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Modi holds review meeting on Tokyo Olympics preparations

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi chairing a meeting through videoconferene to review preparations for the Olympics, in New Delhi on June 3, 2021. Photo: PIB

New Delhi, June 3 (MNN) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the preparations done by the country’s sportsperson and officials in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

A presentation was made by officials on various aspects of operational readiness for the Olympics that will kick off on July 23.

During the course of the review, Hon’ble PM 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.

Officials reported about the vaccination status of and support staff.Prime Minister directed that every qualified/probable athlete, support staff and officials travelling to the Tokyo Olympics must be vaccinated as soon as possible.

The PM said that he would be connecting with our Olympics contingent through videoconference in July, to encourage them and wish them on behalf of all Indians.

Officials said that special attention will also be given towards motivating athletes and boosting their morale of athletes while they participate in the Olympics.

Therefore, regular videoconferences will be organised with their parents and family members back in India, through the course of the competition.

In all, 100 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics across 11 sports disciplines and around 25 more are likely to qualify, details of which will emerge by the end of June 2021.

While 19 Indian para athletes had participated in the last Paralympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, 26 para athletes have qualified and 16 more athletes are likely to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

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