India is a sports-loving nation. A country with a 135 crore population is a major market for any sporting event. India’s performance at the Olympics has not been the best but has been improving with every edition. The number of athletes qualifying for the Olympics is also increasing year by year.
Originally the Tokyo Olympics was scheduled for last year, but due to the pandemic situations, the games were postponed by a year. Now the games are scheduled to kick off on 23rd July 2021.
The qualification process for the Olympics has begun. While some tournaments have gone smoothly some have faced a delay due to the sudden spike of covid cases in host cities.
List of Indian Athletes Qualified For Tokyo Olympics 2021
The Indian contingent at the Olympics is increasing every edition of the Olympics. Not just the number of qualified athletes is increasing but also the number of medal prospects is more.
As of now, more than 70 athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics while many more are waiting for their qualification rounds.
It is reported via many experts that India is on the verge of winning 15-18 medals at the Tokyo Olympics. These predictions are based on the athlete’s rankings and their recent form.
Let’s check out the complete list of Indian athletes qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Wrestling is one of the sports where most Indians are expecting a medal. Sonam and Anshu are the young wrestlers who qualified by winning their bouts at Asian Olympic Qualifiers. Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia are few top wrestlers from India to watch out for.
- Vinesh Phogat, Women’s Freestyle 53kg, Individual
- Anshu Malik, Women’s Freestyle 57kg, Individual
- Sonam Malik, Women’s Freestyle 62kg, Individual
- Bajrang Punia, Men’s Freestyle 65kg, Individual
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Men’s Freestyle 57kg, Individual
- Deepak Punia, Men’s Freestyle 86 kg, Individual.
Table Tennis (4)
Four table tennis players from India qualified for the Olympics at Asian qualifiers in Doha in March. Sathiyan and Sutirtha booked their maiden Olympics spots by topping their respective groups. Whereas, Sharath and Manika qualified due to their high rankings. For Sharath Kamal, this will be his fourth attempt at winning the Olympic medal for India.
- Sharath Kamal
- Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
- Sutirtha Mukherjee
- Manika Batra
The biggest team for India is in the game of shooting. The shooting has many events and thus the Indian team of 15 shooters will be heading to Tokyo to grab the medals.
- Anjum Moudgil, 10m Women’s Air Rifle, Individual
- Apurvi Chandela, 10m Women’s Air Rifle, Individual
- Divyansh Singh Panwar, 10m Men’s Air Rifle, Individual
- Deepak Kumar, 10m Men’s Air Rifle, Individual
- Tejaswini Sawant, 50m Women’s Rifle 3 Position, Individual
- Sanjeev Rajput, 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position, Individual
- Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, 50m Men’s Rifle 3 Position, Individual
- Manu Bhaker, 10m Women’s Air Pistol, Individual
- Yashaswini Singh Deswal, 10m Women’s Air Pistol, Individual
- Saurabh Chaudhary, 10m Men’s Air Pistol, Individual
- Abhishek Verma, 10m Men’s Air Pistol, Individual
- Rahi Sarnobat, 25m Women’s Pistol, Individual
- Chinki Yadav, 25m Women’s Pistol, Individual (replaced by Elavenil Valarivan)
- Angad Veer Singh Bajwa, Men’s Skeet, Individual
- Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Men’s Skeet, Individual
Fouaad Mirza created history by becoming the first Indian Equestrian in the last 20 years to qualify for the Olympics. Fouaad finished first in SouthEast Asia, Oceania group to book his ticket to Tokyo.
- Fouaad Mirza
For the first time ever, Indian sailors will compete in multiple sailing events. Nethra Kumanan became the first Indian women sailor to book an Olympic spot. While Vishnu and KC Ganapathy joined her later.
- Nethra Kumanan, Laser Radial
- Vishnu Saravanan, Laser Standard
- KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar, 49er
The West Bengal girl, Pranati Nayak recently qualified for the Olympics after the 9th Senior Asian Championships scheduled to be held in China got canceled. Pranati will be the only Indian gymnast representing India at Tokyo Olympics.
- Pranati Nayak
A new chapter was scripted in the record books by Bhavani Devi. She became the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics ever.
- Bhavani Devi
Both Men’s and Women’s hockey teams have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. The Men’s Hockey team is currently ranked 4th in the world and qualified for the Olympics by a win over Russia at the qualifiers. While women’s team beat the USA 6-5 on aggregate to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
- Men’s National Team
- Women’s National Team
Boxing is one of the sports from which Indian fans are hoping for a medal. Total nine boxers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Out of these 9, many are medal prospects and will be interesting to see how Indian boxers fare at Tokyo Olympics.
- 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)
Athletics is a sport where Indians have not done great. But the recent performances from Indian athletes have earned them a total 11 spots in the Tokyo Olympics.
- KT Irfan, Men’s 20km race walking, individual
- Sandeep Kumar, Men’s 20km race walking, individual
- Rahul Rohilla, Men’s 20km race walking, individual
- Avinash Sable, Men’s 3000m steeplechase, individual
- Murali Sreeshankar, Men’s long jump, individual
- Neeraj Chopra, Men’s javelin throw, individual
- Shivpal Singh, Men’s javelin throw, individual
- Kamalpreet Kaur, Women’s discus throw, individual
- Bhawna Jat, Women’s 20km race walking, individual
- Priyanka Goswami, Women’s 20km race walking, individual
- Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew, and Noah Nirmal, 4×400 Mixed Relay
Just like shooting and boxing, Archery is one of the sports where Indian fans expect a good performance. The Indian team has always been good in the field of archery. Let’s see how the Indian archers fare in the Tokyo Olympics.
- Tarundeep Rai, Men’s Recurve, Individual
- Atanu Das, Men’s Recurve, Individual
- Pravin Jadhav, Men’s Recurve, Individual
- Deepika Kumari, Women’s Recurve, Individual