Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Indian athletes’ contingent bound for Tokyo Olympics today at 5 PM via video conferencing.
The interaction by the Prime Minister is an endeavour to motivate the athletes ahead of their participation at the games.
He had recently reviewed the preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at Tokyo-2020.
Earlier, Youth Affairs & Sports minister Anurag Thakur on Monday chaired a High-Level Committee meeting to review the preparation & participation of the Indian team for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur chaired the 7th meeting of the High-Level Committee in New Delhi to review the preparation/participation of the Indian team for Tokyo Olympics 2020 Various aspects including world class training and facilities for the selected players for Tokyo Olympics were discussed in this meeting.
Anurag Thakur also discussed with the officers about the progress of #Cheer4India campaign and the preparations for the interaction of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Tokyo Olympic bound athletes on 13th July at 5.00pm to motivate them ahead of their participation in the forthcoming Games.
The interaction will be telecast live on Doordarshan and on various government social media platforms.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of India’s Olympic preparations on Friday and also announced an interaction with the country’s Tokyo-bound sportspersons on July 13, three days before the first batch departs for the Japanese capital.
The interaction with the athletes will be held virtually owing to the COVID-19 situation.
“Reviewed preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at @Tokyo2020. Discussed the logistical details, their vaccination status, the multi-disciplinary support being given,” PM Modi tweeted.
“On behalf of 130 crore Indians, I would be interacting with the Olympics bound athletes on 13th July to wish them luck. Let us all #Cheer4India,” he said.
The earlier announcement of his July 13 engagement with athletes was made on government’s citizen engagement platform, MyGovIndia’s twitter page.
The first batch of India’s Olympic-bound athletes will depart for Tokyo in a charter Air India flight on July 17.
A total of 126 athletes across 18 sports disciplines from India will be heading to Tokyo.
This is the biggest-ever contingent India is sending to any Olympics.
The 69 cumulative events across the 18 sport disciplines that India will participate in is also the highest ever for the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has earlier in a meeting in June first week, directed the Indian Olympic Association to ensure that all the sports persons set to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics are vaccinated and provided uninterrupted training and personal support.
A meeting Modi chaired last month to review preparations of the Indian contingent, discussed ways to keep sportspersons motivated.
Officials said regular video conferences will be organised with parents and family members of sportspersons to boost their morale.
A presentation was made on aspects of operational readiness for the Olympics.
Modi was apprised about steps taken to ensure uninterrupted training for athletes, amid the pandemic, participation in international competitions to win Olympic quota, vaccination of athletes, and customised support.
The vaccination status of sportspersons and support staff was also shared with the PM.
He directed that every athlete, even those in the process of qualifying, and support staff and officials to be vaccinated at the earliest.
The raging COVID-19 cases in Tokyo City has forced the games organisers to hold the games under a state of emergency in Japan without spectators from July 23 to August 8.
The PM interacting with the Indian contingent before they set sail for Olympic glory is a great window for the player to gun for glory.
The PM leads from the front as over 130 crore Indians want the Summer games contingent to put their best foot forward in Tokyo.