India at Tokyo Olympics 2020

India Olympics 2020

The Indian team, with its largest-ever contingent, entered the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, held between July 23, 2021, and Aug 8, 2021, with high hopes. India's performance in the Olympics 2020 is the best in the country's history, with a total of seven medals.

India was the first Asian country to win a medal at the Olympics. India has won 35 medals in the Olympic Games thus far.

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Basic Facts

  • India's Rank – 48
  • Total no. of Medals – 7 (1 G, 2 S, 4 B).
  • India won most no. of medals in the Olympic history (7).
  • Largest ever contingent – 228 (from 22 states).
    • Total No. of Athletes – 124.
      • No. of Male Athletes – 67.
      • No. of Female Athletes – 52.
  • No. of Sports participated – 18.
  • No. of track and field athletes qualified for the Olympics Tokyo 2020 –  26.
  • Flag-bearers – 
    • Opening Ceremony – M.C. Mary Kom & Manpreet Singh.  
    • Closing Ceremony – Bajrang Punia
    • Tokyo Paralympics – Tek Chand (replaced Mariyappan Thangavelu).
  • Official Olympic Anthem – Tu Thaan Le.
    •  Composed by – Mohit Chauhan.
  • Olympics cheer song 'Hindustani Way' is composed by – A.R. Rahman.
    • Singers –  A.R. Rahman & Ananya Birla.
  •  The nationwide campaign started by Union Sports Ministry to encourage athletes to compete in the Olympics –  #Cheer4India. 
  • Goodwill Ambassador of Indian Olympic Team at Tokyo Olympics – Sourav Ganguly.
  • Official Partner of the Indian Olympic Team – Sports For All (SFA).
  • Official Sponsor of the Indian Olympic Team – INOX Group.
  • Security & Press Attache of India’s Olympic contingent – B. K. Sinha.
  • Sponsor for the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Games – Adani Group.  
  • Ambassador of 'Believe in Sports' by International Olympic Committee – P.V. Sindhu & Michelle Li (Canada).
  • First Indian Juror for Olympic Games – Pawan Singh.
  • First Indian Gymnastics Judge in Olympics – Deepak Kabra.
  • First Indian referee to officiate wrestling in Olympics – Ashok Kumar.
  • First Indian fencer to qualify for Olympics – Bhavani Devi.
  • First Indian woman golfer to quality for Tokyo Olympics 2021 – Aditi Ashok.
  • First-ever Indian swimmers to qualify for the Olympic Games – Sajan Prakash & Srihari Natraj
  • First Indian woman Sailor to qualify for the Olympic Games – Nethra Kumanan.
  • Indian athlete who is participating in the Women’s Artistic event – Pranati Nayak.
  • The state government took over the sponsorship of Men & Women's Hockey for 5 years – Odisha (2018-2023).
  • Only Indian Athlete qualified for the Men’s Shot put in the Tokyo Olympics – Tajinder Pal Toor.
  • Youngest Contender in the Indian team for Tokyo Olympics – Divyansh Singh Panwar (Shooting, 18 years old).
  • Oldest Contender in the Indian team for Tokyo Olympics – Mairaj Ahmed Khan (Men’s skeet shooting, 45 years old).
Medal Winners of Tokyo Olympics 2020 (India)

  The table below lists the Medal Winners of Tokyo Olympics 2020:

MedalAthlete Name Event
GoldNeeraj ChopraJavelin Throw (Distance – 87.58m)
SilverMirabai Chanu  Weightlifting (Women’s 49kg)
SilverRavi Kumar DahiyaWrestling (Men’s 57kg Freestyle)
BronzeTeam IndiaField Hockey (Men's)
BronzeLovlina BorgohainBoxing (Women’s Welterweight 69kg)
BronzeP. V. SindhuBadminton (Women’s Singles)
BronzeBajrang PuniaWrestling (Men’s 65kg)
  • For the first time in Olympic history, India earned a medal on the opening day of the competition.
  • First Indian to win Gold Medal in Athletics – Neeraj Chopra (Javelin throw, Haryana).
    • Youngest Indian to win an Olympic gold – Neeraj Chopra (23 years old).
    • August 7 – Javelin Throw Day.
      • By Athletics Federation of India, to honor Neeraj Chopra.
  • First Olympics medal for India in the Tokyo Olympics – Mirabai Chanu (Silver,  Women’s 49kg category weightlifting, Manipur).
  • First Indian woman athlete and second Indian to win two consecutive Olympic medals for individual events – P.V. Sindhu (Silver in badminton in 2016, bronze in 2020).
    • Defeated He Bingjiao (China).
  • The Men's Hockey team won the Bronze medal after 41 years ie., the 12th Olympic medal in Field Hockey.
    • Against Great Britain in the Semifinals (5-4)
    • Captain of the India Hockey team – Manpreet Singh.
    • Coach – Graham Reid.
    • 8 Gold medals & 3 Bronze medals so far in Olympic history. 
    • Captain of the Indian Women's Hockey team – Rani Ramphal.

