Tokyo Olympics: Kiren Rijiju confirms, ‘will not send delegations to Tokyo’ to accommodate more support staff – Union Sports Minister on Sunday confirmed that the Sports Ministry will not send its delegation to Tokyo in order to accommodate more support staff to optimize the performance of athletes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics organising committee has curtailed the size of foreign visitors. That has impacted the overseas contingents with only a handful of support staff including coaches and physios allowed to travel to Tokyo. That’s the reason the Sports Ministry decided not to send delegates in order to have maximum support staff with the athletes.
Kiren Rijiju in a Tweet posted on Sunday wrote, “A decision is taken not to send any officials from Sports Ministry as part of the delegation to Tokyo Olympics except for necessary protocol needs. We want to send more support staff such as Coaches, Physiotherapists, Doctors to optimize the performance of the athletes.”
A decision is taken not to send any officials from Sports Ministry as part of the delegation to Tokyo Olympics except for necessary protocol needs.
We want to send more support staff such as Coaches, Physiotherapists, Doctors to optimize the performance of the athletes. pic.twitter.com/PNadmyLmMk
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 13, 2021
Tokyo Olympics: A total of 100 Indian athletes have so far qualified and another 25 to 35 might make the cut for the delayed Tokyo Olympics scheduled from July 23 to August 8.
Earlier Sports Ministry in a statement said, “The Ministry has decided to depute maximum additional support staff such as coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, to optimize the performance of the athletes. Visit of any person other than athletes, coaches and support staff will be taken up only if there is any protocol requirement. In the light of the arrangement, it has been decided not to have any Ministry delegation for the Tokyo Olympics.”
As per the norms, the number of officials travelling to the Olympics cannot be more than one-third of the athletes’ contingent.
With the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Japanese government had also decided to restrict the staff accompanying the foreign ministers to 11 per head of state while limiting the cabinet-level delegations to five people.
In a bid to provide logistic support to the Indian athletes, the Ministry also decided to set up an Olympic Mission Cell in the Embassy of India in Tokyo.
“An Olympic Mission Cell is being set up in the Embassy of India in Tokyo, as a single-window node to provide logistic support to the Indian Contingent bound for Tokyo, so that all possible assistance is rendered seamlessly,” the ministry said.
The Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to be around 190, including over 100 athletes. Indian athletes from 12 sports badminton, boxing, hockey, wrestling, sailing, athletics, archery, equestrian, fencing, rowing, shooting and table tennis — have so far qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
- With inputs from PTI