Tokyo Olympics 2021: Fencer Bhavani Devi, sprinter Dutee Chand and javelin thrower Shivpal Singh were congratulated by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Training (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar ahead of the Tokyo Games. All these three athletes are supported by this institute of Odisha.
This time Shivpal Singh is representing India with Neeraj Chopra in Javelin Throw. Shivpal, who covered a distance of 85.47 meters in South Africa, says that “India is expected to get 110 percent of the medals from javelin throw this time. In the last Olympic Games, I got medals from 85 meters throw. This time I have more Neeraj Chopra threw many times. So I hope that the medal can be named for Bharat.”
“Many people felt that there was no future for this sport in the country. People had no hope of progressing in this sport, but my family supported me. I am trying to win the Tokyo Olympics this time. I will. If I can’t do it, then I will try again.” This is to say of CA Bhavani Devi, the first athlete from India to qualify for the Olympics in fencing. She is currently training in Italy and is reaching France on Monday to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
Sprinter Dutee Chand said that this time her goal is to achieve a timing of 11.10 seconds in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Dutee Chand, who won a silver medal in the Asian Games, said that this time her target is to reach at least the semi-finals.
Significantly, in independent India so far no athlete has won any Olympic medal in athletics i.e. track and field event. Milkha Singh and PT Usha secured the fourth position. This time if the country really gets a medal from the javelin throw, then it will be recorded in golden letters on the pages of history.
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