Premier Indian golfer Aditi Ashok brought a new ray of hope for golf in the country with her fourth place finish in the women's individual event at Tokyo 2020 on Saturday.
The World No.200 carded a 3-under 68 in the final round to register a combined score of 15-under and missed out on a medal spot by one shot.
India's No.1 men's golfer Anirban Lahiri, who finished on the 42nd spot at Tokyo 2020, appreciated her compatriot for her phenomenal performance and hoped for a positive change for the sport in the country.
"I hope it brings a change in attitude in people and golf as a sport can grow like any other Olympic sport in India," Lahiri told Olympics.com.
"The biggest win for Aditi is that so many more Indians now know what golf is, how it works. And then, really just putting golf on the map in India, I think this is really quite a turning point for golf," he added.
Lahiri also took note of the fact that a large number of Indians woke up on Saturday in anticipation of Aditi's final round result at Tokyo 2020. He looks at it as a big win for golf.
"I think more people woke up and learnt about the sport this morning than even if she would have won a major or someone from the men's contingent would have won. I think it's a win for golf. That's the biggest win".
Aditi, 23, also marked the best performance by any Indian golfer at the Olympics. Lahiri believes it will help her transpire as a superstar in India and inspire a whole generation to take up the sport and represent the country on a big stage.
"I think it's fantastic. Aditi just played absolutely unbelievable golf. Given all the challenges that she had to face. The competition, the stage, so many people wanting her to do well. She has done phenomenally well. It will be a big boost for golf," Lahiri said.
"Aditi will be a superstar for young girls and she totally deserves to be so. There is a whole generation of girls who want to grow and play like her. It's not just girls, people are going to take notice of the sport. Parents are also going to take notice of the sport," he added.