Tokyo Olympics: Kiren Rijiju says India ready to shine at the Games

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday requested the country to support its Olympics-bound athletes.

By Aaryanshi Mohan | May 30, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Tokyo Olympics : Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday requested the country to support its Olympics-bound athletes. The athletes look ready to shine at the upcoming Games in Tokyo. The players have been facing a lot of issues with regard to the uncertainty that came with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pushed by a year due to a widespread global health crisis, the Tokyo Olympics schedule is July 23 to August 8.

“I invite every Indian to cheer for our athletes as they train to win laurels for India despite difficult times. Yes, India is ready to go and shine at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics! Kiren Rijiju wrote on his Twitter handle.

“Join me in wishing our athletes all the very best for the Olympics”. Rijiju said towards the end of a video before featuring Indian athletes.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) asked for details from national federations about the vaccinated athletes and officials. A set of officials will also travel to Tokyo for the Games.

The national Olympic body also asked if the NSFs have made their athletes fully aware of the COVID protocols before departure for Tokyo and if they are taking “extra and special precautions” for their athletes and officials.

More than 90 Indian athletes across sports have so far qualified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics Update

The Tokyo Olympics will go on as planned despite Tokyo being under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. Japan has struggled to contain the spread of the virus. Tokyo is one of nine prefectures to be under a state of emergency. The chair of the IOC’s coordination commission, John Coates however said that the restrictive measures would not affect the Olympics. Over the past month, several athletes have asked for clarity over The Games’ future, some have even called for its cancellation in the current climate. However, the IOC seems determined to host The Games in 2021.