Indian athletes in seven sports, including archery, badminton, archery and hockey, will miss the opening ceremony of Friday’s Olympics due to fears and competitions organized at COVID-19 the next day, leaving only about 30 attendees.
Only the flag bearer, the captain of the men’s team Manpreet Singh, will take part in the hockey ceremony.
“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.
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. .
At the moment, India’s participation looks like this – hockey (1), boxing (8), table tennis (4), rowing (2), gymnastics (1), swimming (1), sailing (4), fencing (1) , officials.
“Both flag bearers, ie MC Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh, are taking part in the opening ceremony,” Batra said.
The decision was made after a meeting between the mission’s chef BP Baishya and the coaches here this morning.
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.
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.