NEW DELHI: The Indian contingent for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics is anticipated to be round 190, together with over 100 athletes, IOA president Narinder Batra mentioned on Thursday as Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju unveiled the official kits for the nation’s individuals.
Thus far, 100 athletes have certified for the Tokyo Video games, together with 56 males and 44 ladies. The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) expects one other 25 to 35 to make the lower for the Video games, which open on July 23.
Indian athletes from 12 sports activities — badminton, boxing, hockey, wrestling, crusing, athletics, archery, equestrian, fencing, rowing, capturing and desk tennis — have up to now certified for the Tokyo Olympics. Gymnast Pranati Nayak is ready to qualify however but to be confirmed by the world physique of the game.

Golf, Judo and Swimming are different disciplines the place Indian athletes can qualify.
“…we’re estimating to the touch 125 to 135 (certified athletes) by the following two to a few weeks when the qualification course of is over,” Batra mentioned through the on-line ceremony which additionally marked 50 days to the Video games.
“This implies the Indian contingent, together with officers and help workers, is prone to be round 190,” he added.
The variety of officers can’t be greater than one-third of the athlete group as per the Sports activities Ministry guidelines. The ministry can, nonetheless, enable further officers for free of charge to the federal government.

Batra additionally reiterated that India’s medal haul can contact the double-digit mark in Tokyo, which will probably be an unprecedented achievement. India’s finest medal haul got here within the 2012 London Olympics, the place the nation snared six medals, together with two silver and 4 bronze.
The IOA chief mentioned that every one the athletes who’ve certified for the Olympics have acquired the primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine apart from just a few who’ve just lately contracted the virus.
He requested Rijiju to make sure that all of the Indian athletes are totally vaccinated earlier than they head to Tokyo.

“The IOC will challenge a Playbook (newest model) this month however there will probably be solely minor modifications (from the sooner model). We now have to comply with all of the well being and security protocols in view of the pandemic.”
Unveiling the official kits of the Indian contingent, Rijiju mentioned the entire nation is behind the athletes.
“The Olympics is the platform the place the very best on the earth will compete. I hope our athletes will make their finest effort and make the nation proud by successful medals,” he mentioned.
“Immediately, the Prime Minister took a overview of the nation’s preparation for the Olympics and guaranteed the taking part athletes that all the nation is behind them,” he added.

He mentioned his ministry has offered every kind of help — monetary and logistical — to the athletes amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m pleased to say that our athletes are nicely ready for the most important sporting occasion. We’re simply 50 days away from the Tokyo Video games. Now each day, each second counts. The launch of the official package of the Indian Olympic crew is a vital facet,” Rijiju mentioned.
“We may have organised an enormous occasion to mark the event however for this pandemic,” the minister lamented.
The official kits are sponsored by Li Ning — IOA’s sports activities attire companion — whereas the official ceremonial kits are sponsored by styling companion Raymonds.
“Li Ning designed the official sports activities package, impressed by India’s nationwide colors and built-in distinctive graphics to emote the power and delight of the Indian Olympic Staff,” the IOA mentioned in a launch.
IOA Secretary Normal Rajiv Mehta mentioned that 4 units of official kits will probably be given to every athlete and greater than 100 kits have been stored apart as contingency.
“We now have acquired the well being protocols the athletes must comply with. There will probably be double testing of athletes earlier than departure. All this stuff, we’ll work out with the chef-de-mission and his deputy,” Mehta mentioned.
“We’re sending among the best Indian groups until date which includes many younger and skilled skills. All of the athletes are coaching laborious and are motivated for the Olympics.”
Six Olympic-bound athletes — Neeraj Chopra, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Sumit Malik and Seema Bisla — have been current.
Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent BP Baishya, his deputy Prem Chand Verma, Sports activities secretary Ravi Mital and Sports activities Authority of India director common Sandip Pradhan have been additionally current.


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