Tokyo Olympics 2020: The Olympic Games are being held in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, from July 23. This time more than 100 players from India are participating in the Olympic Games. India is hoping for a medal in the mixed doubles of table tennis. In this event, the responsibility of getting India a medal is on the shoulders of Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal.
India has fielded two players from table tennis in every Olympics since 1988. But China has dominated the game and players from other countries have little chance of winning medals. China has won 28 gold medals out of 32 in the Olympics. The International Table Tennis Federation later changed its format and rules and placed a maximum of two qualifying spots per event from each country.
The men’s and women’s doubles have been replaced by men’s and women’s team competitions since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Single event will be held in Tokyo in both men’s and women’s categories while there will also be mixed double event.
Four players are taking part from India
Four Indian players qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after the Indian team lost in the final round of the Asian qualification tournament. In Tokyo, India’s Sharath and G Satyavan will compete in the men’s singles event while Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee will compete in the women’s singles event.
Sharath and Manika have qualified for the mixed doubles event and are medal contenders. 39-year-old Sharath will take part in the fourth Olympics while this will be Manika’s second Olympics. Sharath participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics for the first time.
Indian table tennis players had performed better in the recent Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Manika won gold in the women’s singles event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, while Manika and Sharath won the bronze medal in the mixed doubles event at the Jakarta Asia Games. Considering the excellent performance of these two players, India is expected to win a medal in this event.
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