Today, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, the formal send-off ceremony will take place as the first batch of athletes will depart from India to Tokyo. The group of 88 individuals consists of 54 athletes, support staff, and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) representatives.
The entire group will be given a formal send-off in an event by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur, and Nisith Pramanik, the Minister of State. The ceremony will also witness the presence of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President, Narinder Dhruv Batra, IOA Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta, and the Director-General of Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan.
Reportedly, the first batch that will depart comprises athletes and support staff in eight sports including – Archery, Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis, Archery, Judo, Gymnastics, and Weightlifting.
To ensure the safety of the athletes, all dignitaries attending the event will have their COVID tests done. Only those with negative reports will be attending the event. In addition, all social distancing measures have also been put in place on the occasion.
This year, 127 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, which is a record, overhauling the 117 that qualified for the Rio Olympics.