While the Indian athletes are gearing up for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making sure the participants from the nation get the best support from its people. From guiding people to not put pressure on the participants to starting new trends to cheer the Olympic-bound Indian stars, the leader is doing everything that could uplift the morale of the players.
In a latest update related to the Games, PM Modi will speak to the Olympic-bound Indian athletes virtually on July 13 at 5 PM. He will interact with the sportspersons to wish them luck for the Tokyo Games which will take place between July 23 and August 8. A total of 120 plus Indian athletes across 18 sporting categories have so far qualified or been named in the final squad by their respective federations for the rescheduled mega event.
Notably, PM Modi on Friday reviewed the preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at the Games. He discussed the logistical details, their vaccination status, and the multi-disciplinary support being provided to the players.
Japan announces state of emergency in Tokyo
The COVID-19 situation in Tokyo is getting worse with each passing day. The Japan capital is reporting close to 920 new coronavirus cases - the highest since mid-May - two weeks ahead of the Olympics. On Thursday, it was announced that the upcoming Games will be held without spectators in the stadiums owing to the sudden spike in the coronavirus cases in the country. Notably, Japan has announced a coronavirus state of emergency in the capital from July 12 to August 22 amid rising cases.
India’s highest medal tally in a single Olympic Games is six
The 2012 London Games remains India’s most successful Olympic outing ever. India had 83 competitors in these games, who managed to bag six medals, including two silver and four bronze, among them. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, India had 117 competitors but the country couldn’t manage to break the medal tally of the preceding mega event.