11 May, 2021

2020 Olympics: A New Rising In Tokyo Or An Evening In Paris In 2024?

India won a whopping 227 international medals in July but how many of those will translate into an Olympic gold, silver or bronze in Tokyo 2020? The sports ministry feels India's best chance will be in Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics

2020 Olympics: A New Rising In Tokyo Or An Evening In Paris In 2024?

In the month of July, the euphoria around the Indian cricket team’s World Cup campaign overshadowed a rare spree of achi­evement by the country’s less-glamorous sportspersons—boxers, shooters, wrestlers, archers and judokas. As Virat Kohli’s team broke the heart of a billion fans after losing a humdinger of a World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in England, a clutch of diehards were stretching every sinew in their bodies to win India an international medal. The ret­urns were impressive. Overwhelming, act­ually. Over 31 days, across nine disciplines, India garnered an eye-popping 227 medals in various competitions, most of them overseas.

Now comes the real deal, though. In less than 12 months’ time, India’s progress as a sporting nation will be thoroughly tested at the Tokyo Olympics next July. If India can win even three per cent of its 227 medals, it would have surpassed the nation’s best tally of six medals at the 2012 London Games and five per cent would help clinch the dream “double-digit” landmark....

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