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Tokyo Olympics: India's contingent checks in; smooth ride to Games Village

India will be represented by a 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes, at the Games.Premium
India will be represented by a 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes, at the Games.

  • The 88-strong contingent from India, which left last night after a grand send-off, was joined by the shooters and boxers who were training in Italy and Croatia till Saturday
  • They landed in the Japanese capital aboard a chartered Air India flight from New Delhi

The first batch of athletes from India's Olympic contingent arrived in Tokyo on Sunday. Clearing the exhaustive COVID-19 related protocols at the airport, the 88-strong contingent entered the Games village earlier today.

The contingent which left from India on Saturday was joined by the shooters and boxers who were training in Italy and Croatia.

The group travelling from India included archers, badminton players, table tennis players, both the men's and women's hockey teams, and qualifiers from judo, gymnastics, and swimming among others.

They were given a grand send-off yesterday at Indira Gandhi International Airport by Shri Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and Shri Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

During his address, Thakur said that Tokyo Olympics 2020 is a momentous occasion for the country and good wishes of 135 cr Indians are with the participating athletes.

The Minister further said that you are select few who are getting this great opportunity and have a long way to go in life, so must give your very best but without taking stress as the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also suggested.

Thakur further said that the athletes must remain strong because when they represent the country in a competition, it's a battle of nerves and ultimately it's their mental strength which will be reflected in their performance.

Later he took to twitter to say, India’s best are all set to conquer the world at Tokyo2020 ! Wishing our brilliant athletes the very best! The pulse of 130 crore Indians is racing!

All eyes on you. Get Set Go!

The team landed in the Japanese capital aboard a chartered Air India flight from New Delhi.

The Games will be held behind closed doors as infections soar in the Japanese capital, which is recording more than 1,000 cases per day for the past few days.

Despite the scepticism, IOC President Thomas Bach has insisted that the Games pose "zero risk" for the residents of Olympic village and the Japanese people in general.

India will be represented by a 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes, at the Games.

Four Indian sailors -- Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class), KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class) -- were the first from the country to reach Tokyo from their training bases in Europe. They started training on Thursday.

Besides, the rowing team has also reached the city.

The ones still to arrive include wrestlers, led by the redoubtable Bajran Punia and Vinesh Phogat, tennis star Sania Mirza along with the rest of the team and the athletics contingent, which features strong medal hope javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.

(With inputs from agencies)

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