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Only women have topped the podium from Rio until Tokyo’s first week.

The tale of India at Tokyo 2020 revolves around the charge of Indian women athletes, who won five medals out of five in the last one-and-a-half Olympics.

In comparison to the eight men and their nine medals from the last 25 years at the Olympic Games, India now has seven women with eight medals. Seven of the women’s medals were won in London, Rio, and Tokyo’s first week. PV Sindhu has already tied Sushil Kumar for the most double Olympic medals. After winning bronze in 2016, the incumbent World Champion would have no part in India’s fourth-place wailing.

The tale of India at Tokyo 2020 revolves around the charge of Indian women athletes, who won five medals out of five in the last one-and-a-half Olympics.

The Australian women’s hockey team was held at bay and advanced to the semifinals. Mirabai Chanu struggled for five years to keep her unbalanced feet still while lifting 87kg in a single motion. Lovlina Borgohain appeared tall, rangy, and athletic in the ring as she walked the front row during the opening ceremony. Bhavani Devi dabbled in sabre fencing, while Manika Batra tried to push Indian table tennis forward by a hair’s breadth.

Sakshi Malik, a wrestler, earned the first of those five at Rio 2016. It happened after a period of 12 days without a medal. India’s first female wrestling medalist says it took a handful of month-long training stints in Spain when she was a debutant at the Games.

“Just being in the presence of brilliance in your sport may give you a boost and make you feel like you belong. “Giving women the opportunity to compete at a high level is crucial,” Sakshi adds. “Imagine being offered these opportunity on a regular basis. You’ll be astonished at how far they’ll go.”

“Typically, in contact sports, young girls came up against familiar rivals: “They said ‘kaisi ladki hai jo ladkon ke saath kushti karti hai (What kind of girl wrestles with boys).No one will marry her since she has malformed ears and an unfeminine body. My parents, on the other hand, told me the exact opposite. They thought I was a natural athlete. The strengthening was sufficient, she says.

When ambition meets opportunity, magic happens.
The maturity levels of female athletes, who have better cognitive capacities, have benefited Indian sport, particularly in tactical sports. While outliers like Sindhu (tall, powerful, worked hard on agility) can match physical competition requirements, India’s female medalists have showed amazing adaptability in sticking to their gold aspirations.

“Women are motivated, therefore they put in a lot of effort in the gym. However, with the help of coaches, physiotherapists, and nutritionists, the route to a medal becomes quite obvious. Then, like me, you’ll be able to travel to the Olympics feeling courageous and supported, while being appreciative of competition without becoming overwhelmed.

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