Indian Lightweight Double Sculls team of Arvind Singh /Arjun Jat qualify for Olympics as they finished 2nd in final. Jakar Khan also clear Qualifications criteria but on the basis of Higher rank, Arvind and Arjun will make it to Olympics.
As per Qualifications rule, a NOC can earn more then one Boat only if they finishes on the top of the races else one Quota available for NOC. If a country has clear criteria in 2 event but they don't finished on top then the Boat which finish ahead in qualifications will qualify and quota in other event will be given to higher place eligible Boats.
This will be 66th quota for India and 1st quota in Rowing . India has now earn quota in 11 sports. Arjun Lal and Arvind will be the only Indian rowers in Tokyo Games which open on July 23 as the country will not participate in other Olympic qualifiers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is another Olympic qualifier in Italy but India is not sending anybody due to the COVID-19 situation.
In today's final Arvind Singh /Arjun Jat (6.36.92) finished behind Japan who won the race with timing of 6.34.70. Indian pair maintained their 2nd place from the starting of race to end. Here total 3 quota were up for grab and Uzbekistan end up with 3rd quota.
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In men single sculls where 5 quota were available, Jakar has to finish inside top 2 to make his chances for quota but he managed to finish 4th .Now single Sculls quota will goes to Japan , Iran, Kazakhstan , Vietnam and Indonesia.
In women Single Sculls , earlier today Khuspreet Kaur failed to qualify for final as she finished 5th in SF - B . Later in Final B she finished 5th hence overall 11th place for her in Single sculls event.
It was qualifications event for our para Rower also. Shantanu of Indian finish 4th in men's single sculls but as only one quota was available here he failed to make it to Paralympics. Quota goes to Srilankan Rower who finished on top of final.
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During 2016 Olympics also India was eligible for both single Sculls and Double Sculls but Because of One boat per NOC rule, federation choose Dattu over Double Sculls for 2016 Olympics. Dattu later finished 13th in the event.
Earlier the Rowing Federation of India (RFI) had a tough time getting the visa process done on time. Special clearances were sought from Japan government for the visas and then the external affairs ministry had to intervene to get the visas from the vendor. The Indian Rowing team members spent around five hours at the Tokyo airport completing formalities before venturing out.