Tokyo Olympics: IOA seeks clarification from organisers over strict regulations for Indian athletes
The Tokyo Olympics is set to run from July 23 to August 8. Meanwhile, the organisers have imposed strict regulation for Indian athletes upon arrival, as the Indian Olympic Association is not happy and has demanded an explanation from the organisers.
There seems to be a hurdle for the Indian contingent for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, as the Japanese organisers have imposed strict regulations for them upon arrival. Consequently, the Indian Olympic Association is not happy with the same.
It was reported that the organisers asked the Indians to limit physical interaction with other athletes for at least three days since arrival in Tokyo. The regulations apply to athletes of 11 countries, including India.
Furthermore, the organisers have demanded the RT-PCR test report of the athletes 48 hours before departure. However, the IOA has clarified that it would not get the test report before departure and has requested them to consider the test report conducted 48 hours prior.
Also, quite a few Indian athletes are currently training abroad. As for the same, the IOA also demanded an explanation from the organisers over the strict regulations for the Indians and if they are equally applicable for the ones training abroad and would directly fly into Tokyo.
"Currently, we have a number of Indian athletes training abroad for more than 30 days and will be travelling directly from the training locations to Tokyo. The countries they are training are not in the list of 11 countries that have these new additional conditions. Kindly confirm that these specific athletes training out of India for over 30 days will not be required to follow these additional entry conditions," the IOA said in a letter to the organisers.
"The TOCOG circulated list of labs and testing facilities for COVID-19 PCR tests in India are few. Please be aware that some testing labs are upto 400km away from places where our athletes are training...(we) requests for additional labs at the locations where our athletes are training," it further read.
"We have been informed by the approved (medical) centre in Delhi that they will supply a soft copy via email of the results of PCR tests within 24 hours and a hard copy within 30 hours. This slow turnaround time would mean that members of the contingent may not be able to provide or carry a copy of their PCR test results for the period of 48 hours prior to their arrival in Tokyo," it continued.
"Since it is difficult to receive the PCR test reports for last 48 hours based on the information provided by the TOCOG approved laboratories, we request clarification on this issue as we would not like any inconveniences for our athletes, officials, delegates....who do not have PCR test reports with them for the last 48 hours," it concluded.
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