Five air warriors to represent India in Tokyo Olympics: IAF
New Delhi/UNI: The five air warriors (four athletes and one as a referee) will be a part of the Indian contingent that will represent India in the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on Thursday.
According to IAF, it's a matter of great pride for the warriors in blue to achieve such potentials that leads to representing the national flag.
"IAF Sports has made significant progress at the national and international arenas wherein talented Air Warriors have shown their grit and determination, and have won medals at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and World Championships, thus bringing accolades for the country in the international arena," IAF said in a release.
"Over the years, IAF sportspersons have exhibited consistent improvement in their performance and there has been an increase in the number of Air Warriors becoming part of national coaching camps for international tournaments," it added.
IAF sportsmen and officials who are members of the Indian Contingent for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:
Sgt Shivpal Singh of IAF Athletics team qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021 in Javelin throw event after an effort of 85.47 meters in ACNW League at South Africa on Jan 25 last year.
Prior to this, Singh, being a member of the IAF Athletics team, created history by winning the gold medal in the Javelin throw event covering a distance of 83.33 Meters in Military World Games held at Wuhan, China in October 2019.
Sgt Noah Nirmal Tom of the IAF Athletics team qualified for Olympics 2021 at Tokyo as a member of the Indian 4X400 m mixed relay team by virtue of his performance in the IAFF World championship 2019.
JWO Deepak Kumar of the IAF Shooting team qualified for Olympics 2021 at Tokyo in 10 meters air rifle event by securing the bronze medal at the 14th Asian Shooting championship held at Doha, Qatar in Nov 2019.
Cpl Alex Antony of IAF Athletics team qualified for Olympics 2021 in 4X400 m mixed relay.
The air warrior participated in Senior Inter-State Athletics Championship held at Patiala from Jun 25 to 29 and the Indian Grand Prix-IV held at Patiala on Jun 21. By virtue of attaining the entry standards laid down by the International Association of Athletics Federation, he has secured his place at the Olympics.
MWO Ashok Kumar has been selected by United World Wrestling (UWW) as a referee to officiate in the wrestling competition of the Tokyo Olympics Games. He is the first Indian referee who would be officiating in back to back Olympic Games.