Tokyo Olympics: Tokyo Olympics will not be the most breezy experience for the Indian contingent. Not only will they face challenges due to COVID-19 guidelines but also due to factors such as weather and proper training time. India is still under Japan’s red list due to the emergence of a highly infectious delta variant of SARC-CoV-2. And this does not look to change anytime soon.
Tokyo Olympics: Here are five challenges that India’s champion athletes need to overcome in Japan
Tokyo Olympics Challenge 1: Different set of COVID-19 guidelines
This will be a big challenge for the Olympic-bound India team. Given the ongoing condition and the emergence of the Delta variant of Covid-19, Japan has decided to impose a different set of rules for India, amongst five other countries. The likes of Vinesh Phogat, Neeraj Chopra, and PV Sindhu will be under constant monitoring. There will be more COVID-19 tests for the Indian contingent as compared to other countries like the US, China or Russia. READ FULL STORY
Tokyo Olympics Challenge 2: Lack of competitions
Lack of competition will be a concern for many Indian athletes. While top athletes like Neeraj Chopra, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia managed to get some competitions, the likes of Shivpal Singh, PV Sindhu and Amit Panghal have not been able to compete get tournament feel. This might affect their performance as the body will take time to return to competition mode.
Tokyo Olympics Challenge 3: Lack of support staff
Due to coronavirus, the organisers have decided to allow a reduced contingent. It means teams will have to leave some key members of their support staff in India. As per reports, federations are mulling over not sending the physiotherapists to Japan.
It would be a big setback, especially in sports like wrestling and boxing where physios play an important role.
Tokyo Olympics Challenge 4: Heat waves
Japan is predicted to experience a heatwave during the Olympics. While it might not be a big problem for indoor sports, it certainly is a challenge for outdoor events. READ FULL STORY
Tokyo Olympics Challenge 5: Less time for practice ahead of the competition
Unlike before, there will be less time for training for Indian athletes due to longer quarantine. They need to undergo six-day quarantine — 3 days outside Games village, 3 days in it– before they are allowed to hit training. It will prove crucial as the training and conditioning will be important near D-Day.