Tokyo Olympics: 4 Indian Sailors Start Training in Japan After Subject to 8-hour long Covid Tests

Tokyo Olympics: The six-member sailing team, comprising four sailors and two coaches, the first Indian team to touch down at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Tuesday for the Olympics, got the taste of things to come at the Olympic games when the whole team was asked to undergo a tedious bureaucratic proper involved a covid test and a ‘technology check.

Four sailors- Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan (laser class), KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (49er class) reached Tokyo from their training bases in Europe and got into training on Thursday.

Their boats had reached the Japanese capital a few days ago and the sailors had to set them up after collecting them from the authorities concerned.

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Tokyo Olympics Sailing: While the sailors went about their training session, Indian officials, led by Chef de Mission B.P. Baishya, and contingent doctor Dr. Arun Basil, are preparing to receive the first group of athletes reaching there from India.

The first batch of 90 Indian athletes and officials will leave India on July 17 and reach Japan the next day morning.

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Indian athletes are among those from 14 countries that have to undergo three days of extra rigorous quarantine as per new regulations imposed by local health authorities.

The Indian officials checked into the Games Village on Wednesday and reported to the Indian Olympic Association that all the facilities were “very good”.

IOA president Narinder Batra said he has been informed that the issue of the dining hall during the extra quarantine “also stands resolved”. He, however, did not give any details of how it has been resolved.

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Tokyo Olympics – Sailing Schedule in Tokyo Olympics: 

The laser standard class and laser radial event will be starting on 25th July, and the 49er class event will be starting on 27th July.

India’s Sailing schedule at Tokyo Olympics

Sunday, 25th July (08:30 – 14:30)

Laser Men (Vishnu Saravanan)

Laser Radial Women (Nethra Kumanan)

Tuesday, 27th July (08:30 – 14:30)

49er Men (K.C. Ganapathy & Varun Thakkar)

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