Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom, Manpreet Singh lead India at Parade of Nations at somber opening ceremony

Mary Kom &, Manpreet Singh

Boxing legend Mary Com and Indian men's ice hockey team captain Manpreet Singh lead the Indian national team at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and lead the Indian national team at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Candidates wear sports blazers with their national names. All members of the squad, except Mary and Manpreet, waved small Indian flags and held Indian flags in front of them. Manpreet is the only hockey player in the delegation because the number of players participating in the parade is kept to a minimum.
 

Mary also played with other boxers Lovlina Borgohain, Puja Rani, Amit Pangal, Manish Koshik, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar.Athletes involved in sports such as shooting, badminton, archery and hockey were unable to attend the event as they did not want the Indian delegation to be at risk of contracting the virus in a match scheduled for Saturday.Table tennis duo Manika Batra and Sharat Kamal were on the roster last night but decided not to attend the opening ceremony due to mixed pairs scheduled for 12:30 pm on 24 July. However, tennis star Ankita Raina was listed at the last minute with 19 players and 6 employees.Six staff members were present: Birender Prasad Baishya, India Mission Director, and Dr. Prem Verma, Tim Dr. Arun Basil Matthew, table tennis team manager MP Singh, boxing coach Muhammad Ali Qamar, gymnastics coach Lakhan Sharma.

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