Olympic-bound first batch of Indian athletes lands in Tokyo

Olympic-bound first batch of Indian athletes’ group that consisted 88 members having 54 athletes besides support staff and IOA representatives arrived the Japanese capital on Sunday morning ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The first batch of Indian Olympic-bound athletes with high zeals and who are entirely observant of their destinations have landed Sunday morning at the Japanese capital in a chartered Air India flight from New Delhi, ahead of the Tokyo games scheduled from July 23. The 88 members of the group in the first batch involved 54 athletes besides support staff and IOA representatives with eight disciplines of archery, badminton, swimming, table tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics and weightlifting.


The athletes were welcomed with regard at the airport by Kurobe city representatives as they greeted with a banner that said “Kurobe supports Indian athletes! Cheer for India!”

Hockey, which is the biggest discipline among all comprised both, the men’s as well as the women’s team.

The group of Olympic-bound first batch athletes were set off formally from the Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi with loud delights, gratitude and a ton of good luck in the presence of Sports Minister Anurag Thakur who was accompanied by Minister of State of Sports, Sports Authority of India Director-General and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials.

The IGI sighted exceptional scenes, a red carpet was arranged out for the group of athletes, who were leaving off to represent the country in the Tokyo games, by the government of India for the Olympic group clearance.