22 Indian athletes to participate in the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics

In total, 28 Indian athletes and officials will attend the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.

With the COVID-19 in mind, India will be sending a 228 member contingent including 125 athletes to Tokyo, including officials, coaches, other support staff, as well as alternate athletes.

At the world’s largest sporting event, a handful of Indian athletes will be present, along with six officials. In the opening ceremony, flag bearers Manpreet Singh and MC Mary Kom will lead the Indian contingent. Captain Manpreet Singh will be leading the team out against New Zealand in the opening game of Pool A in the hockey event on Saturday, with boxer Mary Kom not to compete the next day.


In Tokyo, the Indian team consists of eight rifle shooters, five pistol shooters and two skeet shooters, along with six coaches and a physiotherapist. Among the teams competing the morning after the opening ceremony are boxers, archers, and women’s and men’s hockey. Due to COVID-19, the number of athletes from Britain will not exceed 30 at the ceremony. At the Games, the UK has 376 athletes competing.

Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony will be watched by 950 people, including officials and journalists, in the stadium where spectators are not allowed, an organizer said. Asked by reporters about the number of COVID-19 infections among athletes and officials, the chief of Tokyo 2020’s main operation center Hidemasa Nakamura said all cases of the virus must be rapidly identified and controlled.