Tokyo Olympics: Kiren Rijiju says India won't accept any decision affecting athletes adversely
The Indian contingent is preparing itself to travel to Tokyo for the upcoming Olympic Games. While the Indian Olympic Association is working on providing all the support to the Indian athletes, it is unhappy with some decisions regarding by the organisers.
The Tokyo Olympics is all set to light up the world from July 23. Meanwhile, the Indian contingent is preparing for the global event in the best possible manner to put on its best show yet.
However, the organisers have made some recent decisions regarding the Indian contingent that has not impressed the athletes. On the same note, Indian sports minister Kiren Rijiju has asserted that it would not accept any such decision that adversely affects the Indians. "Any decision that adversely affects Indian athletes is not acceptable to us. There should be no discrimination in any form," he told ANI.
Rijiju's reaction comes just days after the Tokyo organisers imposed strict norms on the Indians to limit their physical interaction with other athletes for a few days upon arrival in Tokyo. The rule is applicable for 11 countries, including India. While the organisers have seemingly put the regulations in place owing to a high level of infection risk in the country, the IOA has asserted that all its participating athletes would be entirely vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Wednesday (June 23), being the International Olympic Day, Rijiju also released the official theme song for the Indian at the Tokyo Olympics, named ''Cheer for India.'' "Today, there is a program to see off our Olympic team at Nehru Stadium with all covid protocol intact. I will launch the Olympic anthem as well. On Olympic day, I want to extend my best wishes to all Olympians, the Indian Olympic team," he further said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the participating Indians ahead of the Games. "In a few weeks, Tokyo 2020 begins. Wishing the very best to our contingent, which consists of our finest athletes. In the run-up to the games, here is an interesting quiz on MyGov. I urge you all, especially my young friends, to take part," he wrote on Twitter.
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