Diksha receives late Olympic call, makes plans to travel to Tokyo

India’s golf challenge at the Tokyo Olympics was boosted by Diksha Dagar’s late entry into the women’s golf competition starting August 5.

Diksha, who was among the reservists when the list was finalized earlier this month, was briefed by the International Golf Federation through the Indian Golf Union (IGU).

The UGI has since started making arrangements for Diksha to reach Tokyo in time for the Games.

She will join Aditi Ashok in the team. This is left-hander Diksha’s first Olympic appearance, as Aditi will play his second Olympics.

However, Diksha, who was born with hearing loss, will now have the unique honor of representing India at the Deaf Olympics in 2017, where she finished second for a silver medal.

Diksha qualified after South Africa’s Paula Reto decided to step down and Austria refused to reassign golfer Sarah Schober, according to IGU reports.

Diksha also represented India at the 2018 Asian Games, then turned professional in 2019 and has since won two titles on the Ladies European Tour, including one in the team.

Before the news broke, Diksha was registered and was scheduled to play the ISPS Handa Invitational in Ireland.

Meanwhile, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has also started the accreditation and travel formalities.

While Diksha herself may not have to deal with long quarantine issues, her father, Naren Dagar, her trainer who is also often her junior, had just returned to India.

He will also have to complete his formalities with the IGU and IOA to be able to help Diksha, who was in the top 60 list when the Olympics were originally scheduled for July 2020 before being postponed due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

She also represented India at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where she was one of the country’s three golfers.

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