Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Indian athletes for Tokyo Olympics on July 13 at 5 pm through video conferencing. According to ANI, Prime Minister Office stated in the official release, “The interaction by the Prime Minister is an endeavour to motivate the athletes ahead of their participation at the games. He had recently reviewed the preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at Tokyo 2020.”
On Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi had discussed the inspirational journeys of some of the athletes and also urged the nation to watch the Olympics games and support the athletes wholeheartedly (#cheer4India). Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik and Law minister Kiren Rijiju will also attend the event.
India has the biggest contingent in the Olympics with a total of 126 athletes across 18 sports disciplines. The country will participate in 69 cumulative events across 18 sport disciplines. Last week, IOA (Indian Olympic Association) had decided that Indian boxer Mary Kom and hockey captain Manpreet Singh will be the torchbearer for India in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Bajrang Punia, an Indian wrestler will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony. The Indian contingent will depart on July 17. As the Olympics will start from July 23 to August 8 without crowds due to COVID-19 concerns.