Tokyo Olympics: Sachin Tendulkar Tells Tokyo-Bound Track And Field Athletes “To Go For The Medal”


Tokyo Olympics: India have high hopes from javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.© Twitter

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday urged India’s 26-member strong athletics squad for Tokyo Olympics to enjoy the pressure and not be bogged down by it throughout the Games as he joined the Athletics Federation of India in giving them an online send-off. In the virtual event, Tendulkar told them to chase the dream of winning an Olympic medal relentlessly. “A large number of people say there is win or loss in sport but my message is that the loss will have to be for your opponent and the win for you. You will have to go for the medal,” Tendulkar said.

“Don’t stop chasing your dream and the dream will have to be the medal around your neck, National Anthem playing and the tri-colour flying high,” he added.

The track and field contingent will have 47 members, including 26 athletes. There will be 11 coaches, eight fortify staff, one team doctor and one team leader.

The contingent leaves for Tokyo on July 23. Tendulkar said pressure is an athlete’s companion in all sports and it will be important to channelise it into a better performance.


“Expectation of people has grown as a result of your improved performance. That may be a good object. I had at all times enjoyed pressure or expectation from the people. You must change it to positive energy,” he said.

The athletics events will be held from July 30 to August 8 and India’s hopes are being primarily from javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.

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