Only 30 Indian athletes to participate in Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony

Of the total 126 Indian athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics, only 30 of them will feature in the games’ opening ceremony on Friday.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, athletes from seven sports, including shooting, badminton, archery and hockey, will skip the opening ceremony on Friday.

Also, these athletes have competitions lined up the next day.

“Archery, Judo, Badminton, Weightlifting, Tennis, Hockey (men and women), Shooting, the above are not participating due to matches on 24th, practice sessions on 24th and staying safe,” Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra said.

“The march past will be in Japanese alphabetical order and India’s number is 21st,” he added.

Earlier, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta had said that not more than 50 will attend the ceremony while only six officials from each country will be allowed to take part in the march-past.

Notably, boxer M C Mary Kom and men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be the flag-bearers in the opening ceremony.

News Desk

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