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Tokyo Olympics: Threat of Corona – Only 20 players from India will enter the opening ceremony

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Tokyo Olympics: Threat of Corona – Only 20 players from India will enter the opening ceremony

Tokyo Olympics:Due to the concerns of Covid-19 and the organization of some competitions, only 20 players and six officials from 7 sports in India opened the Olympics here.

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Due to the threat of Covid-19 and the organization of some competitions, only 20 players and 6 officials from 7 sports of India ended the opening of Tokyo Olympics.
Most of India’s players have decided to stay away from the event. Players of sports like shooting, badminton, archery and hockey are not participating in the function Because the Indian team wants to protect its players from the risk of the virus. Anyway, most of the players have to participate in their events from Saturday.

Only the flag bearer from hockey and the men’s team captain Manpreet Singh will attend the ceremony.Among the 20 players who will participate in the opening ceremony, 4 players from table tennis including Manika Batra and Achant Sharath Kamal and an equal number of players from the sailing team.

Swordsman CA Bhavani Devi, gymnast Pranati Nayak and swimmer Sajan Prakash, besides eight boxers will also represent India at the opening ceremony.
Boxer MC Mary Kom is the flag bearer. Apart from them Simranjit Kaur, Lovlina Borgohain, Pooja Rani, Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar will be part of the ceremony.
More than 125 players from India are participating in the Tokyo Olympics and the Indian contingent consists of 228 members including officials, coaches, support staff and alternate players.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra said, “Archery, Judo, Badminton, Weightlifting, Tennis, Hockey (Men and Women) Shooting players have to participate.”

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He said, ‘March past will be according to the Japanese alphabet and India is number 21. Both the flag bearers MC Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh will attend the opening ceremony.

Officials who will take part in the ceremony include India’s team leader Birender Prasad Baishya, deputy team leader Prem Verma, team doctor Dr. Arun Basil Mathew, table tennis team manager MP Singh, boxing coach Mohammad Ali Qamar and gymnastics coach Lakhan Sharma.

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