New Delhi/Tokyo, Jul 18 (Bureau) An 88 member Indian contingent, including 54 athletes, arrived at Narita International Airport, Tokyo on Sunday, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports said. On Saturday night, athletes and support staff in eight disciplines–Badminton, Archery, Hockey, Judo, Swimming, Weightlifting, Gymnastics and Table Tennis–flied to Tokyo.
With 127 athletes, Tokyo Olympics will be India’s highest ever playing contingent. The contingent was given a spirited send-off on Saturday evening by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and MoS Sports Nisith Pramanik. “The athletes must remain strong because when they represent the country in a competition, it’s a battle of nerves and ultimately it’s their mental strength which will be reflected in their performance,” Mr Thakur said. Tokyo Olympics will held from July 23 to August 8.