The CDMs, in their daily briefings, also put a cap on the numbers of officials who can attend the opening ceremony. “Only six officials per contingent will be allowed. This has been done to minimise the risk of getting Covid-19 infection,” a source informed TOI.
𝗬𝗘 𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗞𝗛𝗔𝗔𝗦 𝗛𝗔𝗜 😍Women boxers, coaches and support staff pose near Olympic rings at Olympic village 🥊… https://t.co/0VlmyZu8PO
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) 1626857081000
India’s chef-de-mission B P Baishya and other contingent members have been deliberating sending reduced numbers of athletes to the ceremony, which will see the six-time world champion boxer, M C Mary Kom, and national men’s hockey skipper, Manpreet Singh, leading the contingent as flag-bearers. The decision will be taken in consultation with top IOA officials, who have arrived in the Japanese city for the Games. A total of 127 athletes across 18 sports disciplines have qualified for the Olympics from India.
On Wednesday, the British Olympic Association (BOA) decided that only 30 out of 376 from their Games contingent will be part of the opening ceremony at National Stadium.
At the meeting, the CDMs discussed the Covid-19 situation in the Village and its likely impact on the Games, but decided to support the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organising committee (OC) in their decision to continue with the Games in a “safe and bio-secure” environment. While the officials didn’t deny that there’s some degree of panic among the athletes with daily new Covid-19 cases being reported from the Village, the spirit and excitement of participating in a challenging Games environment have trumped such fears, they feel.
𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐎𝐊𝐘𝐎 😍Here are some glimpses as our Baazigars sweat it out at Olympic village ahead of the… https://t.co/1xclKXGzLU
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) 1626706688000
The athletes are being tested daily, with strict adherence to social distancing and wearing of masks inside the Village and during training sessions. However, despite best efforts, Covid-19 cases continue to rise among athletes.
On Tuesday, Tokyo 2020 OC head, Toshiro Muto, had told reporters that he wouldn’t rule out cancelling the Games even at this stage. But, as per the host city agreement between the IOC and Japanese government, only the former can cancel the event and it has no such intentions right now.