A total of 20 Indian athletes from seven sports and six officials will take part in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, as fears and COVID-19 races line up the next day, causing the majority of the contingent to decide to stay. away from the event.
Athletes from sports such as shooting, badminton, archery and hockey will miss the ceremony as the Indian delegation is not ready to put them at risk of contracting the virus with their events scheduled for Saturday.
Only the flag bearer, the captain of the men’s team Manpreet Singh, will take part in the hockey ceremony. The list of 20 attendees includes four rowers, including Manika Batra and A Sharat Kamal, as well as members of the sailing team.
Lone fencer CA Bhavani Devi, gymnast Pranati Naik and swimmer Sajan Prakash will be there in addition to eight boxers.
In addition to MC Mary Kom, who is also the flag bearer along with Manpreet, the ceremony will feature Lovlina Borgohain, Pooja Rani, Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar.
India is represented by more than 125 competitors in the Games with a total contingent of 228, including officials, coaches, other support staff and alternate athletes with a view to COVID-19.
“Archery, judo, badminton, weightlifting, tennis, hockey (men and women), shooting, the above do not participate due to matches on the 24th, training sessions on the 24th and maintaining safety,” said the President of India. Narinder Batra Olympic Association.
“The last campaign will be in Japanese alphabetical order, and India’s number is 21st,” he added.
“Both flag bearers, ie MC Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh, are taking part in the opening ceremony,” Batra said.
The six officials who will take part in the event are Indian Mission Chief Birender Prasad Baisha, Mission Deputy Chef Dr Prem Verma, Team Doctor Dr Arun Basil Matthew, Table Tennis Team Manager MP Singh. boxing coach Mohamed Ali Kamar and gymnastics coach Lakhan Sharma.
Earlier, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said no more than 50 would attend the ceremony. Only six officials from each country are eligible to participate in the past.
“We will not like to create a situation where our athletes are at risk of becoming infected. So a decision has been made to limit the number of athletes and staff participating in the opening ceremony to 50,” Mehta told PTI. .
The decision was made after a meeting between the mission’s chef BP Baishya and the coaches here this morning.
Along with the archers, the archers and the men’s and women’s hockey teams must also compete on the day after the opening ceremony.
While Mary Com is not scheduled to compete the next day, Manpreet will lead the country in the first match of Pool A against New Zealand on Saturday.
“Those who are in quarantine are also not allowed,” de missio Deputy Chef Prem Kumar Verma said of the athletes and staff who recently landed in the Japanese city.
Among other countries, the UK will have no more than 30 athletes to take part in the ceremony due to fears of COVID-19. Britain has 376 players fighting in the games.