Mehta said, ‘We will try to field less players. There (opening ceremony) at least players will be fielded. The team chief and deputy team chief will decide on the number of players tomorrow but we are of the opinion that at least players should participate to ensure their safety in this critical time. More than 120 players from India are participating in the Games while the Indian contingent comprises a total of 228 members including officials, coaches and other support staff.
Players should focus on the game instead of the opening ceremony – IOA
Verma did not reveal the names of the officials who would be attending the meeting after the mission chiefs. “Six officials (from each country) will be allowed to participate in the ceremony but no limit will apply to the players,” he said. However, we have advised the players who have competition the next day not to participate in the event and focus on their game. “The celebrations are expected to go on till midnight so it would be better for them to rest for their competitions to be held the next day,” he said.
Let us tell you that the shooters of 10 meter air pistol Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan are going to hit the ground on the very first day. While Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar will target on the second day, they will not participate in the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday. The Indian team has eight rifle, five pistol and two skeet shooters, besides six coaches and a physio. Team chief BP Baishya said a decision on the number of Indian players to take part would be taken on Thursday.
Apart from shooters, boxers, archers, men’s and women’s hockey teams are to compete on the next day of the opening ceremony. A source in the boxing contingent told PTI, “Those who do not compete on Saturday will take part in the event. India has named men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and six-time world champion women’s boxer MC Mary Kom as flag-bearers for the opening ceremony. Mary Kom is not to take part in the games the next day but Manpreet will lead the Indian team in the Pool A match against New Zealand the next day.
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Verma said with reference to the players and officials who recently arrived in the city of Japan, ‘Those who are in isolation will also not be allowed to participate.’ According to media reports on Wednesday, more than 30 British athletes will not take part in the opening ceremony due to the threat of Kovid-19. There are 376 athletes participating in Britain’s Olympic Games.
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