The 1st group of Indian athletes bound for the Olympics will leave on July 14: official of the IOA
Posted On July 3, 2021
Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said on Saturday that the country’s first group of Olympic athletes to Tokyo would depart on an Air India chartered flight on July 14.
Mehta further informed that the remainder of the contingent would travel between July 16 and July 19.
Upon arrival in Tokyo, all athletes and officials will be required to serve three days of quarantine.
“We will have three days of quarantine. The day of arrival is called day zero. After quarantine, we can move,” said the head of IOA at an event organized by the YOUTHINK Foundation and the Sunshine High School to congratulate some. Indian athletes, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
“The first group of the Indian contingent, comprising athletes and officials, for the Olympics will depart on an Air India chartered flight on July 14. The rest of the officials will travel between July 16 and 19,” Mehta said in a statement. press release release.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8.
Mehta admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic has to some extent affected the preparation of Indian athletes for the Games.
“… (but) the Indian team is ready for the Games, with 115 athletes who have qualified so far in 18 sports, including a historic first in fencing,” he said.
Tamil Nadu’s CA Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to land a berth at the Olympics.
Table tennis player G Sathiyan, who qualified for his first Olympics, said it would be difficult to play without fans absent but their support at home would always help them stay motivated.
During the event, Bhavani Devi said that being a woman, she has faced many challenges in order to be successful in her sport.
The event was also attended by ace paddler A sharath Kamal and sprinter Dutee Chand.