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Indian judo star Sushila Devi opens her campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics against Eva Csernoviczki. Devi represents India in the women’s 48kg event in judo and is the only Indian judoka at the Tokyo Games. The Tokyo Games are Sushila Devi’s first Olympic Games.
Sushila Devi’s opening match is expected to be a tough one. Eva Csernoviczki is a former Olympic medalist. Csernoviczki won a bronze medal in the women’s 48kg category at the London Olympics and is ranked much better than Sushila Devi.
Eva Csernoviczki is World No. 24, while Sushila Devi World No. 46. The last time the two locked horns, Eva Csernoviczki got the better of Sushila Devi. It will only get harder for the Indian as she beats Eva Csernoviczki in the Round of 32.
Sushila Devi will have a tough campaign at Tokyo 2020
In the next round, Sushila Devi will probably meet the Japanese Funa Tonaki. The Japanese is a former world champion and won two silver medals at the 2018 and 2018 World Championships. Tonaki also won silver at the IJF World Masters this year.
According to the rules of judo at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the top divisions of each weight category will receive byes in the first round. This makes Funa Tonaki’s life easier.
Sushila Devi’s claim to fame was at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she reached the final. In the title match, she lost to local Judoka Kimberly Renicks and was awarded the silver medal.
In 2018, Sushila Devi suffered a hamstring injury that forced her to miss the Asian Games, sending the Judoka into depression.
However, Sushila Devi battled her demons and fought hard to secure a place in the 2020 Olympics. Her coach Jiwan Sharma believes she can also deliver a surprise because she has an aggressive disposition.
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