Tokyo Olympics 2020: Team India arrives in Japan after warm send-off from Delhi
At 127, a record number of Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics
Over 50 Indian sportspersons have reached Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. They arrived in Tokyo on Sunday morning after being given a warm send-off from Delhi on Saturday night.
This batch had 54 athletes from eight sports - Archery , Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis, Archery, Judo, Gymnastics and Weightlifting. The largest contingent in this batch was of the hockey players.
The 88-member group also included support staff and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) representatives.
They were given a formal send-off at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport by Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
"India’s best are all set to conquer the world at #Tokyo2020 !
Wishing our brilliant athletes the very best! The pulse of 130 crore Indians is racing!
All eyes on you. Get Set Go! #Cheer4India," said Thakur, posting a video of the event on Twitter.
The Sports Authority of India later tweeted a video of the Indian contingent after it landed in Tokyo.
At 127, a record number of Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, overhauling the figure of 117 that qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Indian athletes for some disciplines like Rowing and Sailing had reached Japan earlier, and have already begun practice and training.