For the first time in history, nine Indian boxers will participate in the Olympics. Four pugilists, including World number one Amit Panghal got byes into the pre-quarterfinals in the draws announced yesterday. Satish Kumar, Simranjit Kaur and Lovelina Borgohain are the three other players who have received byes.
Guinea, a small African country, has pulled out of the Olympic Games, citing resurgence of Covid-19 variants. Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza, who is just 12 years old, is set to become the youngest athlete to compete in the Tokyo Games.