Thursday, July 29, 2021

Australia confirm team of 472 for Tokyo

Australia will take 472 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced on Monday, the country’s second largest team for an overseas Summer Games.

 

Some of the 254 women and 218 men who will compete in 33 sports are already in Japan making their final preparations for the Games, which were postponed for a year because of the global health crisis.

The new coronavirus has severely disrupted qualifying and Australia’s travelling contingent second in size only to the 482 who went to Athens in 2004 might have been larger but for opportunities denied by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While only 51 indigenous Australians have represented the country over 28 previous Summer Games, tennis world number one Ash Barty headlines a record 16 Aboriginal athletes in the team for Tokyo.

In a sign of the times, the Australians will ship 75,000 disposable face masks and 544 bottles of hand sanitizer to Japan for use of their delegation, which totals 990 people with the inclusion of officials and coaches.

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