There’s no denying that a country’s progress is significantly impacted by sports. After all, sports does have the power to change lives. And when a field like sports, a once male-dominated bastion, becomes inclusive, it speaks volumes to just how progressive a nation can be. What’s more, with more women to take up various sports, it’s refreshing to witness just how the Summer Olympics have benefited from the gender diversity. And India stands at the top of this gender diversity list. According to reports, India will have its highest female contingent at the highly-anticipated international sporting event.
Making the Tokyo 2020 Olympics something to go down in history, India will see 56 female athletes participating, making it the largest female contingent at the Summer Games. This is indeed a much-needed step towards attaining gender diversity in the field of sports.
Among the athletes representing India, we will see big-name sportswomen like PV Sindhu, Mary Kom, Deepika Kumari, Chanu Saikom Mirabai, Vinesh Phogat, Bhavani Devi, Sushila Devi, and Pranati Nayak, to name a few.
India will see the following numbers of participants under various sporting events:
Archery: 1, Athletics: 9, Badminton: 1, Boxing: 4, Fencing: 1, Golf: 1, Gymnastics: 1, Hockey: 19, Judo: 1, Sailing: 1, Shooting: 7, Swimming: 1, Table Tennis: 2, Tennis: 2, Weightlifting: 1, and Wrestling: 4.