Top Indian archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari have started training in Tokyo ahead of the Olympics, approximately a day after they landed in Japan. A big chunk of the Indian contingent for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics took the flight to Tokyo on July 17 and safely checked into the Games village.
It has been a long and protracted wait for the athletes, with the Olympics postponed by a whole one year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the time has finally arrived. A chunk of the Indian contingent for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics that included 88 athletes took-off for the host city from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in Delhi on July 17.
Each of the qualified athletes underwent Covid-19 tests and the results returned negative. Following which they safely reached Tokyo and checked into the Games village. Indian top archers Atanu Das and Deepika - both potential medal candidates - have started their training in the host city ahead of the Olympics. Both of them had a great build-up to the Games, having won a gold medal in their respective individual categories at the Archery World Cup, in June.
Archery is one of the few disciplines where Indians have shown promise but failed to bag a medal. However, things are expected to change in the upcoming edition, with Indian fielding a strong contingent that also includes veteran Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav. The Archery events at the Olympics will kick-start on July 23, with India set to feature in the Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual, Men’s Team, and Mixed Team events.