Asian Rowing Olympic Qualifiers: Indian rowers eye Tokyo - full schedule, live streaming details

Sixteen Olympic berths will be on offer at Asian rowing competition. Watch the qualifiers live!

By Utathya Nag
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A new-look Indian rowing team, coached by Ismail Baig, will be out to prove itself at the Asia and Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta, which will be held in Tokyo from May 5 to 7.

With 16 Asian Olympic berths (five each in men’s and women’s single sculls and three each in men’s and women’s double sculls) on offer, the event presents the Indian rowers a golden opportunity to ensure they return to Tokyo for the Olympics in July-August.

This will be their penultimate chance to qualify for the upcoming Summer Games before the Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, to be held from May 16 to18.

Rio 2016 Olympian Dattu Bhokanal and London 2012 participant Sawarn Singh are two known faces missing from the Indian contingent for the Asian qualifiers. 

While Bhokanal has been left out for disciplinary issues, Sawarn Singh was dropped because of his below-par performances at India’s training camp at Army Rowing Node (ARN) in Pune.

Much will depend on the Pune training stint considering Indian rowers have been away from competitive action since the 2019 Asian championship in Chungju, South Korea, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Indian rowing team for Asian Olympic Qualifiers

Men

Jakar Khan (single sculls M1x)

Arjun Lal Jat (double sculls LM2x)

Arvind Singh (double sculls LM2x)

Women

Khushpreet Kaur (single sculls W1x)

Vindhya Sankat (double sculls LW2x)

Rukmani Dangi(double sculls LW2x)

Besides the six, Shantanu Kumar will be travelling with the squad for the para single sculls (PR1 M1x)  event.

Sunil Attri (men’s single and double sculls) and Sona Keer (women’s single and double sculls) were initially named in the Indian contingent but neither feature in the entry list.

Asian Olympic Rowing Qualifiers schedule and live India start times

All times are Indian Standard Time (IST)

Wednesday, May 5

Men’s single sculls (M1X) heats – 6:30 AM IST

Women’s single sculls (W1X) heats – 7:00 AM IST

Men’s double sculls (LM2x) heats – 7:30 AM IST

Women’s double sculls (LW2x) heats – 8:00 AM IST

Men’s single sculls (M1X) repechage – 11:00 AM IST

Women’s single sculls (W1X) repechage – 11:20 AM IST

Thursday, May 6

Men’s single sculls (M1X) semi-finals – 6:30 AM IST

Women’s single sculls (W1X) semi-finals – 6:50 AM IST

Men’s double sculls (LM2x) repechage – 7:10 AM IST

Women’s double sculls (LW2x) repechage – 7:20 AM IST

Friday, May 7

Finals – 6:30 AM IST onwards

Where to watch Asian Rowing Olympic Qualifiers live in India?

Live streaming of the Asia and Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta in India will be available on the JARA YouTube channel.