Note: The article has been updated to reflect the late entry of tennis player Sumit Nagal.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, delayed by a year, finally gets underway in Japan on 23 July and India will have a record total of 120 athletes in their official contingent.

India’s record for their largest contingent, which was set at the Rio Olympics, has officially been improved by two. A total of 117 athletes had been a part of Rio 2016, where India returned with two medals.

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India will be sending a 228-strong contingent (including the officials) to the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra had said in an interaction on Tuesday, 13 July.

Out of the 120 athletes, 68 are male and 52 are female participants. The average age of the Indian contingent is 26.98 years. The oldest among the lot will be the 45-year-old Mairaj Ahmed Khan (men’s skeet shooting). There are two other athletes in their 40s in Tejaswini Sawant and Sanjeev Rajput (both 40, rifle 3-positions) with table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal following suit at 39. Rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar is the youngest among the 119 at 18, while the contingent has six 19-year-olds, including pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker.

Looking to improve on their record of one silver and one bronze from the last edition at Rio, India’s campaign will begin on the first day (23 July) with the archery qualification rounds. Rowing is also on the schedule for opening day (Indians on 24 July) before the ceremony takes place in the evening where veteran boxer MC Mary Kom and men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh will be the flagbearers for India.

Here’s a look at the full list, broken down by the events:

India's entries for Tokyo 2020

Discipline Female Male Total
Archery 1 3 4
Artistic Gymnastics 1 0 1
Athletics 8 17 25
Badminton 1 3 4
Boxing 4 5 9
Equestrian 0 1 1
Fencing 1 0 1
Golf 1 2 3
Hockey 16 16 32
Judo 1 0 1
Rowing 0 2 2
Sailing 1 3 4
Shooting 7 8 15
Swimming 1 2 3
Table Tennis 2 2 4
Tennis 2 1 3
Weightlifting 1 0 1
Wrestling 4 3 7
Total 52 68 120

Archery

Recently crowned world No 1, Deepika Kumari will look to end her long wait for an Olympics medal in Tokyo. She has been in great form on the World Cup circuit in 2021 and returned to the top spot following her hat-trick of gold medals at the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris. The 27-year-old from Ranchi, who had achieved the top spot for the first time in 2012, claimed gold medals in three recurve events – women’s individual, team and mixed pair in Paris. She also won the team and individual events in the first World Cup of the year in Guatemala.

The Koreans, who are undisputed champions of the event at Olympics, were missing in action at the World Cups so their presence will make things trickier for Kumari. But on her day, she can still compete with the best and she will be hoping for the luck of draw too.

Kumari will be the sole female archer in the fray as the women’s team missed out on a quota in Paris recently while the men had earned theirs earlier. The mixed team event is making its Olympics debut in Tokyo and the pair of Kumari and Atanu Das will have a chance to impress should they do well in the qualification rounds as expected.

Event Name Age
Men's Individual Atanu Das 29
Men's Individual Pravin Ramesh Jadhav  25
Men's Individual Tarundeep Rai  37
Women's Individual Deepika Kumari  27
Men's Team Atanu Das  29
Pravin Ramesh Jadhav 25
Tarundeep Rai  37
Mixed team Deepika Kumari  / TBD*
*Based on qualification rounds

Artistic Gymnastics

Event Name Age
Women's Artistic Gymnastics Pranati Nayak  26

Athletics

All eyes will be on Neeraj Chopra who is seen as India’s brightest prospect to end the country’s long wait for a first Olympic medal in athletics. Independent India has never won a medal at the track and field events in Olympic Games with Milkha Singh and PT Usha coming heartbreakingly close in the past.

Chopra, who has been in Europe ahead of Tokyo, recently won bronze at the Kuortane Games event in Finland with a performance of 86.79m in a star-studded field comprising, among others, Olympic favourite German Johannes Vetter, who won the event with a massive throw of 93.59m.


