Tokyo Olympics: Indian badminton, archery, wrestling, athletics squad members doesn’t know when are they leaving for Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics: Indian badminton, archery, wrestling, athletics squad members doesn’t know when are they leaving for Tokyo
Tokyo Olympics: Indian badminton, archery, wrestling, athletics squad members doesn’t know when are they leaving for Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics – Indian Athletes Tokyo Departure Confusion?: The Olympics in Tokyo starts in two weeks time but most of the Indian athletes doesn’t know when are they traveling to Tokyo. Be it the badminton squad or athletics, archery or wrestling – everyone stays clueless about their departure to Tokyo. InsideSport.co spoke to two members of badminton squad, official in Wrestling Federation of India, one of the top Indian athlete and all were completely unsure about their travel date. Indian athletes & few of the national federations are blaming the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for the issue as they areresponsible for the travel arrangements for the athletes travel to Tokyo.

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“We were earlier told, we are leaving on 14th July for Tokyo, now we have been asked to hold. I don’t know what is happening’, lamented one of the top badminton player.

“Situation is still not clear about the travel and logistic plans. Apart from one most of our top athletes are training outside India, when exactly they have to reach Tokyo – we at this stage doesn’t have complete details’, said top WFI official.

Tokyo Olympics: Indian badminton, archery, wrestling, athletics squad members doesn’t know when are they traveling to Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics – Indian Athletes Departure Confusion: Most of the members of the Indian contingent were earlier told that they will be leaving in batches and 1st batch involving badminton, archery and swimming squad will leave on 14th July. But now it seems the first batch will leave on 17th July.

According to one of the top member of IOA, continuous changes in travel as well as protocols laid by the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee is creating logistical nightmare for them.

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“We are trying our best to arrange everything possible. The organizing committee changed their norms for India very recently which is creating logistical issues for us. But we are sure our 1st batch will leave on 17th July”, said the top IOA official directly involved with arranging logistics.

Tokyo Olympics protocols for Indian Squad

– As per the Games protocol, athletes can enter Tokyo only five days before their event.

– Athletes all have to leave 48 hours after their competition ends.

– Athletes reaching Tokyo must get the RTPCR Covid test done for seven days before their departure.

– 3 days quarantine in Tokyo will be mandatory for the Indian athletes

Tokyo Olympics: Indian badminton, archery, wrestling, athletics squad members doesn’t know when are they leaving for Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics – Indian Athletes Departure Confusion: According to IOA, the Indian contingent will be around 126 athletes, including alternate players for team sports, and 75 officials, taking the total strength to 201. The first batch now is expected to leave on 17th July, while the second batch which will include athletes and golfers, is expected to leave on July 22.

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The good part for India is most of the top Indian athletes including top wrestlers, boxers, shooters and few others are training abroad and will not have to get into quarantine after reaching Tokyo.

Tokyo Olympics: Another setback, Tokyo Olympics torch relay scrapped completely on Tokyo’s roads

Tokyo Olympics – Olympics torch relay scrapped: Meanwhile Tokyo itself is going through difficulties to organize Olympics amid Covid-19 threat. Things are getting from bad to worse for the Tokyo Olympics amid increased threat of Covid-19 and the Tokyo Olympics Organizing committee has decided to completely scrap Olympic Games torch relay from the public roads of Tokyo.

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According to the Tokyo city government, private flame lighting ceremonies will replace public torch relay events

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