Indian Archery ace, Deepika Kumari, will be the first one to represent the country in the newly scheduled Olympic Games. The Games which will commence from July 23rd, 2021 will get wrapped up on 8th August 2021.
The re-scheduled games were confirmed by the Organizing Committee in July. The participants from India has seen a rise in each of the past three editions of the game, and that upward trajectory is believed to continue in Tokyo next year.
India won just two medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics, coming in the shape of a silver, which was won by PV Sindhu in Badminton and Sakshi Malik who won a bronze in Women’s freestyle in 58 kg category. Whereas, in the 2012 Olympics, India won a total of six Olympic medals in the form of two silvers and four bronzes.
The India contingent will be hoping to get that number in double figures, given, a lot more athletes have qualified for this edition’s games.
This Olympic games pose a new challenge to the sportspersons. They not only have to focus on their form on the court but also on their spirits and mental side, considering, we are living in unprecedented times.
Neeraj Chopra, a javelin thrower, who has won a gold in Asian as well as Commonwealth games and is also a holder of World record in the Junior category says,” I knew the Olympics would get postponed because the situation in India had deteriorated at an unprecedented rate.” He continued by saying that he is also focussing on other stuff such as playing games and spending time with family.
Neeraj Chopra is not alone in that group. A lot of athletes learned different things while undergoing their training.
Every Indian has high hopes for the athletes who are participating in the Olympics. There is no bigger stage to perform. The world gets to have a glance at the elite contestants. The sportspersons know that billions of eyes will be fixated on them looking at their every move, ready to praise or criticize. The pressure is huge but the feeling of a victory makes everything worth it.