Athletes going to Tokyo Olympics from Indian Army
Indian army always had a role to play in Olympics over the years and this time its no different. Let's have a look at athletes from Indian Army competing at Tokyo Olympics.
The Indian Army doesn't just safeguard our borders with utmost dedication but also contribute to the sports with some of the best athletes representing the country on the global stage. Sports infrastructure and facilities are top-notch at army institutes, so the athletes who have joined the army or army person who wants to pursue sports get their breeding ground.
In the past Olympics, there were several athletes from the Army who had represented India in it. Let's have a look at athletes going to Tokyo Olympics from the Indian Army.
Amit Panghal (Boxing)
Amit Panghal, born on (16 October 1995) is a subedar in the Mahar Regiment of the Indian Army. The 25-years-old boxer had won a silver medal in the 2019 World boxing championship and also a gold medal in the 2020 World cup. He will be representing India in the 52 kg category at Tokyo Olympics and is the front-runner of India's hope to win a medal in boxing.
Manish Kaushik (Boxing)
Manish Kaushik, born on (11 January 1996) serves in the Indian Army as Joint Commissioned Officer. The boxer hailing from Haryana had won a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal in the 2019 World championship. After the win against Garside in the qualification round, he became the last Indian boxer to qualify for the games and will be representing India in the 63 kg category at Tokyo Olympics.
Satish Kumar (Boxing)
Satish Kumar, born on (4 May 1989), joined the Indian Army in 2008. Since then, he has been part of various nationals and international boxing events. The heavyweight boxer had won a bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games and a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 32-year-old boxer became the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics when he defeated Otgonbayer Daivii in the Asian Boxing Olympics qualifier, and he will be competing in the 91 kg category at Tokyo Olympics.
Avinash Sable (Athletics)
Avinash Sable, born on 13 September 1994 joined the Mahar Regiment of the Indian Army right after his schooling. He represents India in 3000 metres steeplechase and holds the national record of 8:20.21, which he achieved at the federation cup in Patiala 2021. The 26-year-old athletes had won a silver medal in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship, and he wants to break his own record in Tokyo.
Neeraj Chopra (Athletics)
Neeraj Chopra, born on (24 December 1997) joined the Indian Army as Junior Commissioned Officer in 2016. He represented India in javelin throw and holds the national record of 88.07 m which he threw at the Indian Grand Prix in March 2021. The 23-years-old athlete already has a rich medal history with a gold medal in the 2018 Asian games and commonwealth games.
Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh (Rowing)
Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh both joined the Indian Army in 2017, and they train for rowing at the Army sports institute in Pune. They both qualified for the Olympics in the men's lightweight double sculls event after finishing second in the final race of the Asia Continental Qualifying in Tokyo. These two rowers will be the only representation from India at Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Vishnu Saravanan (Sailing)
Vishnu Saravanan was enrolled in the Indian Army as Naib Subedar in 2017, and he will be representing India in Sailing at Tokyo Olympics 2021. His father was also an accomplished sailor who was a Madras Sappers Sailor, and Vishnu was also encouraged to take up sailing in 2014. Vishnu has been training in Malta for the past two years, and he participated in Mussanah Sailing Championship to qualify for the Olympics.
Pravin Jadhav (Archery)
Pravin Jadhav born on (6 July 1996) is a ranked Havaldar in the Indian army and he trains at the army institute Pune. He represents India in recurve discipline of archery and has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. At the 2019 World Archery championship, the 24-year-old archer was a member of the first Indian team to qualify for the final since 2005, the team won a silver medal in that event.
Tarundeep Rai (Archery)
Tarundeep Rai born on (22 February 1984) who hails from Sikkim serves as a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army and represents India in archery. He made his debut in international archery way back in 2003 at the age of 19 years and has been part of two silver winning world championship teams (2005 & 2019). The 37-year-old is the first Indian to win an individual medal in Asian games when he achieved the feat at the 2010 Asian games.
Sandeep Kumar (Athletics)
Sandeep Kumar Punia born on (1 may 1986) is a track athlete who will be representing India in 20km Racewalking at Tokyo Olympics. He serves as a Naib subedar in the Indian army and has also competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics in 50km Racewalking finishing 35th with a timing of 4hours 7minutes and 55seconds. The 35-years-old hold the national record of 1hour 20minutes 16second in 20km Racewalking category.
Gurpreet Singh (Atletics)
Havaldar Gurpreet Singh of Army Sports institute pune qualified for Tokyo Olympics .He achieved this feat through world rankings.
He is a 50 km race walker and he won Gold medal in National Open Race walking championship Ranchi with the timing of 03:59.42sec on Feb 2021. He is the fifth Indian race walker who crossed 4 hour barrier. In year 2020 he won silver medal in the same event. Enrolled in Army as general quota presently training under Sub Basant Bahadur Rana who himself is a Olympian in 2012 London Olympics.