New Delhi: Tokyo Olympics 2020 was near, each and everyone was excited, preparation of athletes was on full swing. But the coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with the plans.
Many athletes planned to retire this year after the Games, but have now been forced to reschedule their plans till the completion of The Olympics in 2021.
A look at the athletes who may retire after the Tokyo Games.
MC Mary Kom
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom has announced earlier that she is likely to retire after the Tokyo Olympics.
The 37-year-old claimed the bronze medal in the flyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics and now her aim is to sign off with a gold medal.
The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri, and Arjuna awardee is also a Member of Parliament.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee has said has no plans to retire as of now. The 37-year-old Indian wrestler is adamant that he will qualify for Tokyo.
It is believed Tokyo might be his final appearance for India.
Kumar claimed the bronze medal in Beijing Olympics 2008 and silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics
The 1996 Atalanta Olympics bronze medallist has announced that 2020 would be his final year as a professional tennis player and to give his best in Tokyo.
The 46-year-old is considered as one of the greatest doubles player and has the record of most doubles win in the Davis Cup. He won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slams titles.
He also on the men’s doubles and mixed doubles at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament, and also holds the record for the most Davis Cup doubles wins with 43 victories.
The Indian professional tennis player has qualified for the Olympics.
The 40-year-old has said has no plans to retire as he wants his daughter to watch him play tennis.
He won the French Open mixed doubles final in 2017.
The Tokyo Games could be the last for one of India’s leading table tennis players.
He represented India in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and remains India’s top bet to win a TT medal. He also represented the country in the 2006 Asian Games at Qatar.
The Padma Shri, Arjuna awardee also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, though he made a first round exit in the men’s individual event. His current world rank is 41.