December 2, 2022

TOKYO: A complete of 20 Indian athletes from seven sports activities and 6 officers will take part within the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as COVID-19 considerations and competitions lined up the subsequent day led to a majority of the contingent deciding to keep away from the occasion.
Athletes from sports activities like taking pictures, badminton, archery and hockey, will skip the ceremony because the Indian delegation is just not keen to show them to the danger of contracting the virus with their occasions lined up on Saturday.

From hockey, solely flag-bearer, males’s group captain Manpreet Singh, will take part within the ceremony.
The record of 20 attendees embrace 4 paddlers, together with Manika Batra and A Sharath Kamal, and as many crusing group members.
Lone fencer CA Bhavani Devi, gymnast Pranati Naik and swimmer Sajan Prakash moreover as many as eight boxers may also be there.

Day 1

Aside from MC Mary Kom, who can be a flag-bearer alongside Manpreet, Lovlina Borgohain, Pooja Rani, Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar will take part within the ceremony.
India is being represented by greater than 125 athletes within the Video games with the general contingent dimension being 228, together with officers, coaches, different assist workers and alternate athletes in view of the COVID-19.
“Archery, Judo, Badminton, Weightlifting, Tennis, Hockey (women and men), Taking pictures, the above are usually not collaborating as a consequence of matches on twenty fourth, follow classes on twenty fourth and staying secure,” Indian Olympic Affiliation President Narinder Batra stated.

“The march previous can be in Japanese alphabetical order and India’s quantity is twenty first,” he added.
“Each the flag-bearers ie M C Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh are collaborating within the opening ceremony,” Batra stated.
The six officers who can be a part of the occasion are India’s Chef de Mission Birender Prasad Baishya, Deputy Chef de Mission Dr Prem Verma, Staff physician Dr Arun Basil Mathew, supervisor of desk tennis group MP Singh, boxing coach Muhammad Ali Qamar and gymnastics coach Lakhan Sharma.
IOA secretary normal Rajeev Mehta had earlier said that not more than 50 will attend the ceremony. Solely six officers from every nation are allowed to participate within the march-past.
“We cannot prefer to create a state of affairs the place our athletes are at risk of getting contaminated. So a choice has been taken to restrict the variety of athletes and officers collaborating within the opening ceremony inside 50,” Mehta advised PTI.
The choice was taken after a gathering between chef de mission B P Baishya and coaches right here this morning.
Together with the shooters, archers and the lads’s and ladies’s hockey groups are additionally scheduled to compete the day after the opening ceremony.
Whereas Mary Kom is just not scheduled to compete the subsequent day, Manpreet can be main the facet out for the primary Pool A sport towards New Zealand on Saturday.
“Those that are quarantining are additionally not allowed,” deputy chef de mission Prem Kumar Verma had stated in regards to the athletes and officers, who’ve lately landed within the Japanese metropolis.
Amongst different international locations, Britain could have not more than 30 athletes participating within the ceremony as a consequence of COVID-19 fears.
The UK has 376 athletes in fray on the Video games.

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