The Blues Honing For The Olympics 2021

The summer Olympics 2021 would have happened in 2020 if the pandemic was not there. The novel coronavirus started to spread fiercely from 2019 November. It has still not vanished so no surprise the Olympics was postponed but it was a surprise to the NOCs (National Olympic Committees) at the start of the pandemic.

In late March, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and The president of IOC (International Olympic Committee) Thomas bach held a meeting to discuss the situation around the world along with WHO. On March 24, both of them announced the Olympics will be postponed to 2021. For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the event was postponed. The Olympics had never been postponed but cancelled in 1916, 1940, and 1944 because of the World War. The 2021 Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8.

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Thomas bach (Right) visits to japan to discuss on the postponed Tokyo OlympicAsian with japan’s former PM Shinzo Abe

Previous meets

India first participated at the Olympic games in the year 1900, with a lone athlete winning two silver medals in athletics. The nation first sent a team to the summer Olympic games in 1920 and has participated in every summer Olympics since. India has won 28 medals; nine golds, seven silvers, and twelve bronzes. India won six medals at the London Olympics in 2012 which is the most number of medal for India in a single Olympic meet.

Asian games 2018, the cheerleader of Olympics 2021

India in the Asian games 2018 won 69 medals 15 golds, 24 silvers, and 30 bronzes. The tally in the 2018 Olympics is the best haul at an Asiad. We all know the Asian games are not the same as the Olympics but India has presented more athletes than previous meets and that formula will be applied in the Olympics as well. The attendance from the athletes has improved and so has the medals for the country.

Blues for medals

India has won 28 medals so far in Olympics 9 golds, 7 silver, and 12 bronze, winning medals in eight sports, namely field hockey, athletics, wrestling, badminton, boxing, tennis, shooting, and weightlifting. In out of 9 gold medals, eight are in field hockey and one in shooting. India in the Olympics 2016 only won 2 medals 1 bronze and 1 silver but the country has more athletes than previous meets. For 2021 as well India is going to present more athletes on the Olympic stage but the possibility of them bringing the medals home is the main question. Here are the possible sports India can bring medals.

Boxing

In boxing, India has won 2 bronze medals in the past. Mary Kom in the London Olympics 2012 and Vijender Singh in the Beijing Olympics 2008. In the 2021 Olympics, the boy from Haryana Amit Panghal is expected to win. He won a silver medal in the World Boxing Championship 2019 and also won a gold medal in the Boxing World Cup held in 2020. There is no surprise he is up to the expectations from what has he achieved.

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Amit Phangal gold medalist in flyweight category at the Asian boxing championship held at Bangkok

Athletics

In athletics, Jisna Mathew and Hima Das have already started to create some buzz. The medals they won in the Asian Championship speaks for itself. In the 4x400m relay, Jisna Mathew and her team can bring home a medal. Annu Rani, a javelin thrower who is the current national record holder is expected to make an impression.

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Jisna Mathew in action, handing off to Nirmal Tom during mixed 4x400m relay heats

Badminton

India won 2 medals in the past in badminton. Saina Nehwal in 2012 London won bronze and PV Sindhu in 2016 Brazil won silver. These two are well known around the world for their records and influence in the sport. In 2021 the world number two will be focusing on the Olympic gold.

Other sports

In Hockey, the team is a bit renovated from the last Olympics, this team has got the potential to get Gold this Olympics. In wrestling Vinesh Phogat, cousin of famous ‘Dangal’ girls Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari is also expected to get a medal. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth and Asian Games. Athletes from other events like archery, aquatics, gymnastics, karate, rowing, shooting, table tennis, and volleyball also can give us some surprise. 

 

Honing in 3 different locations

There is no doubt the pandemic has ruined the field training for the athletes but they have been virtually monitored by Federations around India and also from respective academies. Now that the effect of the pandemic have lessened and restrictions begin to ease down, athletes have started to get back to their field training. The trials are also begun for the Olympics. The training camps have resumed in three different locations Pune, Patiala, and some in Mumbai. The Tokyo Olympics has already started the excitement among the fans in India hopefully it gets us some fruitful results.

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