Haryana and Punjab account for 4% of India’s population, 40% of the Olympic team
Posted On July 21, 2021
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July 21, 2021)
Athletes from Haryana and Punjab are once again leading the way for the country at the Olympics. The two states, which represent only 4.4% of India’s population, together sent 50 athletes to the Tokyo Games, representing 40% of the Indian contingent. Haryana has 31 athletes in the contingent, nearly 25% of the total, while Punjab has 19.
Tamil Nadu comes next, having sent 11 athletes to Tokyo, 8.7% of the contingent. The others in the top five are Kerala and UP – each with 8 athletes.
Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for nearly 17% of India’s total population, contributes 6.3% of the country’s contingent to the Tokyo Olympics, while Kerala with a population share of 2.6 % has 6.3% representation in the Olympic team.
For Haryana, nine of the 19 hockey players, seven wrestlers (four women, three men), four boxers (three men, one woman) and four shooters (two women, two men) constitute the bulk of the workforce.
While for Punjab, 11 of the 19 members of India’s men’s hockey team are swelling the tally. Two shooters (one man and one woman), three athletics (two men, one woman), two members of the women’s hockey team and a boxer make up the total.
Tamil Nadu has five in athletics, three in sailing, two table tennis players and one in fencing.
Kerala, known for its track and field heritage, has six of the eight track and field events it sends to Tokyo. One each is swimming and the men’s hockey team.
With a total of 127 athletes, India sends its largest contingent to the Olympic Games and will participate in 18 disciplines: archery, athletics, boxing, badminton, horse riding, fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rowing, shoot. , sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weight lifting and wrestling.