The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is near as the mega event will take place from 23 July 2021. This time the Indian contingent for the Tokyo games has a lot on their shoulders, the nation has high hopes from our Olympics-bound athletes. To encourage the spirit of the athletes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Indian athletes’ contingent bound for Tokyo Olympics on 13th July at 5 PM via video conferencing.
The interaction will boost the confidence of the athletes
Olympics games are among the most prestigious sporting event in the history of sports and to qualify for the games brings a lot of pride to the nation. It further opens doors for a medal in the Olympics games that is the dream of several athletes and is on the top of their achievement list.
The interaction by the Prime Minister will aim to motivate the athletes ahead of Tokyo 2020 games. PM Modi had recently reviewed the preparations for the facilitation of India’s contingent at Tokyo-2020. In Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi discussed the inspirational journeys of some of the athletes who are going to Tokyo. He also urged the country to come forward and support the Indian athletes’ contingent bound for Tokyo Olympics
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Anurag Thakur, Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports; Nisith Pramanik, MoS Youth Affairs & Sports and Kiren Rijiju, Law Minister will also be present in the interaction.
Indian contingent flying to Tokyo
The contingent for the Tokyo 2020 games is the biggest ever contingent which will be competing for medals since 1900. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896 and it took India only four years before seeing their first representation at the Summer Olympic Games.
A total of 126 athletes across 18 sports disciplines from India will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics. The 69 cumulative events across the 18 sport disciplines are also the highest ever for India.
Notable firsts in terms of participation in Tokyo
For the first time in Indian Olympics history, Bhavani Devi, a Fencer (Sabre) from India will participate in the Olympic Games.
Nethra Kumanan is the first-ever female Sailor from India to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj are the first Swimmers from India to qualify for an Olympic Games by achieving the ‘A’ qualification standard in swimming.