Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday gave a proper send-off to India’s first batch of the Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes from eight disciplines on the Indira Gandhi Worldwide Airport in Delhi. Thakur was accompanied by Minister of State for Sports activities, Nisith Pramanik, Sports activities Authority of India Director Normal Sandip Pradhan and Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) officers, together with President Narinder Batra and Secretary Normal Rajeev Mehta. A contingent of 88 members, which incorporates 54 athletes apart from help employees and IOA representatives, departed for the Japanese capital on Saturday night time to take part within the COVID-hit Tokyo Video games, which is able to start in per week’s time on July 23.
The pink carpet is laid & the cheers are loud.
That is how our sporting heroes are being welcomed at IGI Airport, New Delhi earlier than departing for #Tokyo2020.
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The eight disciplines comprised archery, badminton, desk tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting.
Hockey, consisting of each the lads’s and girls’s groups, is the biggest amongst all disciplines.
The hockey groups had been accorded a heat reception on getting into the IGI terminal, with airport employees clapping on either side as they walked via.
India’s lone weightlifter in fray, Mirabai Chanu, reached Tokyo on Friday from her coaching base in St Louis, USA.
Chanu was accompanied by nationwide coach Vijay Sharma and assistant coach Sandip Kumar, whereas one other assistant coach Pramod Sharma left from the nationwide capital together with the primary batch.
The boxers have left from Italy whereas the shooters reached Tokyo on Saturday, after finishing a protracted training-cum-competition stint in Croatia.
India shall be represented by a 228-strong contingent, together with 119 athletes, on the Tokyo Olympics, which shall be held underneath strict well being protocols and with out spectators within the wake of the raging pandemic.
4 Indian sailors — Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class), KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class) — had been the primary from the nation to achieve Tokyo from their coaching bases in Europe.
They began coaching on Thursday. The Indian taking pictures contingent checked in on the Video games Village on Saturday.
Apart from, the rowing crew has additionally reached Tokyo, whereas the boxing contingent has left from its coaching base in Italy and is scheduled to achieve the Japanese capital by way of Amsterdam on Sunday morning.
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