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Event Name Age
Men's 3000m Steeplechase Avinash Mukund Sable  26
Men's 400m Hurdles MP Jabir 25
Men's Long Jump M Sreeshankar 22
Men's Shot Put Tajinderpal Singh Toor  26
Men's Javelin Throw Neeraj Chopra 23
Men's Javelin Throw Shivpal Singh  26
Men's 20km Race Walk KT Irfan 31
Men's 20km Race Walk Sandeep Kumar  35
Men's 20km Race Walk Rahul 25
Men's 50km Race Walk Gurpreet Singh  37
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Amoj Jacob  23
P Naganathan 25
Arokia Rajiv  30
Noah Nirmal Tom  26
Muhammed Anas Yahiya  26
Women's 100m Dutee Chand  25
Women's 200m Dutee Chand 25
Women's Discus Throw Kamalpreet Kaur  25
Women's Discus Throw Seema Punia  37
Women's Javelin Throw Annu Rani  28
Women's 20km Race Walk Bhawna Jat  25
Women's 20km Race Walk Priyanka  25
4 x 400m Relay Mixed Alex Antony  26
Sarthak Bhambri  22
Revathi Veeramani  23
Subha Venkatesan  21

Badminton

Saina Nehwal in 2012 and PV Sindhu in 2016 gave the country moments of joy in a sport where India are considered among the powerhouses. The contingent has shrunk in size from Rio with Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy, Ashwini Ponnappa among the star names to miss out. But with reigning World Champion Sindhu and world championship bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth, along with rising doubles stars Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, there are expectations of completing a hat-trick in Tokyo.

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Event Name Age
Men's Singles B Sai Praneeth 28
Women's Singles PV Sindhu 26
Men's Doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy  20
Chirag Shetty  24

Boxing

Boxing resulted in medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and after drawing a blank in Rio despite big expectations, the hope from the Indian boxing contingent, which features a record nine pugilists, is still high.

For 2020, all eyes will be on MC Mary Kom and Amit Panghal, who have been in fine form on the circuit.

Panghal (52kg) described his recent silver-winning performance at the Asian Championships as the best of his career so far. The 25-year-old boxer from Haryana was the defending champion before he lost to an old nemesis, Uzbekistan’s reigning world and Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in the final of the event in Dubai. But that performance should augur well for a boxer considered among the best in his weight class.

Six-time boxing world champion and 2012 bronze medallist, Mary Kom returns to the Games after missing out in 2016. She is one of the two flagbearers for the contingent at the Olympics opening ceremony. The Olympics gold is one of the medals missing from her decorated cabinet and she will be looking to go the distance.

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Event Name Age
Men's Fly (48-52kg) Amit Panghal 25
Men's Light (57-63kg) Manish Kaushik  25
Men's Welter (63-69kg) Vikas Krishan Yadav 29
Men's Middle (69-75kg) Ashish Kumar  27
Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) Satish Kumar 32
Women's Fly (48-51kg) MC Mary Kom 38
Women's Light (57-60kg) Simranjit Kaur Baatth  26
Women's Welter (64-69kg) Lovlina Borgohain 23
Women's Middle (69-75kg) Pooja Rani 30

Equestrian

Fouaad Mirza is only the third Indian equestrian after Indrajit Lamba and Imtiaz Anees to secure an individual spot in Eventing at the Olympic Games. Anees was the last to make the cut for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a wildcard.

Mirza, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games ending a 36-year-old medal drought, has picked Dajara 4 as his horse over his other experienced horse Seigneur Medicott. He had ended India’s 36-year-old medal drought at the Asian Games by winning a silver at Jakarta 2018 astride Medicott, who later sustained an injury.

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Event Name Age
Eventing Individual Fouaad Mirza  29

Fencing

CA Bhavani Devi created history when she became the first ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The sabre fencer secured a spot through the World Cup in Hungary after the hosts lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, allowing South Korea to progress to the semi-final. As a result, Bhavani Devi qualified through the Adjusted Official Ranking method.

