Tokyo 2020:-To reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection, India would only send a small number of athletes to the opening ceremony

Source:- India Today

Source:- India Today

India will send a minimum number of athletes to the opening ceremony, according to Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta. Athletes with events the next day have already been advised to avoid the event.

"We won't like to create a situation where our athletes are in danger of getting infected. Meeting is on at the moment to decide on the exact number but will be kept to a minimum to avoid risk of infection,” Rajeev Mehta told IndiaToday.In

Athletes with events the next day have already been advised to skip the event.

10m air pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Apurvi Chandela, and Elavenil Valarivan will skip the ceremony, while Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Deepak Kumar, and Divyansh Singh Panwar will compete on the second day.

In Tokyo, the Indian squad has eight rifle, pistol, and skeet shooters, as well as six instructors and a physiotherapist.

The day after the opening ceremony, boxers, archers, and the men's and women's hockey teams will compete.

The flag-bearers for the opening ceremony will be India's men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh and six-time world champion woman boxer M C Mary Kom.

While Mary Kom is not supposed to compete the next day, Manpreet Singh will lead the team out against New Zealand in the first Pool A game on Saturday. In view of the Covid-19, India has more than 125 competitors competing in the Games, with a total contingent size of 228, which includes officials, coaches, other support staff, and alternate athletes. 

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