As Tokyo Olympics is all set to begin tomorrow, only 28 members, comprising six officials and 22 athletes, of the Indian contingent will participate in the opening ceremony of the sports event on Friday after the organizers suggested restricting the number of athletes attending the curtain-raiser due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The contingent of 8 disciplines namely Archery, Badminton, Judo, Gymnastics, Hockey, Table tennis, Swimming, and Weightlifting landed safely on 18th July 2021. Upon the arrival of all members of the team underwent covid 19 tests. Two athletes were found positive for Covid 19 tests at the games village. On clearance at the Tokyo airport, the team left for the Olympic Games.
The Indian contingent will be led by flag bearers MC Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh in the Opening Ceremony. While boxer Mary Kom is not scheduled to compete the next day, hockey captain Manpreet will be leading the side out for the first Pool A game against New Zealand on Saturday.
However, India’s first batch flew off to Tokyo on 17th July 2021 with 54 athletes and staff. Sports minister Anurag Thakur gave them unprecedented spend off at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
India will be represented by a 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held under strict health protocols and without spectators in this raging pandemic.
The Indian contingent has been provided with 182 rooms in the Olympics Games Village. Overall there are 28 towers in the Olympics Village and India will be staying at Tower 15 of the 11th, 12th, and 13th floors with 2 beds each in 1 room as a safety protocol.
All athletes would require to follow safety measures. The Indian contingent would now have to undergo a strict 3 days isolation period. After that, the athletes can move around inside the village and avail all the necessary services.
The event was to be held last year but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed. Now it will start from 23rd July and will run till 8th august this year.
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