Tokyo Olympics Nethra Kumanan
Tokyo Olympics Nethra Kumanan hopes her. Despite a tough debut at the Tokyo Games, Nethra Kumanan hopes her performance as the first woman to represent India at the Olympics will inspire others to follow her. The 23-year-old competed in laser radial class, ranked 35th in the competition, out of the top 10 finishes to compete in Sunday’s medal race, but he told Reuters he was satisfied with his overall performance despite some nerves. It was a tough event, but I’m glad to be here, I’m glad to bring some attention to the country’s sport. I do what I can from it and try to come back better he said. I struggled a lot, but it’s okay. I have to learn to manage my expectations and next time I have to be right. Kumanan was bitten by a sailing bug at a camp in Tamil Nadu in 2011, learning the basics two years later before deciding to take up the sport. He took a short break from the game after losing the Rio Games qualifiers but returned to his sights with Tokyo.
The delay in the Games due to the Covid-19 pandemic proved positive for Kumanan, and he lost his place by winning an Olympic qualifying event in April 2021. Although he trained in Europe with some of the top competitors, Kumanan said he found the Olympics to be a big step up from the regular regatta they compete in a regular season. There’s a lot more at risk, obviously, there’s a lot more focus on that, but I was hoping for it somehow.
I knew what I was bringing, but the way it affected me, but I had fun, he explained. He said the response from family and Indian sports fans has been positive. They make me proud to have come so far, the only good thing. That’s good, the four of us came and it brought a lot of attention to the boat from India, which is very cool to watch, so I’m happy with it, she said, adding that she hopes more Indian women will join for the Paris Games in 2024. We go back to training next month and we got the Asian Games next year, which is a big deal for my country and we go from there.