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Which Indian Universities have the most students at the Tokyo Olympics?

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India has sent a total of 122 athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Games. The nation’s team of athletes consists of 68 men and 54 women, competing across in 18 different sports. Some of the athletes on the team are graduates from Indian universities and colleges, which begs one question - which Indian universities have the most students and alumni at the Tokyo Olympics? Let’s find an answer, shall we?

# 1 - Lovely Professional University (LPU)

Number of athletes from LPU: 11 

Lovely Professional University (LPU) will have students representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics this year. According to the Lovely Professional University (LPU) from Phagwara, this is their most significant honor yet, being the highest number of students to make it to the Olympic contingent from a private university. The students will represent the Indian nation in Paralympics, Athletics (sprinting and javelin throw), Hockey, and Wrestling.

LPU students are well known in Olympics circles. They’ve already earned the distinction of winning several international and national sports competitions in the past few years. This includes Manju Rani, who won a silver medal at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, and Unnati Sharma, who won a silver medal at Senior National Ranking Judo Championship 2019. 

The university provides a 100% scholarship to promising students who could become successful athletes, which includes covering the cost of sporting equipment and infrastructure, coaching, participating in various tournaments, free boarding and lodging, and a full fee waiver. 

Manpreet Singh, an MBA student of LPU and the captain of the Indian Hockey team, will have the privilege to be India’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. There will be another 6 LPU students playing alongside Manpreet Singhin the Indian Hockey Team:

  • Varun Kumar (MBA)
  • Dilpreet Singh (BA)
  • Shamsher Singh (MBA)
  • Mandeep Singh (BA)
  • Harmanpal Singh (MBA)
  • Rupinderpal Singh (MBA)

Other LPU athletes include Bajrang Punia, the local star wrestler, representing the nation in wrestling, while Nishad Kumar (B.A), a prominent Indian para-athlete, will represent the nation in high jump. In javelin, the country will be represented by Neeraj Chopra, who is a B.A at LPU as well as a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army. Amoj Jacob (P.B.Ed. at LPU), a well-known sprinter in India, will represent the Indian nation in the 4 x 400 m Relay Race for men.

LPU has been investing heavily in providing students with top trainers and coaching, along with cutting-edge sports infrastructure. And it appears the results are showing, with LPU already having had several students brining home trophies at national and international levels over the last few years.

# 2 - DAV College

Number of athletes from DAV college: 6 

After LPU, DAV College of Jalandhar will have the second most mumber of athletes representing India at the Tokyo Olympics this year. DAV College is a well-known Indian powerhouse when it comes to producing talented athletes. 

So far, the college has delivered numerous Maharaja Ranjit Singh awardees, two Dronacharya awardees, four Dhyan Chand awardees, nine Arjuna awardees, two Padma Shri, and 27 Olympians. DAV students have a long and proud history when it comes to participating in the Olympics:

  • The Helsinki Olympics 1952 (two students)
  • The Melbourne Olympics 1956 (one student)
  • The Rome Olympics 1960 (three students)
  • The Tokyo Olympics 1964 (five students)
  • The Mexico Olympics 1968 (six students)
  • The Munich Olympics 1972 (two students)
  • The Moscow Olympics 1980 (four students)
  • Los Angeles Olympics 1984 (two students)
  • The Seoul Olympics 1988 (one student)

DAV College has six alumni selected for the Indian Hockey team. While the institute already has a bright history of participating in the Olympics, this is a golden moment for DAV College. This is the second time a DAV College student can lead the Indian hockey team.

# 3 - Alva’s Education Foundation

Number of athletes from Alva’s Education Foundation: 2 

After LPU and DAV College students, Alva’s Education Foundation will have the next highest student representation at the Tokyo Olympics, with two students competing for the nation: Shuba V and Dhanalakshmi. Both will represent India in the 4 x 400 mixed relay competition