Tokyo Olympics: No 3-day isolation, training restrictions for Indian athletes training abroad

Tokyo Olympics: In a series of fortunate events, the Indian athletes practicing abroad for the Tokyo Olympics will be spared from going…

Tokyo Olympics: In a series of fortunate events, the Indian athletes practicing abroad for the Tokyo Olympics will be spared from going through the conventional three days isolation.

Although the athletes traveling from India will not be allowed to meet athletes from other countries for the first three days of their arrival, they will be allowed to train during this quarantine period.

Likewise, the accompanying officials can also continue their functions at the Village during the three-day period but will not be allowed to physically interact or meet other representatives.

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The additional conditions imposed upon Group 1 countries don’t apply to the Indian athletes undergoing training abroad for more than 14 days. This means that they don’t have to undergo quarantine for three days and the condition of getting themselves continuously tested for seven days prior to their departure doesn’t apply to them. However, two negative test reports within 96 hours and 72 hours are applicable to athletes of all participating nations,” Dr. Prem Verma, India’s deputy chef-de-mission, told TOI.

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Tokyo Olympics: Indian athletes training abroad:

The 15-member air rifle and pistol (Zagreb in Croatia) and skeet (Italy) shooters, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (Europe), tennis star Sania Mirza (UK) wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, and Deepak Kumar (Russia and Poland), Vinesh Phogat and Anshu (Estonia) and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (St Louis in the US).

Out of the 9 qualified men and women boxers and their sparring partners, 8 are training in Italy and will return to India on the 10th of July to head off to Tokyo with other members.

Verma also notified that they have acquired information from the Olympic Committee, supporting supplementary RT-PCR testing labs as requested by the IOA. “We had originally demanded approval for 13 labs, but the OC approved a total of 23 additional labs. It’s a significant number.

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Now, these labs can begin the testing. For Hyderabad, no lab was approved by the OC. So, we requested them to give accreditation to two labs for RT-PCR testing. The approval hasn’t come which I believe was a complete oversight on their (OC) part. The matter will be taken up on Saturday with the OC. Hopefully, the approval will come soon.

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