Modern Olympics had its origin from Olympia in Greece in the sanctuary of Zeus the greek god. It is a festival of atheletics. According to the inscriptions Olympics has the starting year from 776 BC by a legend Heracles.
Olympics is considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition. This is the most popular games though there were many athletic competitions going through in Greece. Though it lost its glory in the middle years it evolved and became popular again from the 19th century. Olympic games were held in every four years by splitting as summer Olympics and winter Olympics alternating in every two years. Before 1970’s it is restricted with limited number of competitors but today almost all the nations of the world that is more than 200 countries athelets participate in the Olympic games. The Olympic games has also evolved many new sports. The winter Olympics has actually introduced to perform and ice sports and also Paralympics was introduced for athletes with disabilities. This celebrate the excellence of Paralympic sport and also people’s attitude towards disability. This also motivates the athletes and also the general people that disability can’t stop a person to perform. If he/she is self motivated and believes in the hardwork and practice surely they can win.
The Olympic symbols like the five rings representating the continents, the Olympic torch, the medals designed for the winners all have special place of glory.
The upcoming Olympics is hosted by Japan which is officially called as XXXII Olympiad and commonly called as Tokyo 2020 though it is actually postponed to 2021 due to the covid 19 pandemic the world faced. This multisport event with international participants will be taking place from 23rd july to 8th august 2021.
Japan bags a special place as it is selected for the second time for summer Olympics as Japan already hosted the olympics first time in 1964. The 2021 Games will be the second event of the three consecutive Olympic events to be held in East Asia. In 2018 the first Olympics was held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, and the next being the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
3X3 Basketball, Freestyle BMX and Madison Cycling and further more sports has been added this year. The debut sports will include skateboarding, surfing, Karate and sports climbing. These debut sport competition will be introduced by the host organizing committee. Basketball and softball will make a return back into Olympics after 2008.
The Tokyo 2021 Olympics there are approximately a record 33 Sporting Competitions with 339 events that are scheduled to be held across 42 competition venues.
The competition schedule was amended to reflect the new dates following the postponement of the Games and may be subject to change due to the pandemic situations.
The rising number of Indian athletes participating in the Summer Olympic Games has made to turn an eye on Olympics with new enthusiasm. Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh have raised hopes this time as emerging javelin throwers though India is not so strong in atheletics
The 4×400 mixed relay is a new sport in Olympic with an Indian team, which had Asian Games gold-medallist Muhammed Anas, after they finished third at the World Athletics Championships in 2019.
Here is the list of atheletes of Tokyo 2020 from India:
- KT Irfan, Men’s 20km race walking
- Sandeep Kumar, Men’s 20km race walking
- Rahul Rohilla, Men’s 20km race walking
- Avinash Sable, Men’s 3000m steeplechase
- Murali Sreeshankar, Men’s long jump
- Neeraj Chopra, Men’s javelin throw
- Shivpal Singh, Men’s javelin throw
- Kamalpreet Kaur, Women’s discus throw
- Bhawna Jat, Women’s 20km race walking
- Priyanka Goswami, Women’s 20km race walking
- 4×400 Mixed Relay
Nine boxers are qualified through Asia Oceania boxing Olympic qualifiers:
- 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)
Fouaad Mirza is the first Indian equestrian qualified through South East Asia and Oceanic qualifiers in 20 years.
Bhavani Devi created history by becoming the first-ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics. The sabre fencer from Chennai qualified through through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) method at the Budapest Sabre World Cup, an Olympic qualifying event.
In gymnastics Pranati Nayak is selected as the only second Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
- Men’s National Team
- Women’s National Team
Indian men’s hockey team ranks fourth in the world rankings list. This will be 20th Olympic games list to feature the men’s hockey team and 3rd time for women’s team. Each team with 16 members is qualified for the Olympics
Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh were qualified for men’s lightweight double sculls event.
- Nethra Kumanan, Laser Radial
- Vishnu Saravanan, Laser Standard
- KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar
This is the first time India is competing with more than two sailors in a single Olympics. Nethra Kumanan has been selected as the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Olympics at the Mussanah Open Championship 2021 in April.
- 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 (replaced by Elavenil Valarivan)
- Angad Veer Singh Bajwa, Men’s Skeet
- Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Men’s Skeet
Totally 15 participants are selected for shooting. Winning expectations are quite high with the largest number of participants.
Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan are highest-ranked in the 10m Air Rifle men’s and women’s respectively, while Manu Bhaker has had prolific returns. Participation of the athelets were decided by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
- Sharath Kamal
- Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
- Sutirtha Mukherjee
- Manika Batra
MiraBai Chanu is a woman weight lifter ranked second place in the world. She is the only participant from India to Olympics for weight lifting.
- Seema Bisla, Women’s Freestyle, 50kg
- Vinesh Phogt, 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
The Wrestling Association of India has selected the wrestlers participating in the Tokyo 2020 games. Sonam Malik won the quota in 62 kg category in the Rio 2016 olympics.
With the number of participants in the Olympic games India is looking forward for the wins and the participants to return with flying colours and India to top the medal list.