Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday gave a proper send-off to India’s first batch of the Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes from eight disciplines on the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Thakur was accompanied by Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandip Pradhan and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials, together with President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta. A contingent of 88 members, which incorporates 54 athletes moreover help employees and IOA representatives, departed for the Japanese capital on Saturday night time to take part within the COVID-hit Tokyo Games, which is able to start in per week’s time on July 23.
The eight disciplines comprised archery, badminton, desk tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting.
Hockey, consisting of each the lads’s and girls’s groups, is the biggest amongst all disciplines.
The hockey groups had been accorded a heat reception on coming into the IGI terminal, with airport employees clapping on each side as they walked by way of.
India’s lone weightlifter in fray, Mirabai Chanu, reached Tokyo on Friday from her coaching base in St Louis, USA.
Chanu was accompanied by nationwide coach Vijay Sharma and assistant coach Sandip Kumar, whereas one other assistant coach Pramod Sharma left from the nationwide capital together with the primary batch.
The boxers have left from Italy whereas the shooters reached Tokyo on Saturday, after finishing a protracted training-cum-competition stint in Croatia.
India might be represented by a 228-strong contingent, together with 119 athletes, on the Tokyo Olympics, which might be held underneath strict well being protocols and with out spectators within the wake of the raging pandemic.
Four Indian sailors — Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class), KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class) — had been the primary from the nation to succeed in Tokyo from their coaching bases in Europe.
They began coaching on Thursday. The Indian taking pictures contingent checked in on the Games Village on Saturday.
Besides, the rowing crew has additionally reached Tokyo, whereas the boxing contingent has left from its coaching base in Italy and is scheduled to succeed in the Japanese capital through Amsterdam on Sunday morning.