Tokyo 2020: India predicted to have best-ever medal haul at Olympics

India is tipped to have their best ever Olympic medal haul at the Tokyo Games
India is tipped to have their best ever Olympic medal haul at the Tokyo Games.

India are poised for their best-ever Olympics medal haul at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The prediction is made by Gracenote. The Nielsen subsidiary provides statistical data and predictions for major tournaments across sports.

Gracenote, according to a tv9news report, has predicted that India will bag a total of 19 medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

India has also fielded their biggest ever, 127-strong squad for the upcoming Olympics, 10 more than the previous best at the Rio de Janeiro Games five years ago.

The predicted 19 medals will place India at the 18th position in the overall medals tally, based on the Gracenote analysis. It will be a big jump over India’s 67th position at the previous edition of the Games.

India’s previous best medal haul has come at the London Olympics, where they claimed a total of 6 medals.

For a quadrennial event like the Olympics, Nielsen Gracenote’s Virtual Medal Table uses data available since the last Summer Games to identify the athletes who are likely to be successful at the upcoming Games.

Gracenote also considered available results, data from marquee global and continental competitions since the 2016 Rio Olympics while formulating the list.

According to these statistics, Gracenote has predicted gold, silver and bronze medal counts for participating countries at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

But this time, the projection is likely to be more uncertain than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gracenote recently predicted England as the favourites to win the Euro 2020 alongside Belgium. Though their prediction couldn’t match the actual outcome, it came mighty close. While Belgium flattered to deceive at the big stage again, England romped past tough opponents to reach the final, where they eventually fell short against Italy in the summit clash.

The report has also predicted that for the seventh successive year, the USA will top the medals tally, with an expected 96 medals – 40 gold, 27 silver and 29 bronze.