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Jul 18, 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2020: First batch of Indian athletes land in Tokyo

The first batch of Indian athletes for the Tokyo Olympics have landed in the Japanese capital. The boxing team, led by the legendary MC Mary Kom, badminton ace PV Sindhu, archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari, along with the Men’s and Women’s Indian hockey teams, reached Tokyo today. So far, athletes and support staff of 13 different disciplines including badminton, archery, hockey, judo, swimming, weightlifting, gymnastics, shooting, boxing, rowing, sailing, weightlifting and table tennis, have reached Japan. The remaining contingent, including wrestling and athletics teams, are expected to join them soon.

While most of the athletes flew out from New Delhi yesterday night, the boxing team made its way to Tokyo 2020 from their training base at Assisi in Italy through Amsterdam. The 15-member strong shooting team too reached the Games village on Friday from its camp in Croatia. The shooters are expected to hit the range tomorrow. National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia said, the team have settled down at the Games village. There is no quarantine or any isolation required for them as they have arrived from Croatia.

The sailing team of Nethra Kumanan, Vishnu Saravanan, KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar, along with rowers Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh, arrived in Tokyo earlier this week.

The athletes travelling from India will undergo a three-day quarantine in the Games Village ahead of the Games, which begin on Friday.

A total of 127 athletes will make up the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Games, making it the biggest-ever for the country at the Olympics.

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