India's Olympics Team-- An analysis
Since the Olympics are less than a week away, I thought of analyzing India's athletes taking their shot this year. Also, it will keep me more engaged and motivated to some of the games which may otherwise be too slow or boring for my taste.
A headcount comparison
The Games will feature 339 events in 33 different sports, encompassing a total of 50 disciplines. India has sent its largest contingent of 125 competitors to these Games: 70 men and 55 women in 68 events.
|70 Male||55 Female||125 Total||68 Events|
We could compare that to China's 125 men and 281 women for 406 medals- just for fun. The much greater number of female participants on the Chinese side is because a lot of the male participants could not qualify for Male events. Basketball, football, vollyball- being team events greatly increased number of female participants.
|125 Male||281 Female||406 Total|
The United States has sent 248 men and 329 female Olympians to fight for a total of 613 medals.
|284 Male||329 Female||613 Total|
I could find a decent study in of exploratory nature that links nations and their participation with the health and GDP of a nation. Those interested may find it here. The chart below indicates that being rich is perhaps one of the most important factors in winning medals- makes sense, since fitness and training facilities need huge costs.
Despite being feeble in shine compared to the heavier sides, India is sending its largest contingent to the games. The number of Indian athletes participating in the Summer Olympic Games has risen each time in past 3 olympics and that trend is continuing at Tokyo 2020.
A good start for the list is the official site of course. Here is the list of Indians participating in this year in Tokyo. I have found Wikipedia to always be a better organized site, just in general. I hope the wiki page is kept updated by someone during the games.
I ordered it in descending order of number of events- just to know the odds of a win. Of course- the some of the competitions are team events and participants outnumber the number of medals available to be won.
Mapping of Events vs India's participation
I could not find a good dataset to match India's events against all the other events being played. I had to do some excel tricks to layout the below table (maybe Kaggle will some day have better country-wise data for recent Olympics).