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Tokyo Olympic 2020: SAI & IOA conducts sensitisation programmes for India’s contingent

NEW DELHI: The Sports Authority of India and the Indian Olympic Association have launched a number of awareness programmes for the Indian contingent that will compete in the Tokyo Olympic 2020.

The interactive programme aims to educate athletes and support workers about COVID-19 protocols, Japanese culture, and anti-doping legislation.

All athletes and coaches will go through three modules over the next few days: Life in Tokyo, Playing Clean, and From India with Pride.

Life in Tokyo discusses how to prepare for travel a fortnight before departure, as well as the formalities that must be performed prior to travel, such as vaccinations, COVID-19 positive/negative results, and anti-bodies test reports, as well as what to expect once you arrive.

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Today, athletes and support staff from Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Boxing, and Wrestling attended the Life in Tokyo opening session.

Badminton player PV Sindhu,  fencer Bhavani Devi, table tennis player Sharath Kamal, and equestrian athlete Fouaad Mirza were among the athletes who attended the first Playing Clean module, an anti-doping workshop held by authorities from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), on Thursday.

Sandip Pradhan, Director General of the Sports Authority of India, congratulated the athletes’ coaches, and support staff for being committed to their training for the Olympic Games during the formal kickoff on Friday. 
He described the members of the contingent as the country’s brand ambassadors and national pride.

 

The Olympic Games is being held under different circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is the duty and responsibility of each member of the contingent to feel comfortable and safe in the environment,” Pradhan said.

Prem Verma, Deputy Chef-de Mission, briefed the athletes and support staff that the Tokyo Organising Committee for Olympic Games had satisfactorily resolved number of issues raised by the Indian Olympic Association.
He stated that Indian participants would not be restricted in their training, but that they would not be allowed to meet athletes from other countries for the first three days.

 

He further stated that Indian athletes practising for the Games outside of India and arriving in Tokyo straight would not be subject to the same restrictions as those who had been in India for 14 days before departure.

TOCOG has expanded the list of accredited laboratories for Covid-19-related tests to a number of cities across the country, said Verma.

The Olympic Games in Tokyo starting on July 23.

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