• India is being represented by more than 125 athletes in the Games
  • India will send a minimum number of athletes to opening ceremony
  • Athletes who have competitions lined up next day been told to skip event

To avoid the risk of Covid-19 infection, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta said that India would be sending a minimum number of athletes to the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We won’t like to create a situation where our athletes are in danger of getting infected. Meeting is on at the moment to decide on the exact number but will be kept to a minimum to avoid risk of infection,” Rajeev Mehta told IndiaToday.In.

The athletes who have competitions lined up the next day have already been told to skip the event.

The likes of 10m air pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan, who have events on the first competition day, will skip the ceremony along with Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar will be shooting on the second day.

The Indian team has eight rifle, five pistol and two skeet shooters, besides six coaches and a physiotherapist in Tokyo.

Boxers, archers and the men’s and women’s hockey teams are also scheduled to compete the day after the opening ceremony.

India have named men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh and six-time world champion woman boxer M C Mary Kom as the flag-bearers for the opening ceremony.

While Mary Kom is not scheduled to compete the next day, Manpreet will be leading the side out for the first Pool A game against New Zealand on Saturday.India is being represented by more than 125 athletes in the Games with the overall contingent size being 228, including officials, coaches, other support staff an alternate athletes in view of the Covid-19.

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