The Indian sailing team arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday to be the first to open the Olympics on July 23, and photos of the Indian sailing team and their coaches, including Varun Thakkar, Ganapathy Chengappa, Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan, arrived. Haneda Airport was put up by the Indian Sports Authority. Nethra Kumanan will compete in the radial laser test, Vishnu Saravanan in the standard laser class and Varun Thakkar and Ganapathy Chengappa in the 49er class. The sailing competition will begin on July 25, for the first time in history, with the registration of four sailors representing India at the Games.
This is also the first time the country has presented sailors in three events.
Prior to leaving for Tokyo on Monday, sailors were training in several European countries with funding from the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
While Nethra was training in Spain, Thakkar and Ganapathy were preparing for the Portuguese Games. Saravanan was in Malta preparing for the Olympics.
Since arriving in Tokyo from Europe, they will not be subject to the stricter restrictions imposed on other athletes arriving from India in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country.
India competed in a single event in previous editions with four sailors representing the country on four occasions.
Nethra was the first to make the cut, becoming the first Indian female sailor to qualify for the Games in the Laser radial class.
He achieved a rare feat in the Mussanah Open Championship, which is the Asian Olympic Qualifying Test.
They then qualified in Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy and Thakkar in the Asian rankings in Oman. Sararavan finished second in the overall standings to secure a seat in the Games.
At the 49er level, Chengappa and Thakkar qualified for the Olympic spot at the top of the points table.
Wearing daily coronavirus tests and masks are among the most stringent measures that all athletes and officials will follow when they sleep in the Athlete’s Country.
Olympic delegations began arriving in Japan in early July at pre-game camps, with more than 2,200 expected to enter the country this week.
The Olympic host city Tokyo entered a new state of emergency on Monday, two weeks before the Games opened.
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