Six Gujarat players advance to Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics
In a remarkable achievement, six Gujarat players qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Maana Patel of Ahmedabad has qualified for the Olympics where she will represent India in the 100m backstroke. Maana is the first woman and the third to qualify for the Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23.
Maana, 21, has had more than 180 medals in her prize pool, including 25 international, 72 national and 82 state-level achievements.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani congratulated Maana on qualifying for the games on his Twitter account on Friday.
“Congratulations to Maana Patel on qualifying through the universality quota for # Tokyo2020. Backstroke swimmer Maana Patel became the first female and third Indian swimmer to qualify for # Tokyo2020.
In addition, Ankita Raina qualified for tennis and Elavenil Valarivan for shooting.
The other three women representing India have qualified for the Paralympic Games – Parul Parmar of Gandhinagar for badminton, Bhavina Patel for para table tennis and Sonal Patel for para tennis.
60 years ago, someone from Gujarat represented the country at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. Govindrao Sawant played for the Indian hockey team. Prior to that, Shankarrao Thorat represented India in wrestling at the 1936 Olympics.
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