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Diksha Dagar secures Tokyo 2020 Olympics spot

Indian golfer Diksha Dagar has qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics after South Africa’s Paula Reto decided to withdraw and Austria declined to make a reallocation for their golfer Sarah Schober.

The International Golf Federation has, in turn, allotted the spot to India’s 20-year-old golfer Diksha Dagar. As things stand, Diksha is not in the Olympic Village in Tokyo, but the Indian Golf Union has said that they will ‘spare no effort to get her to Tokyo’.

“Paula Reto (RSA) has withdrawn from Tokyo & Austria declined reallocation for Sarah Schober; position has been reallocated by IGF to our Diksha Dagar,” read a statement from Indian Golf Union.

Diksha was due to participate in the ISPS Handa World Invitational tournament in Northern Ireland, which starts today, July 29, but she will now travel to Tokyo for the Summer Games. Aditi Ashok is the other Indian women’s golfer at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Diksha, who is coached by her father, turned professional in 2019 and became only the second Indian woman to win on Ladies European Tour after winning the South African Open the same year.

As of 2021, Diksha, who was born with hearing impairment, has two pro victories in the Ladies European Tour. Apart from the South African Open, she has also won the 2021 Aramco Team Series in London. She has also represented India at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta where she was one of three women golfers from the country.

Featured photo: Twitter / Diksha Dagar

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