India’s highest-ranked golfer, Aditi Ashok, will compete in her second consecutive Tokyo Olympics next month, finishing 45th on the qualifiers released on Tuesday.
Thus, Aditi joined Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane to become a team of three in Tokyo. Lahiri, like Aditi, will take part in his second consecutive games after Rio, 2016. Aditi and Lahiri are on the first list of 60 players, some of whom are likely to miss the games.
“I’m still thinking about Rio 2016, as it was yesterday. Having the honor of playing for India is beyond exciting. I’m privileged to have the opportunity to represent my country and my sport at the games again,” the golfer tweeted.
Even when Aditi appears in the first list, Diksha Dagar also appears in the second list as the fifth reserve in case of some specific withdrawals. Diksha, who lost to Tvesa Malik until last week, overtook the latter with a quarter-final finish in an event in the Czech Republic.
Manet made the dismissal after the withdrawal of Emiliano Grillo from Argentina. His entry will be confirmed on July 6 by the IGF and until then it will be known who will withdraw from the women’s section.
As a fifth reserve, Diksha will need many permutations and combinations to get a nod. In a rather complex system for replenishing reserves for specific draws, simply withdrawing five players may not be enough.
The next step is for the International Golf Federation (IGF) to send a confirmation of qualified athletes to the National Olympic Committees.
The NCAs will then confirm the use of the allocated IGF allowances by 1 July, and the IGF will reallocate all unused allowances before the deadline for participation in sport in Tokyo 2020 on 5 July.
The men’s Olympic golf competition will be held at the Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29 to August 2, while the women will play on the same course a week later from August 4 to 7. It will be a four-round affair with 72 holes without cuts for beginners.