sports across 67 events.

4. Fencing for the 1st time: An Indian player has for the 1st time qualified in Fencing for an Olympics. Bhavani Devi will create history when she takes part in Women’s individual Sabre event at Tokyo 2020.

C. A. Bhavani Devi - Wikipedia

5. When will the Indian Contingent reach Tokyo? The first batch of about 90 members will leave for Tokyo on 17th July through a Air India Chartered Flight.

6. There will be no spectators at Tokyo Olympics. Japan has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Hence, no spectators will be allowed in any of the stadiums.

Tokyo Olympic torch relay pulled off streets in Hiroshima - Hindustan Times

7. Athletics Federation of India has asked 3 Tokyo bound athletes to undergo a fitness test on July 21 to confirm participation in games. Bhawana and Irfan, both 20km race walkers, and long jumper Sreeshankar are the 3 athletes who will undergo a fitness test.

That is all from our end this week! See you next week with all the latest updates related to Team India at Tokyo Olympics.

If you are looking for Team India’s schedule at Tokyo Olympics, here it is.

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