IOA seeks clarification from Tokyo organisers on entry of foreign-based athletes

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday requested the Tokyo Games organisers to make clear whether or not the strict laws imposed on the entry of nation’s athletes to Japan would additionally apply to those that are at the moment coaching overseas and are resulting from attain immediately.

Several athletes, together with shooters, wrestlers and boxers are at the moment coaching overseas. Of these, the boxers are scheduled to return to India on July 10 earlier than flying off to Tokyo.

The Tokyo organisers have prescribed stricter laws for all travellers — together with athletes, coaches and help workers — from 11 international locations, together with India, the place completely different variants of COVID-19 have been recognized, inside 14 days of their arrival in Tokyo.

“Currently, we have a number of Indian athletes training abroad for more than 30 days and will be travelling directly from the training locations to Tokyo. The countries they are training are not in the list of 11 countries that have these new additional conditions,” the IOA mentioned in a letter to the Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (TOCOG).

“Kindly confirm that these specific athletes training out of India for over 30 days will not be required to follow these additional entry conditions,” IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary basic Rajeev Mehta mentioned within the letter.

The Indian athletes and officers travelling for the Olympics have been requested by the Japanese authorities to endure each day COVID-19 checks for per week previous to their departure and to not work together with anybody from one other nation for 3 days upon arrival, strictures which have left the IOA fuming.

Terming the principles as “unfair and discriminatory”, the IOA had earlier written to the TOCOG to make sure that mechanisms to stop COVID-19 should not have any “adverse and detrimental impact” on efficiency of athletes.

The IOA additionally instructed the TOCOG that the Indian contingent members could not have the ability to get maintain of the report of the RT-PCR checks carried out 48 hours previous to departure for Tokyo.

It requested the TOCOG to permit the Indians to do the checks greater than 48 hours earlier than their departure.

“…the TOCOG circulated list of labs and testing facilities for COVID-19 PCR tests in India are few. Please be aware that some testing labs are upto 400km away from places where our athletes are training…(we) requests for additional labs at the locations where our athletes are training.

“We have been knowledgeable by the accepted (medical) centre in Delhi that they may provide a gentle copy by way of e-mail of the outcomes of PCR checks inside 24 hours and a tough copy inside 30 hours.

“…this slow turnaround time … would mean that members of the contingent may not be able to provide or carry a copy of their PCR test results for the period of 48 hours prior to their arrival in Tokyo,” the letter mentioned.

The IOA prompt TOCOG to “recommend that delegate members should be tested 9 days prior to their departure so that they have at least 7 negative test reports with them or restrict the number of reports to 5 which will be possible to obtain for the tests completed in the last 7 days”.

“Since it is difficult to receive the PCR test reports for last 48 hours based on the information provided by the TOCOG approved laboratories, we request clarification on this issue as we would not like any inconveniences for our athletes, officials, delegates….who do not have PCR test reports with them for the last 48 hours.”

On Sunday, in reply to an earlier letter of the IOA, the TOCOG had mentioned that the organisers have been “working to define how athletes of your NOC as well from other 10 countries and all other 195 NOCs can stay safe in the Villages and have training”.

“We hope to provide you with those information and discuss together as soon as possible we develop it,” the Games organisers had mentioned in a letter to the IOA.

Earlier, the advisory from the Tokyo Games organisers had mentioned that athletes from Group 1 international locations, together with India, should be examined every single day, for seven days, previous to departure to Japan.

Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been clubbed in Group 1.

“Physical distancing: For seven days prior to your departure to Japan, you must keep your physical interaction with all others, including from another team, delegation or country, to an absolute minimum,” the advisory mentioned.

On arrival, athletes and officers may even not be allowed to work together with anybody else aside from their very own delegation for 3 days.

“At the Games. You will be tested every day as is the case for all athletes and officials.

“For three days after your arrival in Japan, you will be unable to bodily work together with anybody from one other group, delegation or nation.”

Athletes have been asked to check into the Games Village five days before their competition begins.

Batra and secretary general Rajeev Mehta, in a joint statement, had questioned the new regulations.

“Athletes are allowed to reach within the Games Village solely 5 days earlier than their occasion. Now 3 days will probably be wasted, that is the time the athletes should be shifting in the direction of their mode to peak. Highly unfair for Indian athletes,” it had mentioned in an announcement.

The IOA had additionally questioned the necessity for the laws provided that athletes from India will probably be totally vaccinated and will probably be present process each day checks for per week earlier than their departure.

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