Tokyo Olympics: Anirban Lahiri qualifies for Tokyo Games as only India golfer- Seasoned pro Anirban Lahiri qualified for his second successive Olympic appearance after finishing as the best-placed Indian golfer in the final Tokyo Games Rankings for men released on Tuesday.
The Indian made the cut at the 60th spot, the last available quota in the Games rankings.
Many congratulations to @anirbangolf who becomes the first Indian golfer to qualify for #Tokyo2020 after the Olympic rankings were released today. He qualified in 60th place and will now play his 2nd Olympics. pic.twitter.com/QMtOewRo8c
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) June 22, 2021
India was eligible for one spot and Lahiri was the highest-placed in the latest official world golf rankings at the 340th position.
“Best surprise I have got in a while. @Tokyo2020 can’t believe I will have the opportunity once again to represent the tricolor,” Lahiri tweeted.
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 is also in contention to make the cut for the Games for a second consecutive time but her qualification will be confirmed after the final Olympic rankings for women are released on June 29.
Golf was brought back into the Olympics in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games for the first time since the 1904 edition.