Tokyo Olympics: Indian delegation to fly out on July 17
The Tokyo Olympics gets underway in just 14 days. Meanwhile, the Indian contingent looks more or less set to compete in the global competition and have its best season ever. On the same note, it would be flying out to the Japanese capital on July 17.
As the date to Tokyo Olympics edges closer, the excitement among the Indian athletes and fans increases with each passing day. With over 120 athletes set to make the nation proud, it is all set to fly out to the Japanese capital on July 17.
The Indian Olympic Association has put in a request to the Tokyo Organising Committee for further clarifications upon the contingent's arrival in Tokyo. The Japanese government has asked the Indians to limit physical interactions with others for at least three days upon arrival.
"Since we have not received the necessary approvals from TOCOG hence we are now coordinating for the departure of the Indian contingent to now depart from India on 17 July 2021 and arrive in Tokyo on 18 July 2021. We are extremely disappointed that our request has not been approved. However, given the medical protocols imposed on India for the seven days prior to departure, we have no other option now, but then to depart on 17 July 2021 and arrive in Tokyo on 18 July 2021," a letter from IOA read, reports ANI.
"However, with reference to our earlier discussions regarding the departure of athletes after their competition finishes and that flights to India are limited and in some case, the athletes/support staff may not be able to departure the village within 48 hours of the conclusion of the competition. In these specific cases, will we also be required to submit a 'Period of Stay Exemption Request Form' with the request to allow the athletes/support staff to remain in the village until flights are available," it added.
India is all set to take part in 18 sports during the Tokyo Olympics. So far, athletics (26), hockey (31) and shooting (15) happen to be the sports with most athletes and look promising of winning medals.
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