Amid the gloom surrounding the Games due to the pandemic, athletes and officials from eight disciplines of archery, badminton, table tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting touched down in the Japanese capital from New Delhi on an Air India charter flight from New Delhi.
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The 88-member contingent included 54 athletes, in addition to support staff and IOA representatives.
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The Indian athletes were greeted at the airport by the representatives of the city of Kurobe, who came with a banner “Kurobe supports Indian athletes !! # Cheer4India!.”
Hockey, made up of male and female teams, is the most important of all disciplines.
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On Saturday evening, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur officially sent the contingent to Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi amidst cheers, applause and many good wishes.
The IGI witnessed unprecedented scenes as a red carpet was laid for the contingent linked to the Olympics. The euphoria surrounding the departure was such that the Indian government had organized a special immigration line for the authorization of the Olympic contingent for members bound for Tokyo.
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Besides Thakur, the launching ceremony was attended by the Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik, the Director General of the Indian Sports Authority Sandip Pradhan and officials from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), including President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta.
Some of the Indian athletes have already reached Tokyo from their respective training bases abroad.
The only Indian weightlifter in the fray, Mirabai Chanu reached Tokyo on Friday from her training base in St Louis, United States.
Boxers and shooters also joined their respective training bases in Italy and Croatia.
India will be represented by a contingent of 228 people, including 119 athletes, at the Tokyo Olympics, which will take place under strict health protocols and without spectators in the wake of the raging pandemic.
Four Indian sailors – Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class), KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class) – were the country’s first to reach Tokyo from their training bases in Europe. They started training on Thursday.
In addition, the rowing team also reached Tokyo.