First batch of athletes to depart for Tokyo Olympics on July 17: IOA

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The first batch of India’s Olympic-bound athletes will depart for Tokyo on July 17, IOA President Narinder Batra revealed on Thursday whereas expressing disappointment on the Games organisers’ refusal to permit them to verify in sooner than that.

The IOA needed the primary batch of athletes and officers to depart on July 14 and serve three days of obligatory quarantine on reaching Tokyo. More than 120 athletes are certain for the Games.

But in a letter to Kate Yoneyama, Regional Manager (Asia and Ocenia, NOC Relations) of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG), Batra wrote with the required approvals nonetheless pending, IOA was left with no different possibility however to ship the primary batch on July 17,” Batra acknowledged.

He, nonetheless, didn’t reveal the power of the group that may depart on July 17.

“…since we have not received the necessary approvals from TOCOG hence we are now coordinating for the departure of the Indian contingent from Indian 17 July 2021 and arrive in Tokyo on 18 July 2021,” the IOA chief wrote.

“We are extremely disappointed that our request has not been approved. However, given the medical protocols imposed on India for the 7 days prior to departure we have no other option now but to depart on 17 July and arrive on 18 July,” he added.

In view of the raging COVID-19 circumstances, the Tokyo Olympics can be held below a state of emergency in Japan with out spectators from July 23 to August 8.

In his letter, the IOA chief has additionally requested for sure different clarifications like switch from airport to the Games Village, meals of athletes, take a look at package distribution circulation, and protocols associated to pre-opening companies like lodging of athletes/assist employees.

He has additionally sought an advisory on the laundry companies in the course of the three-day quarantine interval.

The Indian athletes who’re coaching overseas, akin to boxers and shooters, can be exempt from the stricter rules which were put in place for these arriving from high-risk COVID-hit international locations like India.

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