On Saturday, the sports minister of India Kiren Rijiju urged Indians to back the Olympic-bound athletes. Amid all the uncertainty, more than 90 athletes have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021 while many are expected to find their spots in the next few days.
Originally slated to be hosted in 2020, the Tokyo Olympics was postponed by a year. Now it’s scheduled to be conducted from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.
Kiren Rijiju tweeted and urged fellow country supporters to back the Indian athletes. “I invite every Indian to cheer for our athletes as they train to win laurels for India despite difficult times. Yes, India is ready to go and shine at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics!”
I invite every Indian to cheer for our athletes as they train to win laurels for India despite difficult times. Yes, India is ready to go and shine at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics!#HumHongeKamyab #TeamIndia #SonySportsNetwork #Olympics#OlympicsJosh #JaiHind 🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/3dVaNE2PHa
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 29, 2021
Along with the message, he also shared a video in which he is seen saying “Join me in wishing our athletes all the very best for the Olympics”.
Olympic Preparations are on schedule
The preparation for the Olympics is on course. A few days back, the Olympic-bound athletes received their first jab of vaccination. Total 163 athletes including para-athletes received their first dose of vaccination.
While citing the covid surge in India, many of the athletes have been shifted to other countries so that the pandemic situation does not cause any trouble with their training routines.
On Monday, the IOA sought the details regarding the vaccination of athletes from the national federation. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which is the head of Indian Olympic also asked NSFs if they have made their athletes fully aware of the COVID protocols before departure for Tokyo and if they are taking “extra and special precautions”.