New Delhi, Jun 3 (Agency) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed India’s Olympics preparations for Tokyo Olympic which will commence from July 23. Directing that every qualified and probable athlete, support staff and officials travelling to the Tokyo Olympics must be vaccinated as soon as possible, he said that sports was at the heart of our national character and our youth are creating a strong and vibrant culture of sports.
“The wishes of 135 crore Indians will be with our youngsters who are participating in the Olympics and for every young sportsperson shining on the global stage, a thousand more will be inspired to take up sports”, he said, adding that he would be connecting with our Olympics contingent through a video conference in July, to encourage them and wish them on behalf of all Indians. During the course of the review, Mr Modi was apprised about the various steps taken towards ensuring uninterrupted training for athletes amidst the pandemic, participation in international competitions to win Olympic quota, vaccination of athletes, and customised support being provided to them.
The PM was briefed that a total of 100 athletes have qualified for Tokyo Olympics across 11 sports disciplines and about 25 more athletes are likely to qualify for Tokyo Olympics details of which will emerge by end of June 2021. While a total of 19 Indian athletes had participated at the last Paralympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, a total of 26 para athletes have qualified and 16 more athletes are likely to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.