A gold, two silvers, and four bronze medals, several close calls, and a million memories of them all, Tokyo 2020, so nearly didn’t happen, but when it did, it brought all of us so much joy, no more than Neeraj Chopra and his gold medal.
Tokyo 2020 formally comes to a close tomorrow, but for India today was the final day of its athletes in action. The nation recorded its best haul of medals from a Summer Games – surpassing the six it had won at the London 2012. And there have been a few new stars who have emerged in Tokyo.
Sure, there will be a few disappointments. Some near misses, and some questions, and some thoughts of what if! But right now, it is just to reflect on the success, because the reflection and lessons to be learnt from Tokyo will come in due course.
Neeraj Chopra taking the gold in javelin throw, certainly brings about a joyous and golden end to the proceedings. As the final day began, India stood on the cusp of possibly three medals, and although only two of those materialized eventually, there was no shortage of drama & excitement for Indian fans.
In addition to Chopra’s gold, Tokyo 2020 brought Chanu’s silver in weightlifting as well as Dahiya’s silver in wrestling. There were bronze medals from Sindhu, Lovlina, Punia and the heroic men’s hockey team. And there were heartbreaks too, the women’s hockey team, Aditi Ashok in golf, Mary Kom’s shock defeat in boxing amongst others.
Some would also count the disappointments, possibly in shooting and archery! But in the end, the Tokyo 2020 games have given us so much joy and reminded us of the potential that sport has in uniting a nation and healing the world.
And while some may have missed their chance here in Tokyo, the good news is that Paris is just three years away.