Major Dhyanchand’s 114th birthday also celebrated as India’s National Sports Day. And almost two years to the day since this blog series started.
Since Episode 6, there hasn’t been any change in the qualification count for India. There were Quota places up for grabs in Shooting, Canoeing, Equestrian and Rowing but unfortunately our athletes couldn’t grab any during the last month. But we have had some progress across sports.
PV Sindhu becomes India’s first ever Badminton World Champion. This in now the sixth year in a row in which she has got a major medal (World Championships/Olympics) and she is still only 24! Badminton quotas will be confirmed via rankings in end-April next year. On current form, we should have multiple Indian representation in all events.
Indian women have qualified for the Asian Olympic qualifiers to be held in January.
No quotas in the shotgun events so far. However, there is an intense battle going on for places in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle, where India has booked the maximum 2 quotas but have 3 shooters, Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil & Elavenil Valarivan winning World Cup medals consistently.
Indian Men & Women Teams won the Olympic test events at Tokyo. Although much should not be read into this!
Baseball – India are out of contention.
Total Qualifier Count – Sports - 3, Events – 8, Entries -12, Participants – 11.
Coming Up Next – World Championships in Wrestling, Weightlifting and Athletics. And more qualification events across the board.
P.S. Episode 7 was on time. Hopefully Episode 8 will continue the momentum!
Road To Tokyo: Episode 6