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The world is watching as the sun rises in the Land of the Rising Sun. All eyes on Tokyo. Rise and shine!
All in a day's work for Odisha's Sudarsan Pattnaik:
In a bid to support and encourage the athletes of the Indian Olympic team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has recommended cash awards for Gold (Rs 75 lakhs), Silver (Rs 40 lakhs) and Bronze (Rs 25 lakhs) to the medal winners.
Bengaluru hunk, equestrian Fouaad Mirza, ended India's 20-year drought with his entry to Tokyo 2020. He shares a great bond with Seigneur Medicott:
Check out former cricket commentator Anjum Chopra's message for the Indian contingent:
His parents introduced to him to boxing to keep him away from trouble as a kid. The boxer from Rohtak made the most of this opportunity and made it to Tokyo 2020.
"All of India supports you," says Little Maestro Sachin Tendulkar to the Indian contingent. Check out his 'Cheer for India' message:
TT player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran cannot contain his excitement and it always spills over to his fans. Be it training in the gym or sharing views of the Games village or plaza, his tweets are a visual treat:
Stay tuned for his schedule:
Traditional Japanese breakfast, natto, is made by fermenting soybeans with bacillus subtilis. Good news for Games athletes, eh?
The boxer from Punjab treats her fans with this tweet:
Where can I watch the Tokyo Olympics in India? The Olympics will be telecasted live via Doordarsan Network in Hindi.
Earlier this week, PT Usha released a cute, fervour-filled video:
"I just set out to do my absolute best," says Indian hockey team's goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Check out Twitter his updates.
A stadium without spectators, but graced by hockey greats:
Indian Olympic Association decides to participate in the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics with just 50 attendees.
… The craze for Thalaivar rages on.
That isn't all. There's more:
People: Cheer for India at the Tokyo Olympics
Thalaivar: Makes Japan cheer for 'Dalbar'
Well played Annaathe, well played! What timing!
Guess who ran into the Serbinator at Tokyo Olympics? Our own shuttler Sai Praneeth. Great example of celebrating the Olympian spirit with unity and sportsmanship.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has a message for all of us. Cheer for India and tag your team:
At the outset, it might seem that it's not a jubilant Eid for tennis diva Sania Mirza, who is away from friends and family. But then, Eid is all about love, prayers and sacrifice ...
... And her participation in the Tokyo Olympics only adds to the feathers in her cap. She has all the love and prayers of 135 crore Indians as she continues to excel at her sport, sacrificing personal pleasures in her efforts make her country proud.
This is PV Sindhu's second appearance at the Olympics. The first one was at Rio 2016. Though the beacon of Indian badminton will miss her audience and fans at the Games, she has her family rooting for her back home:
She's been sweating it out at practice sessions in Tokyo:
Bajrang Punia is the only Indian to have won three medals at the World Wrestling Championships. Born in Jhajjar, Haryana, the World No. 2 is giving out major fitness goals:
Fouaad Mirza, our country's first equestrian decided to change his horse three days before the Olympics. He decided to go with Seigneur Medicott, with whom he shares a great bond. Medicott helped Mirza win two silver medals at the Asian Games. Medicott's pet name is Micky.
Earlier, Mirza had picked Dajara 4, but decided to go with Medicott instead. Here's why.
Medicott cleared quarantine in Aachen, Germany and boarded a flight to Tokyo on July 20. He is accompanied by a groom, veterinarian and a physiotherapist.
Hailing from Moga district in Punjab, shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor holds the outdoor national record of 21.49m. He hurled the shot put to 21.49m in the Indian Grand Prix 4 at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, thereby securing his stint at the Tokyo Olympics. He is determined to give his best shot:
Toor's driving force is his Dronacharya awardee coach:
Sharath Kamal, star table tennis Olympian from Tamil Nadu, shares a snippet from his training schedule:
The Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee is the first Indian to have become a nine-time Senior National Champion. He broke the record of eight-time National Champion Kamlesh Mehta.
Tokyo 2020 is his third appearance at the Olympics, the other two being Rio Olympics 2016 and Athens Olympics 2004.
Here's how India's lone fencer, Bhavani Devi, is prepping in Tokyo:
Morning shows the day. From hurling sugarcane as a kid to becoming an Olympian javelin thrower, Annu Rani has come a long way. Her father beams with pride:
Glimpses from Annu Rani and Shivpal Singh's practice sessions before they left for Tokyo:
Check out Mary Kom perfecting her blows:
Thank you, Priyanka. Your updates have set our pulses racing! Moving on to the next update ...
Kurobe is a city in Toyama Prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan. This is where the archery events are scheduled to be held. Kurobe Mayor and all its citizens cheer for India!
My colleague Jayaa will continue the updates as we get the latest from the Indian athletes in training in Tokyo.
Joining his countrymen in boosting the spirits of our athletes, former India cricket captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also extended his wishes to all those getting ready for the games in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the women's hockey team got into preparation mode with another activation session earlier this morning.
In addition to the usual pressures of being on the Olympics stage, the build-up to this year's Games has been blighted by concerns over the rising number of Covid-19 cases. Until Tuesday, 67 people associated with the mega-event had tested positive.
Archery is among the first events where India will be in contention, with the qualifying rounds beginning on 23 July. Archers Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav were among those seen at the practice venue earlier today.
Hello and welcome to our live updates blog for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. With just two days left before the Games begin, we check in on the Indian athletes as they focus on their preparations for the all-important event.