GIA wishes Olympians All the Best

The Golf Industry Association wishes India’s star golfers 23 year old Aditi Ashok, Anirban Lahiri (34) and Udayan Mane (30) all the best for the Olympic Golf Tournament. In two weeks they will tee off for the Indian tri-colour at the sporting world’s mega quadrennial event. 

Previously, at Rio 2016 Olympic Games too, team India had fielded three golfers where SSP Chowrasia had joined Aditi and Anirban. 

There in Rio, the 18-year-old Aditi, the youngest player in the field, became an overnight Olympic star as she was co-leading the event during the second round, eventually finishing 41st . She and Anirban hope to build on their Rio experience to perform at the top of their games this time around. 

As was the case in Rio, this year too there will be a total of 60 athletes each in both Men’s golf and Women’s golf events. All 120 golf Olympians at Tokyo 2020 have qualified for the Games via Olympic Golf Rankings announced by the International Golf Federation in both Men’s and Women’s categories. 

 

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Golf – When and Where to Watch

Schedule of Men’s event:

Dates – Thursday, 29 July to Sunday, 1 August 2021 

Time – 4 am to 12:30 pm IST

Venue – Kasumigaseki Country Club 

Schedule of Women’s event:

Dates – Wednesday, 4 August to Saturday, 7 August 2021 

Time – 4 am to 12:30 pm IST

Venue – Kasumigaseki Country Club 

Where to watch:  TV – Sony Pictures Networks   |   Digital – SonyLIV

Format: Individual Stroke Play


Chikkarangappa is Tokyo bound too, here’s how:27-year-old Bengaluru boy Chikkarangappa S is all set to join the Indian golf team at Tokyo 2020 for his first Olympic experience, not as a playing member but as a caddy for his long-time friend and professional senior Anirban Lahiri. 

“Having my dear friend, my little brother Chikkarangappa caddying for me is something that I’m looking forward to. We are all just students, motivated with the same goal, which is to bring glory to our country,” Lahiri was quoted saying by PTI.

Having missed out on making the cut off list for the Summer Games himself due to lack of playing opportunities on the PGTI Tour or Asian Tour, Chikkarangappa has lapped up the opportunity in his stride. Chikkarangappa is currently ranked second on the PGTI Order of Merit list with one win and six Top 10s under his belt in 2021. 


Jeev and Nonita turn down IOA nominations for Tokyo 2020

Two of Indian golf’s greatest players – Jeev Milkha Singh and Nonita Lal Qureshi – have turned down the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) nominations to travel with the Indian golf team to Tokyo 2020 Summer Games which are scheduled to kick off in Japan after one year delay due to coronavirus pandemic. 

As per the Press Release issued by the Indian Golf Union on 10 July 2021, Jeev was nominated as Team Leader and Nonita Lall Qureshi as Team Coach.  

Jeev and Nonita’s Photo Credit: Joy Chakravarty/Twitter and Golf Trade