Most Indian athletes opt out of Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, about 30 to participate | Olympics

Indian athletes from seven sports activities, together with capturing, badminton, archery and hockey, will skip the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as a result of of Covid-19 issues and competitions lined up the subsequent day, leaving simply about 30 in attendance on the occasion.

From hockey, solely flag-bearer, males’s workforce captain Manpreet Singh, will participate within the ceremony.

“Archery, Judo, Badminton, Weightlifting, Tennis, Hockey (men and women), Shooting, the above are not participating due to matches on 24th, practice sessions on 24th and staying safe,” Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra stated.

“The march past will be in Japanese alphabetical order and India’s number is 21st,” he added.

IOA secretary normal (*30*) Mehta had earlier acknowledged that not more than 50 will attend the ceremony. Only six officers from every nation are being allowed participate within the march-past.

“We won’t like to create a situation where our athletes are in danger of getting infected. So a decision has been taken to limit the number of athletes and officials participating in the opening ceremony within 50,” Mehta instructed PTI.

At this level, the Indian participation seems to be like this — Hockey (1), Boxing (8), Table Tennis (4), Rowing (2), Gymnastics (1), Swimming (1), Sailing (4), Fencing (1), Officials (6).

“Both the flag-bearers ie M C Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh are participating in the opening ceremony,” Batra stated.

The resolution was taken after a meeting between chef de mission B P Baishya and coaches right here this morning.

India is being represented by greater than 125 athletes within the Games with the general contingent measurement being 228, together with officers, coaches, different assist workers and alternate athletes in view of the Covid-19.

Along with the shooters, archers and the lads’s and girls’s hockey groups are additionally scheduled to compete the day after the opening ceremony.

While Mary Kom isn’t scheduled to compete the subsequent day, Manpreet might be main the facet out for the primary Pool A recreation towards New Zealand on Saturday.

“Those who are quarantining are also not allowed,” deputy chef de missio Prem Kumar Verma had stated about the athletes and officers, who’ve not too long ago landed within the Japanese metropolis.

Among different international locations, Britain can have not more than 30 athletes collaborating within the ceremony due to Covid-19 fears.

The UK has 376 athletes in fray on the Games.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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