Tokyo Olympics: Tokyo Games will be a rocky ride for India’s Olympics-bound contingent. Not only they will be under immense scrutiny for their performance but also for their movements in Tokyo. The likes of Neeraj Chopra, Vinesh Phogat and others will need to follow the organizing committee’s strict guidelines or else they face eviction from the Games village.
The fact that India is still under Japan’s red list due to the emergence of a highly infectious delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 puts athletes under constant watch. Tokyo Olympics organisers have published guidelines for athletes, especially for India.
“For three days after your (athletes and officials) arrival in Japan, you will not be able to physically interact with anyone from another team, delegation or country. For example, across all sports, you will not be able to interact or train with athletes from another country during that period,” the advisory said.
From mandatory quarantine to daily RT-PCR test and a strict no-no to socializing, InsideSport lists the restrictions that the Indian Olympics contingent including Neeraj Chopra and Manu Bhaker must follow in Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics: 5 conditions Indian athletes have been asked to follow at Tokyo Games village
- Testing every day: The Indian athletes must get tested every day 7 days prior to departure. Moreover, they will need to undergo daily testing in Tokyo and self-isolate for the first three days. That means, the hockey team, they will need to get tested for over 21 days consecutively.
- Alternate accommodation: As per guidelines, the athletes can only check-in to the Tokyo Olympics Games Village five days before the inauguration on July 23. That means, even if Team India arrives early, they will need to have alternate accommodation for the initial period.
- No socializing: Once they reach Tokyo, they must isolate themselves for the first three days. That means, they will not be able to interact with anyone or use the dining hall during the Games.
- Nutrition planning: As Indian athletes including Neeraj Chopra, Manu Bhaker and others will not be permitted to leave their rooms for the first 3 days, food packets will be delivered to their rooms. But the question is who will take care of their nutritional needs and diet plans. In the case of the food hall, the team’s dietician takes care of that. But in this case, the dietician will be self-isolating as well.
- Lack of practice: The initial period after arriving in a country is crucial to get adjusted to the conditions. If Indian athletes spend three days in isolation, they will only have 2-3 days’ time to get adjusted and be in prime condition to compete.
- Longer stay in bio-bubble: While the Indian team may be habituated with bio-bubble life, not all athletes are. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has asked athletes to travel to Tokyo directly if they are training abroad. For example, the shooting contingent is out of their home for nearly a month and when they finish games commitment, they will have spent nearly three months out of their home.