Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta on Saturday stated that the first batch of the country’s Tokyo-bound Olympic athletes will depart by a chartered flight on July 14. He further confirmed that the remainder of the athletes will travel between July 16 and 19. It should be noted that upon reaching Japan, the players and other officials will have to undergo a mandatory three-day quarantine.
It is also being learned that the day of arrival in the country is considered the zero day following which the Indian contingent will start their mandatory stay in isolation. Only after successful completion of this stay, can they move around and prepare for the event.
Team India is all set for the Games: IOA official
"We will have three days of quarantine. The day of arrival is termed as the zero day. After quarantine, we can move around," the IOA official said at an event.
“The first batch of the Indian contingent, comprising athletes and officials, for the Olympics will leave in an Air India chartered flight on July 14. The rest of the officials will travel between July 16 and 19,” Mehta was quoted as saying in a press release.
Mehta admitted that the pandemic has affected the preparations of the Indian athletes participating in the games but concluded by saying that the contingent is ready for the games and seemed confident of a good performance from them.
"...Team India is all set for the Games, with 115 athletes achieving qualification so far in 18 sports, including a historical first in fencing (CA Bhavani Devi)," he said.