Live Updates: Indian athletes focus on training ahead of Tokyo opening

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23rd, July 2021, 5:19 am

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Tokyo 2020: Day 00

23rd, July 2021, 5:09 am

The world is watching as the sun rises in the Land of the Rising Sun. All eyes on Tokyo. Rise and shine!

The Olympic boxing draw is in

23rd, July 2021, 4:56 am

Sand artist cheers for Indian contingent

23rd, July 2021, 4:44 am

All in a day's work for Odisha's Sudarsan Pattnaik: 

IOA announces cash award for gold medal winners

22nd, July 2021, 10:41 pm

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.

Feeling lucky!

22nd, July 2021, 8:44 pm

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:

Just one more day to go ...

22nd, July 2021, 8:34 pm

Check out former cricket commentator Anjum Chopra's message for the Indian contingent: 


Blown away

22nd, July 2021, 8:10 pm

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.

'Your moment has come'

22nd, July 2021, 8:09 pm

"All of India supports you," says Little Maestro Sachin Tendulkar to the Indian contingent. Check out his 'Cheer for India' message: 

Are you ready?

22nd, July 2021, 6:08 pm

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: 

Noshing on natto can keep Covid at bay

22nd, July 2021, 5:21 pm

Traditional Japanese breakfast, natto, is made by fermenting soybeans with bacillus subtilis. Good news for Games athletes, eh?

Image Credit: Twitter/Travisor

Simranjit's success mantra

22nd, July 2021, 4:38 pm

The boxer from Punjab treats her fans with this tweet: 

Where and when to watch the Olympics telecast

22nd, July 2021, 2:31 pm

Where can I watch the Tokyo Olympics in India?  The Olympics will be telecasted live via Doordarsan Network in Hindi.

Payyoli Express cheers for India

22nd, July 2021, 2:22 pm

Earlier this week, PT Usha released a cute, fervour-filled video: 

'I didn't set out to beat the world'

22nd, July 2021, 2:15 pm

"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:

Team India: These athletes to skip Tokyo opening ceremony

22nd, July 2021, 1:53 pm

Indian Olympic Association decides to participate in the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics with just 50 attendees.


Meanwhile in Japan ...

22nd, July 2021, 12:14 am

… 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!


Selfie moment with World No. 1

21st, July 2021, 10:00 pm

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.

The victory punch

21st, July 2021, 7:33 pm

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has a message for all of us. Cheer for India and tag your team: 

Tough Eid

21st, July 2021, 7:11 pm

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.


Shuffle and score

21st, July 2021, 6:50 pm

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: 

Every moment is precious

21st, July 2021, 6:02 pm

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: 

No horsing around

21st, July 2021, 5:30 pm

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.

The long and shot of it

21st, July 2021, 4:38 pm

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:

As easy as one-two-three

21st, July 2021, 4:22 pm

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.

Armed for her big debut

21st, July 2021, 3:59 pm

Here's how India's lone fencer, Bhavani Devi, is prepping in Tokyo: 

Making her dad proud

21st, July 2021, 3:49 pm

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:

Fellowship of the Rings

21st, July 2021, 3:25 pm

Practice makes perfect

21st, July 2021, 2:52 pm

Check out Mary Kom perfecting her blows:

Blessings continue to pour in

21st, July 2021, 2:46 pm

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!

Change of guard

21st, July 2021, 2:36 pm

My colleague Jayaa will continue the updates as we get the latest from the Indian athletes in training in Tokyo. 

Dada sends his wishes

21st, July 2021, 2:16 pm

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. 


21st, July 2021, 2:13 pm

Meanwhile, the women's hockey team got into preparation mode with another activation session earlier this morning.  

Image Credit: Hockey India/Twitter



Covid shadow

21st, July 2021, 1:46 pm

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. 

On target

21st, July 2021, 1:42 pm

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.

2 days to go!

21st, July 2021, 1:24 pm

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. 

India's shooting squad 
Image Credit: NRAI/Twitter