PM evaluations India’s preparedness for Oly

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, June 3

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting today to review India’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

India likely to send 190-strong contingent

New Delhi: The Indian contingent for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics is expected to be around 190, including over 100 athletes, IOA president Narinder Batra said today as Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju unveiled the official kits for the country’s participants. So far, 100 athletes have qualified for the Games, including 56 men and 44 women. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) expects another 25 to 35 to make the cut. PTI

The PM issued directions that the athletes, support staff and officials travelling to the Olympics must be vaccinated as soon as possible. Incidentally, most of the qualified athletes have already been given the first jab of the vaccine, while few others, including rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil, have already received the second jab.

“Wishes of 135 crore Indians will be with our youngsters who are participating in the Olympics,” PM said.

PM Modi was also briefed that around 100 Indian athletes have qualified for the Olympics across 11 sports disciplines so far. The officials said that the figure may rise with around 25 more athletes likely to earn qualification in the coming weeks.

The figure will rise for Paralympics. A total of 19 Indians had participated in the Rio Paralympics. This time, 26 Indians have already booked their tickets and 16 more athletes are likely to qualify. The PM would be conveying wishes to the contingent through a video conference in July. — PTI

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