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All set to represent India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, THESE 8 UP athletes have torched high hopes

These 8 athletes will mark participation across shooting, racewalking, javelin throw, boxing & hockey.

Brimming bright with aspirations, the Indian contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will have 8 athletes from the state of Uttar Pradesh this year. While the event was deferred earlier due to the effects of the pandemic, it has been scheduled from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan. With participation across a range of sports including shooting, racewalking, javelin throw, boxing and hockey, THESE 8 individuals from Uttar Pradesh are spirited to bring glory back home!

Mairaj Ahmad Khan (Shooting)

Winning a silver medal at the 2016 ISSF World Cup at Rio and gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi, ace shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan has made a mark for himself. Gearing to participate in the Olympic games for the second time, the athlete is undergoing rigorous training in Italy. Interestingly, the veteran skeet shooter was the first Indian to qaulify in his category during the 2016 Rio Games.

Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting)

Buckling up for his maiden performance at the Olympics, Saurabh Chaudhary from Meerut's Kalina Village will represent India in 10m air pistol individual and 10m air pistol mixed team events. The young athlete has a number of remarkable achievements in the kitty, which includes the medals won at the ISSF World Cup, World Championships, Youth Olympics and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. The 19-year-old clinched bronze in the 10m air pistol event and silver in the doubles game, alongside Manu Bhaker at the ISSF World Cup in Croatia.

Priyanka Goswami (Racewalking)

Setting a national record in the National Racewalking Championships in February, Priyanka Goswami has secured a spot for herself in the Olympic battalion. Now, the 24-year-old will be competing against the globally renowned athletes in the women's 20 km racewalking event at the Olympics. Notably, Priyanka clocked 1:28:45s at the national event and it can be expected that the young player will beat her own record in the future!

Annu Rani (Javelin Throw)

Born in Meerut, Annu Rani is a track athlete who will represent India in javelin throw. During the 2021 Federation Cup in Patiala, she registered the best throw of 63.24m. Though the Olympic standards call for 64m, she will still mark her entry to the Tokyo Olympic based on rankings. She is currently at the 19th spot among 32 athletes who will be participating in this event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Shivpal Singh (Javelin Throw)

Born in 1995, Shivpal Singh is the second Indian to represent the country in the javelin throw event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He bagged a silver medal at the 2019 Asian Championships achieving a personal best of 86.23m. With a throw of 85.47m at the ACNW League Meet in South Africa, he secured his spot for the Olympic games after breaching the benchmark standard of 85m.

Satish Kumar (Boxing)

Awarded bronze medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games, boxer Satish Kumar is all set to participate in the +91kg category. An amateur player, he became the first in Indian to win the specific qualification when he defeated Otgonbayer Daivii in the Asian Boxing Olympic qualifiers.

Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (Hockey)

India's participation in the men's hockey event at the Olympics will be marked by Lalit Kumar Upadhyay. Taking the forward position in the Indian team, he entered the global playing circuit in 2014. With a regular presence in the Indian team, Lalit has been a part of winnings at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, 2018 Champions Trophy (silver medal) and 2018 Asian Games (bronze medal). Spirited to add more feathers to his cap, the 27-years-old will play at the Olympics for the first time this year!

Arvind Singh (Rowing)

Together with Arjun Jat, Arvind Singh from Uttar Pradesh will represent India in the men's lightweight double sculls rowing event. The duo qualified for the Olympics after finishing second in the final race of the Asia Continental Qualifying in Tokyo. Given that the two are the only representation from India in this event, the sports lovers are cheered up with hopes for their victory!

 Important to recognise the importance of better training, infrastructure & resources

While India has already witnessed umpteen notable personalities in the field of sports, there still remains significant potential to harness better development of players therein. Thus, it is important to recognise the importance of better training, infrastructure and resources, if the country dreams to acquire a covetable position on the global stage!

- With inputs from IANS

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