IOA chief quashes reports that India may be barred from Olympics

New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association Chief Narinder Batra has quashed reports that India along with several other countries may get barred from entering Japan for the Tokyo Olympics because of the rise in Covid-19 cases in these countries.

Reacting to the reports Batra told the media that the claims have been refuted and there is no truth in the reports.

“The reports are totally untrue and the organizing committee has already denied these reports.”

It was also reported that the Japanese government has put India along with 9 other countries on a no-fly list.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee chief executive officer, Toshiro Muto, also denied reports.

“There is concern about the new variant from India, for that reason, before they come to Japan, they need to be fully vaccinated,” Muto said.

In a first, India might have two flag-bearers, one male and one female, at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to ensure “gender parity”.

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