Olympic 2020 is set to take place in Tokyo along with Paralympics. More than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to contest various games in the multi-sports events. With additions to certain games of Paralympics and Olympics, Tokyo Olympics will live up to its standard. This is not the first time Tokyo has held Olympics, but 2020 games will see the inclusion of baseball, softball, karate, surfing, sport climbing, and skateboarding in the final list of games. The fervor surrounding the events is already brimming up and people are getting ready to witness one of the best sporting events in the world.
This Japanese athlete scored a record number of medals in 2018 during Asian games. Having 6 gold medals won in the Asian games, Rikako is considered to be a potential gold medallist in the Olympics. She is the first Japanese to win 5 titles in the national championship. The 18-year-old will be competing in the 2020 Olympics and pin for her long-desired gold in the Olympic games.
Dinara runs a chess academy in Kazakhstan. She won her World Youth Chess Championships title in 2010 under the age of 14 category and was selected as the ambassador of the UN Children’s Fund 2017. She is a 4-time world champion of Chess and has been playing the game since she was 5-year old.
The Indonesian athlete is nicknamed spider woman due to her victory in the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) cup in 2018. She also won a gold medal in speed climbing in Asian games held in 2018. 24-year old Muslim Athlete created history during her IFSC cup by climbing a 15-meter wall in 7.51 seconds.
Mary Kom has been awarded as the best female Asian athlete. Known by her ring name MC Mary KOM, she is the only woman who has managed to pull off a medal in each of the championships. Hailing from India, Mary has remained a five-time world boxing champion.
Mao Asada is a three-time world champion is Figure Skating. Originally from Japan, the 29-year old athlete has been a four-time Grand Prix champion and an Olympic silver medallist in 2010. She started skating at the age of 5 and went on from regional clubs until she made her debut in the international and national skating championships.
17-year old Gaurika has held many national championships in swimming from Nepal. She has two silver and three bronze medals in the South Asian games of 2016. Apart from that Singh has four gold medals in South Asian Games that were held in Nepal.
Saina is a well-known name in India. She has got 24 medals in her bowl as well as reaching no 2 in 2009. Very well known for her badminton skills, the 29-year old athlete from India reached her no 1 spot in 2015. She is the only female Indian athlete to achieve that position.
27-year old Lu Minja is from China. She has international as well as national championships in her career. She represented China in Asian games of 2010 and 2014. Also was the winner of the National games of china held in 2009. She is a track and field athlete and has won a gold medal at Asian Indoor Athletics Championship in 2012, and the 2015 Asian Athletics championship.
Christy Yiu Kit-Ching:
Ching is an athlete from Hong Kong. The 32-year old athlete has a record-breaking career in long-distance running. She participated in the world championship held in China and the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janerio. You set a new personal record in the marathon running in the Olympic games held in Rio De Janerio.
Asia has no dearth of Athletes from Sania Nehwal to Son Heung-Min, but this year’s Olympics will see new faces being introduced in the gaming arena. Among the thousands of athletes, new records are meant to be broken or set right, but as far as sportsmanship is concerned, with more and more nations spending tons of money to train their players for the competition, standard of the gaming performance should be left to our imaginations. Be it Track and field or swimming, one thing can be guaranteed that the enthusiasm games have will continue to be maintained.