Union Minister of Youth and Sports Kiren Rijiju informed on June 3 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a review meeting on the preparation of athletes for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a review meeting on the preparation of athletes for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Prime Minister called on everyone to encourage the athletes,” Rijiju said.
“From vaccination to training facilities, every need of our sportspersons must be fulfilled on top priority,” PM Modi told the officials, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Responding to it, IOA( Indian Olympic Association) confirmed that its entire contingent had at least received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while some had also been fully vaccinated.
“The Indian Olympic Association, therefore, confirms to the IOC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee its commitment and undertakes to follow all necessary precautions and guidelines, ensuring that all participants through the ‘Indian Olympic Association for the Tokyo Olympics, including athletes, technical officials and delegates members will follow all precautions and be vaccinated before leaving for Japan, currently each of these has had the first vaccination and the second will occur according to vaccination protocols, “the IOA said in an official statement.
PM Modi said that he will connect with the Olympics contingent through a video conference in July to encourage them and wish them on behalf of all Indians “…Sports is at the heart of our national character… For every young sportsperson shining on the global stage, a thousand more will be inspired to take up sports,” PM Modi said.