Thus far, 100 athletes have certified for the Tokyo Video games, together with 56 males and 44 ladies. The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) expects one other 25 to 35 to make the reduce for the Video games, which open on July 23.
Indian athletes from 12 sports activities — badminton, boxing, hockey, wrestling, crusing, athletics, archery, equestrian, fencing, rowing, taking pictures and desk tennis — have to this point certified for the Tokyo Olympics. Gymnast Pranati Nayak is ready to qualify however but to be confirmed by the world physique of the game.
Golf, Judo and Swimming are different disciplines the place Indian athletes can qualify.
“…we’re estimating to the touch 125 to 135 (certified athletes) by the following two to a few weeks when the qualification course of is over,” Batra stated throughout the on-line ceremony which additionally marked 50 days to the Video games.
“This implies the Indian contingent, together with officers and assist workers, is more likely to be round 190,” he added.
The variety of officers can’t be greater than one-third of the athlete group as per the Sports activities Ministry guidelines. The ministry can, nonetheless, permit further officers for gratis to the federal government.
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Batra additionally reiterated that India’s medal haul can contact the double-digit mark in Tokyo, which will likely be an unprecedented achievement. India’s finest medal haul got here within the 2012 London Olympics, the place the nation snared six medals, together with two silver and 4 bronze.
The IOA chief stated that every one the athletes who’ve certified for the Olympics have obtained the primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine apart from just a few who’ve lately contracted the virus.
He requested Rijiju to make sure that all of the Indian athletes are absolutely vaccinated earlier than they head to Tokyo.
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“The IOC will challenge a Playbook (newest model) this month however there will likely be solely minor modifications (from the sooner model). We’ve got to comply with all of the well being and security protocols in view of the pandemic.”
Unveiling the official kits of the Indian contingent, Rijiju stated the entire nation is behind the athletes.
“The Olympics is the platform the place one of the best on the planet will compete. I hope our athletes will make their finest effort and make the nation proud by profitable medals,” he stated.
“At this time, the Prime Minister took a assessment of the nation’s preparation for the Olympics and guaranteed the collaborating athletes that the whole nation is behind them,” he added.
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He stated his ministry has supplied every kind of assist — monetary and logistical — to the athletes amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m glad to say that our athletes are properly ready for the largest sporting occasion. We’re simply 50 days away from the Tokyo Video games. Now on daily basis, each second counts. The launch of the official equipment of the Indian Olympic crew is a crucial side,” Rijiju stated.
“We might have organised a giant occasion to mark the event however for this pandemic,” the minister lamented.
The official kits are sponsored by Li Ning — IOA’s sports activities attire accomplice — whereas the official ceremonial kits are sponsored by styling accomplice Raymonds.
“Li Ning designed the official sports activities equipment, impressed by India’s nationwide colors and built-in distinctive graphics to emote the power and satisfaction of the Indian Olympic Workforce,” the IOA stated in a launch.
IOA Secretary Common Rajiv Mehta stated that 4 units of official kits will likely be given to every athlete and greater than 100 kits have been stored apart as contingency.
“We’ve got obtained the well being protocols the athletes need to comply with. There will likely be double testing of athletes earlier than departure. All this stuff, we’ll work out with the chef-de-mission and his deputy,” Mehta stated.
“We’re sending among the finest Indian groups until date which contains many younger and skilled skills. All of the athletes are coaching exhausting and are motivated for the Olympics.”
Six Olympic-bound athletes — Neeraj Chopra, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Sumit Malik and Seema Bisla — had been current.
Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent BP Baishya, his deputy Prem Chand Verma, Sports activities secretary Ravi Mital and Sports activities Authority of India director basic Sandip Pradhan had been additionally current.