Kerala Athletes in Tokyo Olympics 2020

  • No. of Keralites participated in Tokyo Olympics – 9.
NameEvent
P.R. SreejeshHockey  (Goal Keeper)
Sajan PrakashSwimming (200m butterfly)
K. T. IrfanRacewalking (200m walk)
Muhammed Anas YahiyaAthletics (4x400m relay)
Alex AntonyAthletics (4x400m mixed relay)
Amoj JacobAthletics (4x400m relay)
Noah Nirmal  TomAthletics (4x400m relay)
M.P. Jabir Athletics (400m hurdles)
M. SreeshankarAthletics (Long Jump)
  • For the first time (after 1980), there is no Malayali woman competing in the Olympics.
  • First Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020 – K.T. Irfan.
  • First Indian swimmer to make Olympic 'A' cut – Sajan Prakash.
  • Goodwill Ambassador of Kerala Olympic Team at Tokyo Olympics – Mohanlal.
  • Second Malayali to win Olympic medal – P. R. Sreejesh (Bronze, Hockey).
    • First Malayali to win Olympic medal – Manuel Fredericks (Hockey, Bronze, Munich 1972).
  • First Indian (Malayali as well) male athlete to qualify for the 400m hurdles in Olympics – M.P. Jabir.
  • Malayali who is participating in Paralympics – Siddharth Babu (Para-shooting).
  • Head Coach of the Indian Athletic team – P. Radhakrishnan Nair.
  • Malayali was appointed as the Badminton Umpire for Tokyo Olympics 2021 - Dr. Fine C. Dathan.

📝SideNotes:
    • International Olympic Day  – June 23.
    • International Olympic Committee –
      • Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland.
      • Head – Thomas Bach.
    • Indian Olympic Committee was established in – 1927.
    • First President of Indian Olympic Committee – Sir Dorabji Tata.
    • Current President of Indian Olympic Committee – Narendra Batra.
    • First  Indian Equestrian to qualify for Olympics – Inderjit Singh Lamba.
    • First Malayali athlete to qualify for the 400m hurdles in Olympics – P.T. Usha.
    • First and only Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics – Sakshi Malik.
    • Indian athlete who made most no. of appearances in Olympics – Leander Paes (7 times; 1992 to 2016).
    • Athletics Federation of India – 
      • Headquarters – New Delhi.
      • Formed in – 1946.
      • President – Adille J. Sumariwalla.
      • Senior Vice President – Anju Bobby George.
    • Prize Money – 
      • Indian Olympic Association – 75 Lakh (Gold), 40 Lakh (Silver), 25 Lakh (Bronze) & 1 Lakh for all participating athletes.
      • UP Government – 6 crores for gold medalist.
      • Tamil Nadu Govt – 3 crores for gold medalist.
      • Kerala Govt. – 2 crores & promotion for P.R. Sreejesh & 5 Lakhs for all participating athletes.
    • Union Minister for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports – Anurag Thakur.
      • Headquarters – Shastri Bhawan, ‎New Delhi.
    • Former Union Minister for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports – Kiren Rijiju.
      • Current Position – Minister of Law and Justice.
    • Mary Kom – 
      • Nickname  – Super Mom.
      • 6 times World Champion.
    • Arjuna Award Winner of 2017 – Mariyappan Thangavelu (High Jumper).
      • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2020 – Mariyappan Thangavelu.
      • Padmasri Winner of 2017 - Mariyappan Thangavelu.
    • First Indian Woman Flagbearer – Shyni Willson (Barcelona, 1992).
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