Indian athletes and officials traveling to the Tokyo Olympics have been asked by the Japanese government to conduct COVID-19 tests every day before spending a week and not having contact with anyone in another country for three days. Smoking IOA. Stricter regulations have been put in place for all passengers – including athletes, coaches and support staff – living in 11 countries, including India, where different variants of COVID-19 have been identified within 14 days of arriving in Tokyo.
“Unfair and discriminatory” rules The Indian Olympic Association has caused sharp criticism. The state of COVID-19 in India has improved significantly after a second wave disaster, with daily cases falling from more than 3 lakhs in just a few weeks to just over 60,000.
India has been in Group 1 along with Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
“Before you travel: You have to try it every day for seven days before you leave for Japan,” the Adviser told Group 1 countries.
“Physical distance: Seven days before you leave for Japan, with everyone else, whether from another group, delegation, or country, you need to keep your physical interaction to an absolute minimum,” he added.
Upon arrival, athletes and officials will also not be able to contact anyone else for another three days at the delegation.
“In games. You will be tested every day as all athletes and officers do.
“During the three days you arrive in Japan, you will not be able to have physical contact with anyone from another group, delegation or country.”
Five days before the start of the competition, athletes were asked to enter the Games Village.
IOA President Narinder Batra and General Secretary Rajeev Mehta, in a joint statement, questioned the new regulations.
“Athletes are allowed to arrive at Games Village within 5 days. Now 3 days will be wasted, which means athletes will be able to get to Peak.
Very unfair to Indian athletes, ”the joint statement read.
“Where and when will the athletes take breakfast, lunch, etc. during these 3 days, as everyone has food at the Games food hall in the village, where all the athletes and other NOC officers are present at all times.
“If food packages are delivered outside of athletes ‘rooms, everyone will plan their body requirements, such as protein, food preferences, etc. Will it not affect athletes’ performance because they will not get the diet they prefer before the Olympics in 5 days?”
Several athletes like Mirabai Chanu weightlifter, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat and Javelina Neeraj Chopra are training abroad and will go from place to place.
However, a large part of the Indian contingent will go to the games from India and the regulations will affect their training.
The IOA questioned the need for regulation, saying that Indian athletes will be fully vaccinated and will undergo daily tests a week before they leave.
“Where and when athletes will practice because the practice / training areas are never empty and athletes and officials from other NOCs are present at all times.
“While we respect the security of keeping each country safe in its own country, athletes who go to India will be double-vaccinated, RTPCR tests must be done daily for the last 7 days before leaving …
“… So why suffer athletes at a time when they have to make the Peak, once again it is very unfair for Indian athletes who have worked hard for 5 years to be discriminated against 5 days before the Olympics,” the IOA document read.
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