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Event Name Age
Women's Sabre Individual CA Bhavani Devi 27

Golf

Event Name Age
Men's Individual Stroke Play Anirban Lahiri  34
Men's Individual Stroke Play Udayan Mane  30
Women's Individual Stroke Play Aditi Ashok  23

Hockey

Well, the wait has to end sometime doesn’t it? India’s hockey history is the most glorious at the Olympic Games, with the team winning eight gold medals in the men’s event (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980). But the sport that is so entrenched in the country’s history has not featured in a podium finish since 1980. The men’s team will go into the Olympics hoping to end that long wait.

For the Indian women’s hockey team, qualifying for Rio Olympics in 2016 was a dream. It put an end to a 36-year wait to reach the showpiece event. But the campaign was a reality check. The team has bounced back since and it’s the first time Indian women have made it to back-to-back Olympic Games in their history.

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Event Name Age
Men's Hockey Surender Kumar  27
Birendra Lakra  31
PR Sreejesh 33
Vivek Sagar Prasad  21
Amit Rohidas  28
Nilakanta Sharma  26
Dilpreet Singh  21
Gurjant Singh  26
Hardik Singh  22
Harmanpreet Singh  25
Mandeep Singh  26
Manpreet Singh  29
Rupinder Pal Singh 30
Shamsher Singh  23
Sumit 24
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay  27
Women's Hockey Sharmila Devi  19
Deep Grace Ekka 27
Vandana Katariya  29
Gurjit Kaur  25
Navjot Kaur  26
Navneet Kaur 25
Lalremsiami 21
Monika Malik 27
Neha Goyal 24
Nisha Warsi 26
Nikki Pradhan  27
Sushila Chanu 29
Rani Rampal 26
Savita Punia 31
Salima Tete  19
Udita Duhan 23

Judo

Event Name Age
Women -48 kg Shushila Devi Likmabam  26

Rowing

Event Name Age
Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Jat Arjun Lal  24
Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Arvind Singh 25

Sailing

India will compete in more than one sailing event in an Olympics for the first time in their history. Nethra Kumanan, the first ever Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Games, will be joined by Vishnu Saravanan in Laser STD Class. KC Ganapathy-Varun Thakkar earned their spot in the 49er class event. The quotas came from Asian Qualifier event in Oman recently. It’s the maximum number of sailors qualified and also in number of events.

There were four instances of two Indian sailors qualifying for the Olympics earlier but they took part in the same event.

Event Name Age
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser Vishnu Saravanan  22
Men's Skiff - 49er KC Ganapathy 25
Men's Skiff - 49er Varun Thakkar  26
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial Nethra Kumanan  23

Shooting

Arguably, India’s biggest hope for multiple medals at Tokyo 2020, the shooting squad features a mix of teenagers and veterans. The shooters were in sensational form in the Olympic cycle, with medals galore in the ISSF World Cups.

The world No 1 in her category, Elavenil Valarivan was included in a 15-member Indian shooting contingent for Tokyo while Manu Bhaker is slated to represent the country in three events.

Bhaker will be fielded in both the women’s 25m pistol alongside the experienced Rahi Sarnobat and in her pet 10m air pistol event with Yashaswini Singh Deswal. She will also partner Saurabh Chaudhary in the mixed team event, where they have had a stellar run at the World Cups. Chaudhary too starts as one of the medal favourites in both his events.

Read more about the Indian shooting squad here.

Event Name Age
10m Air Rifle Men Deepak Kumar  33
10m Air Rifle Men Divyansh Singh Panwar  18
50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Sanjeev Rajput  40
50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar  20
10m Air Pistol Men Saurabh Chaudhary 19
10m Air Pistol Men Abhishek Verma  31
Skeet Men Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 25
Skeet Men Mairaj Ahmad Khan  45
10m Air Rifle Women Apurvi Chandela  28
10m Air Rifle Women Elavenil Valarivan  21
50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Anjum Moudgil  27
50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Tejaswini Sawant  40
10m Air Pistol Women Manu Bhaker  19
10m Air Pistol Women Yashaswini Singh Deswal  24
25m Pistol Women Manu Bhaker  19
25m Pistol Women Rahi Sarnobat 30
10m Air Rifle Mixed Team* Divyansh Singh Panwar
Elavenil Valarivan 
10m Air Rifle Mixed Team* Deepak Kumar
Anjum Moudgil  
10m Air Pistol Mixed Team* Saurabh Chaudhary
Manu Bhaker  
10m Air Pistol Mixed Team* Abhishek Verma
Yashaswini Singh Deswal 
*Events / teams not confirmed on the official site yet, this is as per India's original selection (The pistol and rifle teams had been swapped originally, the error has been rectified)

