The Indian Air Force after a gap of 25 years has included five air warriors in the Indian contingent (four as competitors and one as referee) to perform for the country in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021, surpassing players from other countries and bringing home medals. I am proud to announce that. It is a matter of great pride for the warriors of the Air Force to have such an ability to represent the National Flag.
IAF Sports has made significant strides in the national and international arena, with talented air warriors showing their grit and determination and winning medals in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cups, and World Championships, thus bringing laurels to the country at the international level. has been praised. Over the years, IAF players have steadily improved their performance and there has been an increase in the number of air warriors becoming part of national coaching camps for international tournaments.
The following sportspersons and officers of the Indian Air Force are the members of the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics 2021:-
IAF Athletics team Sergeant Shivpal Singh qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021 in the javelin throw event after securing 85.47m in ACNW League in South Africa on 25 January 2020. Earlier, Sergeant Shivpal Singh was a member of IAF Athletics. The team created history by winning a gold medal in the javelin throw event covering a distance of 83.33 meters at the Military World Games held in Wuhan, China in October 2019.
IAF Athletics team Sergeant Noah Nirmal Tom qualified as a member of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo based on his performance at the IAFF World Championships 2019.
IAF Shooting Team’s JWO Deepak Kumar qualified for the Olympics 2021 in Tokyo in the 10m air rifle event by winning a bronze medal at the 14th Asian Shooting Championships held in Doha, Qatar in November 2019.
IAF Athletics team Corporal Alex Antony qualified for Olympics 2021 in the 4X400m mixed relay. This air warrior participated in the Senior Inter-State Athletics Championships held at Patiala from 25th June to 29th June 2021 and Indian Grand Prix-IV held at Patiala on 21st June. It has secured its place in the Olympics on the basis of achieving the entry standards set by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
MWO Ashok Kumar has been selected by United World Wrestling (UWW) as a referee to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games wrestling competition. He is the first Indian referee to officiate in successive Olympic Games.