Tokyo Olympics: Narinder Batra warns Indian athletes about waiting for 4 hours at Narita airport
The Tokyo Olympics is just around the corner, with 13 days to go. Meanwhile, the Indians are scheduled to depart soon and reach by July 17. However, there would be a lengthy procedure following their arrival at the Narita airport, as IOA chief Narinder Batra has warned.
The Indian contingent is all set to depart for Tokyo in the coming days for the upcoming Olympics, starting July 23. Over 120 Indian athletes are scheduled to participate in the global event and are expected to fly out by July 17.
Meanwhile, since the prevailing circumstances surround the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging, the procedures upon arrival would be different, unlike the regular times. On the same note, the Indian Olympic Association Anrinder Batra has warned the athletes of their challenges following their arrival at the Narita airport in Tokyo.
Batra stated after receiving information from the Chef De Mission meeting on Friday that the Czech Republic team, following its arrival, had "to wait for 4 HRS before the immigration process to begin and waited for three hours to board the transport. No food and no water was provided. Germany highlighted the Volunteer services are almost non-existent."
"Sharing with all of you so that you are mentally prepared for what you may very likely expect at the Airport until you reach the Village, these games are being held under extraordinary circumstances and we should try to support Japan and go thru everything with a smile," his statement added.
Also, Baishya added that besides the mandatory COVID protocols, it is the immigration that could take time to be cleared. "...We have raised the problems we are facing and likely to face in Tokyo and the organisers have promised to look into them. But, one thing is clear that our athletes will have to stay at the Tokyo airport for five to six hours after arrival," he was quoted as saying by PTI.
In the meantime, the organisers identified the issues and they are looking into so that it is not repeated again. "The issue has been raised today to the organising committee. They will work on it with the government to make sure it does not happen anymore," they said.
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