When the Olympics begin later this month in Tokyo, over a 100 athletes will probably be representing India for the second Video games in succession. Nonetheless, a number of the greatest names in Indian sport will probably be lacking after failing to qualify for the showpiece occasion.
A veteran of three Olympics and the primary Indian badminton participant to win a medal on the Video games, Saina’s failure to qualify for a fourth successive Olympic Video games might be the most important shock on this record. After dropping within the quarterfinals on her Olympic debut in 2008 as a young person, Saina went on to win bronze in London in 2012, earlier than exiting early in Rio in 2016 as a result of harm.
Saina was in superb kind for the primary half of this Olympic cycle and medalled at each the Asian Video games and the Commonwealth Video games in 2018, in addition to the World Championships in 2017. She began 2019 effectively by successful the Indonesia Masters and the Nationwide Championships, however a spate of accidents and poor kind submit that ended up costing her an Olympic berth.
Arguably India’s best Olympian, Sushil won’t be in motion for the second Olympics in a row. The one Indian to win two particular person medals at completely different editions of the Olympics, Sushil is at present in jail. Having debuted on the 2004 Video games, Sushil gained bronze and silver in 2008 and 2012 respectively, and is the one Indian to win gold on the wrestling World Championships.
Whereas he did win gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games, he misplaced within the opening spherical of the Asian Video games and solely competed sporadically during the last couple of years.
India’s show on the Rio Olympics was largely disappointing however Sakshi Malik was a revelation as she shocked all observers to win bronze within the ladies’s 58 kg class. The primary and solely Indian girl wrestler to medal on the Olympics, Sakshi has struggled to match her efficiency in Rio and has lacked consistency over the previous few years.
Sakshi gained bronze on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in a reasonably unusual area and did not medal on the Asian Video games. In truth, she is not India’s finest wrestler in her most popular weight class as she has misplaced a number of instances to Sonam Malik, who will symbolize India in Tokyo within the 62 kg class.
When Srikanth stretched two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan to a few video games in a tightly-contested quarterfinal on the 2016 Olympics, most thought that he could be a robust medal contender on the subsequent version. He then went on to additional cement that impression after successful 4 Superseries titles in 2017 and likewise ascending to the place of World No. 1 in April 2018.
Regardless of being one of the best participant on the planet a couple of years again, and persistently within the high 15 in world rankings, Srikanth’s losses towards gamers ranked effectively beneath him have finally value him a second Olympics look.
The first motive for Das lacking out on qualification is her change to operating the 100m and 200m races over her most popular 400m distance.
Das is the one Indian to win a gold medal in a monitor occasion on the U-20 World Championships and her silver medal successful effort within the 400m on the 2018 Asian Video games marked her out as considered one of India’s brightest prospects. Nonetheless, Das’ timing in that last (50.79s) was effectively underneath the Olympic cut-off, however the determination to make her compete over the shorter sprints finally ended costing her a berth on the Olympics.
Thapa holds the excellence of being the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, a feat he achieved when he certified for the London Olympics as a young person. He is nonetheless solely 27 and continues to be in spectacular kind as he gained silver on the Asian Championships earlier this 12 months. Thapa is the one Indian boxer to medal at every of the final 5 editions of the Asian Championships, and likewise considered one of solely six Indian males to medal on the World Championships.
The one motive for him to overlook out on the Olympics is that India has an array of robust boxers within the light-weight class that Thapa competes in, together with Manish Kaushik, who gained a bronze on the final World Championships and can symbolize India in Tokyo.
Having vaulted right into a nation’s consciousness along with her elegant execution of the high-risk Produnova vault on the best way to a fourth-place end on the Rio Olympics in an especially robust area, Dipa has suffered a collection of accidents over the previous 5 years which have value her a second successive Olympics look.
No matter how she does when she will get her subsequent probability on the Video games, Dipa has left a long-lasting impression along with her spate of firsts in Indian gymnastics through the years.
No Indian has competed in additional Olympics than Paes, who ended India’s 44-year await a person medal with a bronze within the males’s singles occasion on the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Paes appeared in each Olympics from 1992 to 2016 and got here agonisingly near successful a second medal on a number of events, ending fourth within the males’s doubles occasion on the 2004 Olympics.
He additionally made the lads’s doubles quarterfinals in 1992 and 2008 and the blended doubles quarterfinals in 2012, dropping to the eventual gold medallists within the latter two. Now aged 48, it’s unlikely he’ll seem at an Olympics once more however he’ll endlessly be remembered as considered one of India’s best Olympians in historical past.
Earlier than India began successful medals by the bucketful with its burst of teenage expertise over the previous three years, Heena Sidhu was considered one of India’s most interesting shooters and the primary Indian pistol shooter to be ranked primary on the planet.
Sidhu continues to be considered one of India’s high shooters however the resurgence of Rahi Sarnobat, mixed with the emergence of Manu Bhaker and Chinki Yadav, signifies that she’ll have to attend to hitch Anjali Bhagwat as the one Indian girl shooter to seem at three Olympics.