Diksha Dagar was the last to qualify for the Tokyo Games but the sudden and last-minute making the grade in the Olympic women’s golf competition has in fact worked for the 20-year-old.
“When my father broke the news I was in disbelieve. Then I started jumping with joy. I could not believe that a dream had come true,” said Diksha ahead of tee-off at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. In between a tournament on the Ladies European Tour when the news came, Diksha may not have got the time to reflect on what it means to bear the tag of an Olympian at such as a tender age.
On arrival at the Games Village with father, Colonel Narinder Dagar, as caddie and coach Sundeep Verma, the enormity of the occasion has sunk in.
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Soaking in the vibrant atmosphere at the Games Village and sharing common spaces with athletes she has looked up to while growing up, Diksha will use the positive energy to put her best foot forward as she and Aditi Ashok strive to add to the superb show put up Indian women athletes at the Games.
Photo credit: Diksha Dagar