Owing to the events of 2020, the Tokyo games could not go ahead as planned. Whilst this was certainly a blow for sports fans across the world last year, many are rejoicing this year. The chance to watch the events from the Olympics will bring some well-deserved excitement, for sports fans who are growing tired of cancellations.
India often brings home a medal or two from the Olympics, but this year looks to be a particularly spectacular show for Indian sportspeople. There is a varied selection of brilliant athletes attending this year’s games, but the ones below are the ones that are most likely to be reaching the podium.
At only 25 years old, Deepika Kumari has already achieved incredible feats in her career. Her sport of choice is archery and though she is currently ranked 9th in the world, she has reached the very top of the chart before. This year she has, again, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, thanks to an impressive performance at the qualifying Asian Archery event in 2019, where she won the overall gold medal. She’s been a gold medal winner at the Commonwealth games already and was just a few places shy of the podium at the 2012 Olympics. Although she’s not reached the bronze position at Olympic games yet, with this sportswoman’s incredible drive and tenacity, as well as a glittering track record at other world events, it isn’t hard to imagine she’ll make it there this year.
Along with Deepika Kumari will be three more Indian archers at the Tokyo games. Each of the men will be competing both individually and in the team men’s event. Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, and Praveen Jadhav each earned their place at the games with a solid performance at the Archery World Championships in 2019. Though they are a formidable team, if one was to be placing a bet on which of the Indian archers would be bringing home a medal, they might be safest putting their money on Deepika Kumari this year.
India doesn’t currently have a great track record at the equestrian element of the Olympic Games. Though we breed some fabulous racehorses and are home to plenty of incredible jockeys and trainers, our horses’ strengths don’t seem to translate well to the events at the Olympics. On the racetrack, an Indian thoroughbred is a formidable beast, but in the dressage arena, the same cannot always be said. However, this year Fouaad Mirza has ended a two-decade-long wait to see an Indian qualify for the equestrian events.
Fouaad Mirza will likely be taking his horse Dajara 4 to the events, which may be a controversial decision, with his largest number of medals being won on board Seigneur Medicott. Seigneur Medicott is a reliable horse, that was previously evented by Bettina Hoy of Germany. Dependable though he is, the horse is growing older and Fouaad Mirza seems incredibly confident that his younger Mount Dajara 4 will be the one to really shine this year. Whilst Fouaad is confident that he and Dajara 4 will perform well at the Olympics, it is unlikely that they’ll be receiving the gold. He says that his focus is highlighting the sport to the nation and getting more people interested in grassroots horse riding foundations.
So, if you’re looking to place money on an equestrian event, then your money is probably better spent backing an Indian racing stable. Finding a betting site that caters specifically to India can be difficult, but AsiaBet has compiled a list of providers that can be trusted. As well as a comprehensive guide to betting on Indian horse racing, including how to read from, they also offer professional reviews of Indian sportsbook sites. Cricket, horse racing, and football are currently the sports that are best supported, but until we break the 80-year stint of failing to qualify for the Olympic football, it looks like horse racing is, quite literally, your best bet.
Though we have all the up-to-date news surrounding announcements for the Tokyo games, it is still an uncertain time for athletes. Whilst there is pressure on the organizers to cancel, it looks as though the event should still be going ahead as planned. Avinash Sable will be one athlete who is particularly delighted to hear this, as after his incredible time in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final at the World Athletics Championship in 2019, he’ll be looking to set a record again.
Back at this event in 2019, Avinash Sable clocked an incredible 8:21:37, making him the national record holder for India. Not content with this incredible show of athleticism, Avinash Sable beat his own record again this year. Not only has this incredible athlete proven that his only competition is himself, but he is also the first Indian to ever qualify for this event.