First contingent of Indian athletes leave for Tokyo Olympics
New Delhi/IBNS: Indians across the country cheered the nation's first batch of Tokyo Olympic athletes, who were given a formal send-off by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday night.
A contingent of 88 members, including 54 athletes from eight disciplines besides support staff and IOA representatives, departed for the Japanese capital on Saturday night.
The eight disciplines include archery, badminton, table tennis, hockey, judo, gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting.
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That's how our sporting heroes are being welcomed at IGI Airport, New Delhi before departing ✈️for #Tokyo2020.
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Thakur was accompanied by Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandip Pradhan and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials, including President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, media reported.
India's only weightlifter in the 2021 Olympics, Mirabai Chanu, reached Tokyo on Friday from her training base in St Louis, USA.
Indian boxers have reached Tokyo from Italy and the shooters landed in Tokyo on Saturday from Croatia where they were engaged in a long long training-cum-competition stint, media reports informed.
India will be represented by a 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes, at the Tokyo Olympics.
External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar took to Twitter to cheer Tokyo bound team India.
Former Union Health Minister also wished the Indian athletes in a Twitter message. "Glory shall be undoubtedly be yours!" Harshvardhan wrote.
Our champions head to #Tokyo to paint the world blue!July 17, 2021