After the International Golf Federation revealed its final Olympic Games rankings for men on Tuesday, Anirban Lahiri became the only male Indian golfer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Despite being ranked 340th in the world, the 33-year-old made the 60-member list.
A country can send a maximum of four competitors to the quadrennial spectacle, according to Olympic qualification regulations for golf. If any of them are rated lower than 15 in the globe, the number drops to two.Dustin Thomas (world No. 2), Patrick Cantlay (world No. 7), Brooks Koepka (world No. 8), Patrick Reed (world No. 9) and Tyrrell Hatton (world No. 11) will all be absent from the men’s event owing to various reasons.
Anirban Lahiri with a heck of a shot #EurAsiaCup
— Always Pressing POD (@alwayspressDFS) January 14, 2018
John Ram of Spain is the world’s number one ranked athlete and is the favorite to win the gold medal. However, the Spaniard will face stiff competition from the likes of Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and Rory McIlroy, among others.
Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Matt Kuchar, all bronze medalists in the men’s individual events at the Rio Olympics, have all failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Anirban Lahiri is set to compete in his second Olympic Games.
Golf was reintroduced to the Olympic Games in 2016, after being absent since 1904. Lahiri competed in the men’s singles event and finished 57th overall. Shiv Chawrasia, who also competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, came in 50th place.
Lahiri, ecstatic at the news of his qualification, turned to Twitter to express his joy.
This is the) Best surprise I have gotten in a while. Tokyo 2020 can’t believe I will have the opportunity once again to represent the tricolor,” Lahiri tweeted after learning about the news.
Best surprise I have got in a while. @Tokyo2020 can’t believe I will have the opportunity once again to represent the tricolor 🇮🇳
— Anirban Lahiri (@anirbangolf) June 22, 2021
Aditi Ashok may play golf with Lahiri at the 2016 Olympics. She is now ranked 44th in the women’s Olympic Golf rankings, far inside the top 60. On June 29th, the International Golf Federation will reveal the final women’s list.