2020 Tokyo Olympics Current Affairs - 2019

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India to participate in 2020 Olympics

India is scheduled to participate in Olympics 2020 that is to be conducted in Tokyo between 24 July 2020 and 9 August 2020. Indian athlete made their official debut in 1900 Olympics that was held in Paris. However, they appeared continuously in every edition since 1920.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, shot putter Inderjeet Singh were to participate in the Olympics in 2020. However, Inderjeet’s name was dropped after CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) handed a 4-year ban earlier in October, 2019.

CAS

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an international quasi-judicial body. Its headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The court of the body is situated in New York, Sydney. The disputes related to Olympics can only be submitted to CAS. All the Olympics international federations and National Olympic committees including India’s National anti-doping agency (NADA) have recognized the body.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

The 2020 Olympics officially known as Games of the XXXII Olympiad, a multi-sport event is to be hosted by the Tokyo city for second time. This is the second of the three consecutive Olympics that is to be held in East Asia. The first was held in 2018 in Pyeongchang County South Korea. It was the Winter Olympics and the one being held in 2020 is Summer Olympics. The next is to be held in 2022, (the Winter Olympics), in Beijing, China.

Mary Kom wins gold in President’s Cup

Six times World Champion MC Mary Kom (36) claimed gold medal at 23rd President’s Cup held in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. She defeated April Franks of Australia with 5-0 without breaking a sweat.  With this win the Olympic bronze medallist Boxer has asserted her supremacy in a lop-sided 51kg bout final.

Key Highlights

The 36-year-old Indian boxer claimed her 6th world title in 2018 in New Delhi.  In May 2019 she had also won a gold medal at India Open boxing tournament.

She will now be looking to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2019 World Boxing Championships for women which will be held from September 7 to 21 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.