IOA President Narinder Batra on Saturday highlighted new concerns that Indian Olympic athletes may have when they arrive in Tokyo, including spending long hours in immigration without food and water. Batra was briefed by BP Baishya Indian Chef De mission on the inconvenience to athletes from other countries on his landing in Tokyo on Friday. He has raised the issue before the organizers of the game before the departure of the Indian contingent.
“The important issues raised at the Chef De Mission meeting on July 9 were highlighted by several checks in the same country, including the Czechs, who arrived at Narita Airport,” Batra said in a statement.
“They have to wait 4 HRS before the Immigration process starts and they have to wait three hours to get on the transport. There is no food and no water to provide.”
“Germany has stressed that Volunteer services are almost non-existent,” the document says.
The first batch of Indian Olympic Athletes will kick off in Tokyo on July 17th. More than 120 athletes will attend the Games.
“If you share it with all of you, get ready for what you can probably expect at the airport until you get to town. These games are held in exceptional situations and we should try to help Japan and smile when we have to go through everything,” Batra said.
Addressing concerns raised by Batra, organizers said “the issue has been raised today with the organizing committee. They will work with the government to prevent it from happening again.”
Baishya said Athletes should be willing to spend many hours at the airport after landing in Tokyo for testing, immigration and other permits.
“… We have raised the issues we face and may have in Tokyo and the organizers will look into the commitment. But one thing is clear that our Athletes will have to be at Tokyo Airport to arrive 5 to 6 hours later,” Baishya told PTI.
“The first thing to arrive after will be the Covid tests of the entire Indian contingent. Then we will have to complete the Immigration and other necessary process. After that the results of the Covid test will come and only then will the Indian contingent be allowed to board the bus.”
He said the Marines will be among the first to set sail for Tokyo.
“Without the results of the Covid test, we cannot leave Tokyo airport. Then all the contingents will go to Quarantine in the City in three days.
“The first contingent will leave on July 17. and the sailing team will be there. Mirabai Chanu weightlifting will arrive in Tokyo on July 15 or 16. From the US. She will have no problems since she comes from the US.”
In view of the raging COVID-19 cases, the Tokyo Olympics will be held in a state of emergency in Japan without spectators from July 23 to August 8.
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