Swimming

Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash achieved Olympic Qualification Timing (OQT) ‘A’ level timings recently to create history for Indian swimming. The 27-year-old Prakash clocked 1:56:38 seconds in the men’s 200m butterfly event in Rome to become the first ever Indian swimmer to earn a direct Olympic qualification. Later, Srihari Natraj officially booked himself a Tokyo Olympics berth after the sport’s world governing body FINA approved his ‘A’ standard qualification time in the men’s 100m backstroke time trial at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome.

Maana Patel’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics was confirmed through Universality quota and will take part in the 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Games.

Event Name Age
Women's 100m Backstroke Maana Patel 21
Men's 200m Freestyle Sajan Prakash  27
Men's 100m Backstroke Srihari Nataraj  20
Men's 100m Butterfly Sajan Prakash  27
Men's 200m Butterfly Sajan Prakash  27

Table Tennis

Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, G Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee earned themselves singles qualification at the Tokyo Olympics from the Asian Olympic Qualification event in Doha earlier this year. The biggest quota news came from Sharath and Batra, who stunned the top seeds in the mixed doubles. While Sathiyan and Sutirtha emerged winners in their respective categories of the South Asian Group for their assured quota spots, Sharath and Batra sealed Tokyo berths by virtue of being the highest-ranked second-placed players.

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Event Name Age
Men's Singles Achanta Sharath Kamal 39
Men's Singles Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 28
Women's Singles Manika Batra 26
Women's Singles Sutirtha Mukherjee  25
Mixed Doubles Achanta Sharath Kamal 39
Manika Batra 26

Tennis

Tennis is an event that has been the source of either success or heartbreaks at the Olympic Games since the turn of century. While Leander Paes brought joy to a nation devoid of success at the Games since Moscow 1980 with his bronze in 1996, since then there have been heartbreaks in the doubles events. Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna both came close but fell just short. This time around, there’s been disappointment even before the Games start as only one event will feature Indians.

(Update on 18 July: After withdrawals in the event, Sumit Nagal was added to India’s entries in tennis.)

Event Name Age
Women's Doubles Sania Mirza  34
Ankita Raina  28
Men's singles Sumit Nagal 23

Weightlifting

Former world champion Mirabai Chanu is one of India’s early medal hopes. Events have been hard to come by but Chanu bagged the bronze medal in the recently-concluded Asian Championship by lifting 86kg in snatch and a world record of 119kg in clean and jerk for a total of 205kg.

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Event Name Age
Women's 49kg Mirabai Chanu Saikhom 26

Wrestling

Since Beijing 2008, Indian wrestlers have won Olympic medals at every edition. And once again, there will be plenty of hopes riding on the grapplers in Tokyo.

Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar are seeded in their respective categories.

Star female wrestler Vinesh, who has clinched gold medals in all the events she has taken part in 2021, is the top seed in the 53kg category ahead of local favourite Mayu Mukaida of Japan. Both Bajrang and Deepak have been seeded second in the 65kg and 86kg category while Ravi has been seeded fourth in the 57kg.

India had earned eight quota spots but one had to be forfeited because of a positive doping test returned by Sumit Malik.

Event Name Age
Women's Freestyle 50kg Seema Bisla 28
Women's Freestyle 53kg Vinesh Phogat 26
Women's Freestyle 57kg Anshu Malik 19
Women's Freestyle 62kg Sonam Malik 19
Men's Freestyle 57kg Ravi Kumar 23
Men's Freestyle 65kg Bajrang Punia 27
Men's Freestyle 86kg Deepak Punia 22

All data as confirmed by the Tokyo 2020 official website

(With PTI inputs)