Tokyo Olympics 2020: Seven ONGCians representing the nation
Seven ONGCians are representing India this year at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, at various formats of the game. From the Oil and Gas industry, 21 athletes are participating in the summer Olympics this year and amongst them sportspersons from ONGC are Tennis star Ankita Raina, Table Tennis star G Sathiya, ace shuttler B Sai Praneeth, shooter Apurvi Chandela and national hockey players Mandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh and Sumit.
Having created quiet ripples, both on the domestic and international front, Ankita Raina is the current Indian No. 1 player in women's singles, as well as doubles in tennis. The 28-year-old tennis star is the first female athlete from Gujarat to qualify for the Olympics. Turning pro in 2009, Ankita Raina has several trophies to her credit, having collected at least 11 ITF titles, a WTA 250 title, another WTA 125k title as well. Currently ranked World No. 95 on the doubles list and World No. 181 on the singles roster, Ankita Raina's big moment of glory came at the 2018 Asian Games where she clinched the bronze medal. Upon earning that honor, Raina became only the second Indian tennis player to do so after former doubles World No. 1 Sania Mirza.
Shooting star Apurvi Chandela is representing India in 10 meter Air Rifle Shooting Sport since 2012, being the longest playing sports person with a great consistency. Apurvi has won all the national and international championships and all open competitions in her career so far. In 2019 Apurvi was ranked World Number ONE and holds the World Record in her name till date.
Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth is a young prodigy from Andhra Pradesh, who won his first major international title, the Canada open grand prix in 2016. Having won the Singapore Open Super Series title in 2017, he became the only Indian Men’s Singles player to win a super series singles title after Kidambi Srikanth. He was a Silver medalist at the Swiss Open and a Bronze Medalist at the Japan Super Series Championships in 2019.He also represented the country in the Asian game’s championships held at Jakarta Indonesia in 2018.He won a Bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships held at Basel Switzerland in 2019 and was also honored with the prestigious Arjuna award in 2019.
Ace Table Tennis player G Sathiyan is an Arjuna Awardee and has won three medals in his debut Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Australia in 2018. He has also won bronze medal in the Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta Indonesia. Mr Sathiyan is the first Indian ever to break into World Top 25 and WR 24 (April 2019) is the highest world rank ever achieved by an Indian Table tennis player. He is also the first Indian ever to win two ITTF pro-tour titles (Belgium 2016 & Spanish 2017).
International hockey player Mandeep Singh won bronze medal in Odisha men’s hockey world league final at Bhubaneswar in 2017, silver medal at Robobank men’s hockey championship at Breda Holland in 2018, gold medal in Hero Asian champions trophy at Oman in 2018, bronze medal at XVIII Asian Games at Indonesia in 2018 and gold medal at FIH men’s series final at Bhubaneswar in 2019. He was also the part of the national squad who reached till semi-finals in the XXI Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Australia in 2018. Also representing India in hockey, Gurjant Singh’s major achievements include gold medal at Hero Asia Cup at Bangladesh in 2017, bronze medal at Odisha men’s hockey world league at Bhubaneswar in 2017, gold medal at Hero Asian championship trophy at Oman in 2018, gold medal at FIH men’s series at Bhubaneswar in 2019.
Third ONGCian representing India in Hockey, Sumit Kumar clinched gold medal at Hero Asia Cup at Bangladesh in 2017, Odisha men’s hockey world league at Bhubaneswar in 2017, Silver medal at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Malaysia in 2019, gold medal at FIH men’s series in 2019, among others. He was also part of the Senior Men Indian Team during the Argentina tour in 2021.