The disappointment that Indian shooters faced on Saturday were largely overcome by weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's silver medal in the 49kg category. Shooters Elavenil and Apurvi Chandela failed to reach the final and pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary finished seventh in the final after topping the qualifying marks. There is no doubt that the performance of India's shooting, boxing, and wrestling teams is being closely monitored at Tokyo 2020. The Tokyo Olympics is a great test for our shooters, wrestlers, and boxers. As far as pressure is concerned, the Olympic Games are very different from competitions like the World Cup. Here's where the best players share.
The Indian shooting team has immense talent and the team has a good mix of young and experienced players. Rahi Sarnobat, Apurvi Chandela in 25m Pistol, Sanjeev Rajput, and Mairaj Ahmed Khan in 50m Rifle 3 Position have also played in the Olympics in the past. On the other hand, the young shooters of the team have impressed by putting up a tremendous performance on the journey to Tokyo. As far as wrestling is concerned, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat are the best performing wrestlers. All eyes will be on them, while in boxing Amit Panghal and Mary Kom will be trying to reach the medal destination.
I sincerely hope that Saurabh Chaudhary, who has tasted the Olympic experience of 10m Air Pistol Final, will do his best in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event. He has exceptional talent and has won five World Cup assists over the years, including two golds in 2019 and 2021. However, the shooter from Meerut will have to overcome the pressure to clinch an Olympic medal. Iran's Javed Foroh, who defeated Saurabh in two World Cups, and double Olympic medalist Pang Wei know the Olympic atmosphere well. Another talented shooter for India Manu Bhaker is participating in three events 10m Air Pistol, 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team, and 25m Pistol. Rahi Sarnobat has Olympic experience and that will prove to be helpful for her. I wish the entire Indian contingent the very best for the Tokyo Olympics.