The remarkable contribution of Northeast in Tokyo Olympics 2020

Dipa Roy

Olympic Games are celebrated every four to respect the ancient origins of the Olympic Games. The four-year gap between the Ancient Games editions was named an “Olympiad”. All of us know that the Olympics in 2020 was on hold due to the coronavirus threat. Now in 2021, Tokyo Olympic 2020 is being raised and players from the world are taking part in the Olympics. Like other countries, 34 players took part in this game from India. More than 100 Indian athletes take part in the Tokyo Olympics including two relay and two hockey teams.

 In, between them eight Olympians from the Northeast region of India representing the country at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. There are five athletes are from Manipur and one each from Assam, Mizoram, and Sikkim, representing India in Tokyo. Manipur’s P Sushila Chanu (hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (hockey), Shushila Likmabam (judo), MC Mary Kom (boxing), and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting) will compete at the Tokyo Olympics, which starts from July 23. Boxer Lovlina Borgohain is from Assam, hockey star Lalremsiami is from Mizoram and Tarundeep Rai from Sikkim will also participate in the Olympics from the region.

Till Day 15, India bagged a total of 7 medals and hold 48 ranks. Out of 7 medals, 3 medals come from northeast India. Manipuri weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu grabbed the silver medal in the 40kgs weightlifting category. Also, She won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, silver at Glasgow in 2014, and Gold at the World Championships in 2017 in the 48 kg category.

Lovlina Borgohain from Assam won the Bronze one in the 69kg welterweight category. She is only 23 years old. She has won bronze medals at the 2018 and 2019 AIBA Boxing Championships as well as the Asian Championships.

And the other medalist Nilakanta Sharma from Manipur gave his presence for grabbing Bronze for the men’s hockey team. They beat Germany by 5-4 to win their first hockey medal in 41 years. Sharma first made his national debut back in 2014 for the junior team at the Sultan of Johor Hockey cup. He was selected for the 2016 men’s Junior Hockey World Cup team that went on to be the victors of the tournament.

Manipuri legend boxer MC Mary Kom’s exit was quite unfortunate and controversial too. Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom’s (51kg) pursuit of a second Olympic medal ended in the pre-quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games. She went down to Valencia in a fiercely-fought showdown on Thursday but the funny part was Mary Kom had won two of the three rounds.

Lalremsiami is an Indian hockey player from Mizoram. She plays as a forward for the Indian national team. In this Olympics, her team came close to winning their maiden Olympic medal but in the end, they finished their journey to lose against Great Britain by 3-4 in a close bronze play-off match. One of her teammate Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu is also from northeast India. Sushila Chanu is a former captain of the Indian national team. She is from Manipur.

Another participant from Northeast India is Shushila Likmabam. She is an Indian judoka and won the silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the judo at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. But this time she can’t make it, she finished her journey in Round of 32 of Women’s 48kg category.

The last one from Northeast India is Tarundeep Rai. He is an Indian archer from Sikkim. He debuts in international archery at the age of 19 years and first took part in the Olympics back in 2004. In this Olympics, there was a high chance for him but unfortunately, he finished it in 4th position.