Indian judoka Sushila Devi Likbabam has won a tough draw at the Tokyo Games as she opens her first Olympic campaign against 2012 bronze medalist in London Eva Chernovichki of Hungary in the round of 16, here on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is India’s only judo representative at the Tokyo Olympics and will face home favorite Funa Tonaki, the 2017 world champion, if he manages to cross the hurdle.
Sushila, who competes in the 48kg category, qualifies for her first games through a continental quota.
She had lost in the first round of the World Cup in Budapest, but still reached the Olympics after Asia won 10 continental slots and was seventh with 989 points.
Sushila exploded on stage after taking silver at the 2014 British Community Games in Glasgow. She was part of an Indian team that was forced to withdraw from the Olympic qualifiers for Asia and Oceania in Bishkek in April this year after two competitors tested positive for COVID-19.