Olympics: First batch of Indian contingent reaches Tokyo after rousing send-off

Upbeat and totally focussed on their objectives, the principal cluster of India’s 88-in number Olympic-bound unforeseen came to here on Sunday morning to take part in the COVID-hit Tokyo Games, starting on July 23.

In the midst of unhappiness encompassing the Games in view of the pandemic, competitors and authorities from eight disciplines of toxophilism, badminton, table tennis, hockey, judo, tumbling, swimming and weightlifting arrived in the Japanese capital in a contracted Air India departure from New Delhi.

The unforeseen of 88 individuals included 54 competitors, other than help staff and IOA agents.

The Indian competitors were welcomed at the air terminal by the Kurobe city delegates, who accompanied a pennant “Kurobe upholds Indian competitors!! #Cheer4India!.

Hockey, comprising of both the people’s groups, is the biggest among all disciplines.

On Saturday night, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur gave a formal farewell to the unforeseen at the Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi in the midst of uproarious cheers, applauds and a lot of good wishes.

The IGI saw phenomenal scenes as an honorary pathway was spread out for the Olympic-bound unexpected. Such was the rapture encompassing the farewell, that the Government of India had masterminded an exceptional Olympic Contingent Clearance migration line for the Tokyo-bound individuals.

Alongside Thakur, the farewell function was gone to by Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandip Pradhan and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) authorities, including President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta.

A portion of the Indian competitors have effectively arrived at Tokyo from their particular preparing bases abroad.

India’s solitary weightlifter in conflict, Mirabai Chanu arrived at Tokyo on Friday from her preparation base in St Louis, USA.

The fighters and shooters have likewise reached from their individual preparing bases in Italy and Croatia.

India will be addressed by a 228-in number unforeseen, including 119 competitors, at the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held under exacting wellbeing conventions and without observers in the wake of the furious pandemic.

Four Indian mariners — Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class), KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class) — were the first from the nation to arrive at Tokyo from their preparation bases in Europe. They began preparing on Thursday.

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