Neeraj Chopra threw 87.58m to win the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw.©TSWT
Every year on June 23, World Olympic Day or International Olympic Day is commemorated to celebrate sport, health and community well-being. Since the concept of World Olympic Day was confirmed at the 42nd IOC Session in St. Moritz, June 23 has been synonymous with the celebration of grassroots sports around the world. The theme for this year’s World Olympic Day is “Together for a Peaceful World”, which emphasizes uniting people for peace and building a better world.
The 32nd Summer Olympics was held in Tokyo, Japan in 2021, a year later due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the world. The next Olympic Games will be hosted by Paris in 2024.
At the Tokyo Olympics, India won a total of seven medals, including a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw, to finish 48th in total medals.
Neeraj Chopra shot 87.58m to win India’s first gold medal since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where Abhinav Bindra won the 10m air rifle event.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Kumar Dahiya won a silver medal each in the women’s weightlifting 49 kg category and the men’s wrestling 57 kg category, respectively.
India’s men’s hockey team also ended a long wait for an Olympics medal, beating Germany 5-4 in a thrilling bronze medal match.
Indian commuter PV Sindhu won her second Olympic medal after beating China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal qualifier.
She also won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Lovlina Borgohain (boxing) and Bajrang Punia (wrestling) also won a bronze medal each to conclude India’s richest medal streak ever.
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