1 Medal in Archery
A total of four archers represented India at the Rio Olympics four years ago. With the perfect amalgamation of youth and experience, it should stand the Indian contingent in good stead in Tokyo. One can nurse expectations for one medal from either Atanu Das or Deepika Kumari, thanks to the depth and quality they possess.
Although the Indian men recurve archers couldn’t make the final cut to the Rio Games, they staged an enthralling performance at the Archery World Championships last year to seal the berth at the Olympics 2020.
Deepika Kumari won gold in the women’s recurve event at the Olympic qualifying Asian Archery event in Bangkok in November, beating compatriot Ankita Bhakat 6-0 in an all-Indian final. With three individual Olympic quotas for Tokyo 2020 on offer at this event, Deepika sealed the Olympic quota place in women’s recurve individual category. Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari have the experience and pedigree to be counted as favourites, and who knows we may see the best of archery this year! Both Atanu and Deepika, who have been forging into a formidable pair in the recurve mixed pair event, would be at the top of that heap. Hence, a recurve mixed team medal remains a certainty. Sit back and watch them hit the Tokyo bull’s eye!