On Monday, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced a contingent of 472 athletes who will travel to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. This is the second-largest Australian team for the overseas Olympics.
Australia is one of the top sides when it comes to the Olympics. A team of 472 athletes is the second largest team after the 2004 Athens Olympics which had 482 athletes. The 472 athletes include 254 women and 218 men who will try to win medals for Team Australia at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Australian team will participate in all 33 sports events. This also includes the 4 new sports – skateboarding, karate, sport climbing and surfing which have been included this year.
Ian Chesterman Announces the Australian Olympic Squad
On Monday, the vice president of the Australian Olympics committee and Chef de mission of the Australian team Ian Chesterman said,
This has been extremely difficult for every athlete and each has their own individual story to tell. But they have made it. Through their determination and commitment, they are going to Tokyo. The AOC has talked about not setting medal targets and placing unhelpful expectations on these athletes. Given the events of the past 18 months, this has been the correct path. Getting to the start line has been so difficult.
The team of 472 athletes also includes the 66-year-old Mary Hanna who will participate in Equestrian (Dressage). Equestrian Andrew Hoy, will also compete in his 8th Olympics.
Ashley Barty, the tennis top-ranked star, will lead the Australian team in Tokyo. With 63 athletes, Australia’s biggest team will be the athletics team.
Even though the vice president has been kind enough to say that no medal targets have been set, Australia is one side that has the potential to win a lot of medals at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to open on 23rd July 2021.