The year 2021, although marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a successful year in terms of Indian sports. An impressive performance at the Tokyo Olympics saw the nation win an unprecedented seven medals, including one gold. (More sports news)
Considering that the Tokyo 2020 event was held at such a difficult time, the achievements of the players seemed much more significant. With little to take away from the year, here’s a look at how India’s Tokyo Summer winners envision the new year 2022.
Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu said 2021 was a remarkable year and a major boost to do even better in 2022. Mirabai was out of action after Tokyo and she has a lot. of work to be done in the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.
– Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) December 31, 2021
Another Indian woman who shone at the Tokyo Olympics was PV Sindhu. Although she could have won more than a bronze medal given her big rival and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin pulled out of the event due to injury, PV Sindhu’s success made her the second Indian and the first woman to win two Olympic medals.
With major tournaments like the All England and World Tour finals set to take place in 2022, PV Sindhu aims to earn even more accolades. However, the busy badminton schedule will see Sindhu âpick and chooseâ which tournaments she wants to play. The season begins with the Indian Open.
I know we just met, but I have a feeling you and I are going to do great things!
– Pvsindhu (@ Pvsindhu1) December 31, 2021
Meanwhile, India’s silent hero at the Tokyo Olympics Ravi Kumar Dahiya has said he will continue to work as he has done so far. For the inexperienced, Ravi qualified for the final at the Tokyo Olympics last year, where he lost to two-time world champion Zavur Uguev of ROC.
Ravi has previously said he is looking to win a medal each at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in China.
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– Ravi Kumar Dahiya (@ ravidahiya60) January 1, 2022
Living up to expectations, the Indian Bajrang Punia beat the Kazakh Daulet Niyazbekov to win the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In addition to the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games this year, the star Indian wrestler will also compete in UWW Ranking events. He has already started his 26-day training camp in Moscow for the busy season ahead.
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– Bajrang Punia December 31, 2021
Manpreet Singh, who guided the Indian men’s hockey team to bronze in Tokyo, also sent everyone his best wishes for the New Year with a family photo.
– Manpreet Singh (@ manpreetpawar07) January 1, 2022
Neeraj Chopra, the star of the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics, is currently in the USA for a three-month camp. All eyes will be on the Tokyo Olympics gold medalist when he competes in the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships, and the Diamond League.
Meanwhile, Bhavani Devi, who is the first Indian fencer to compete in the Olympics, will play four World Cups in Georgia, Bulgaria, Greece and Belgium. Recalling her feat at the Olympics, Bhavani Devi shared a reel of photos calling her “one of the most memorable years” of her life.
2021 will certainly be one of the most memorable years of my life. So many years of hard work and constant support from many people in different parts of the world has paid off this year.
I will cherish all of these memories and experiences forever. pic.twitter.com/8bO0C2ehNW
– CA Bhavani Devi (@IamBhavaniDevi) December 31, 2021
As table tennis veteran Sharath Kamal wished everyone a “happy and healthy” New Year, Indian wrestling star Vinesh Phogat pledged to bounce back.
2021 is over and it has been a difficult year. For me it has been the most difficult year of my life. I started the best way, worked hard, trained harder, but didn’t get the result I hoped for. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/qoO7YCBmY8
– Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) December 31, 2021
– Sharath Kamal OLY (@ sharathkamal1) December 31, 2021
India’s top athletes have started 2022 with great determination. They are only hoping that COVID stays on the sidelines and that events go as planned.