For the first time, India will have more than two sailors at the Tokyo Olympics, including Kodagu-born Kelappanda Chengappa Ganapathy and Nethra Kumanan, the first Indian woman sailor.
This is also for the first time India will be competing in more than one sailing event — Laser Radial, Laser Standard and 49er.
While Nethra Kumanan will be in Laser Radial and Vishnu Saravanan in Laser Standard, K.C. Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar will be in 49er.
According to Varun and Ganapathy, sailing, unlike other sporting disciplines, does not have multiple events to win, like a freestyle swimmer can swim in 100 mts 500 mts and so on and likewise an athlete can run in 100 mrs 400 mrs etc.
It is noteworthy that only in 2021 sailors from India have qualified for the Olympics and will be participating as qualified sports persons, as till date all entries have been through wild card entries or quota slots. Asia has one slot in each sailing class and Japan being the host country.
Ganapathy is the son of Kelappanda late Deepak Chengappa and Reshma Chengappa (from Allaranda family). His mother Reshma runs a furniture business in Chennai and the family is settled there. His grandparents are Kelappanda late Pratap and Padma Prathap. Padma resides at Kolthodu village near Hatur village in South Kodagu.