Here's How India is Preparing for Olympics in 2021: Story so Far and More!

It was a disappointment for the Olympics fans and Indian sports players, when they were fully prepared for their upcoming best game but they had to recede because of COVID-19 bringing in a looming uncertainty. The news article covers India’s Olympic training status as of now.

Year 2020 was a nightmare for not only sports sector but whole of the world. We cannot overlook the fact that we are still in the middle of the times when pandemic is making a come back in some of the countries. Still, as after ever dark night, there comes a bright morning, we have hope ignited in our hearts. Nation is recuperating slowly from an extensive lockdown. Sports practice has resumed too.

Sports fraternity has been keenly looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics. We all might be wondering how our sports players are training in these adverse circumstances. Our players were eagerly waiting for the Tokyo Olympics to begin in July, 2020. Unfortunately, whole of the nation got affected by the pandemic. In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation and to protect the athletes from exposure to the virus, the Sports Authority of India had decided to arrange transport for athletes from NCOE / SAI training centers.

In March this year, due to a sudden situation when the athletes had to be sent back home due to coronavirus. It has been decided that athletes who have to travel more than 500 km distance will be provided air tickets, while others who could be deployed within less than 500 km were sent by train.

Indian Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju has said that national training camps will continue as the country wants to provide Olympic athletes an opportunity to train before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Which is also very important, so that the representative participating in this game is not jolted.

Rijiju said that athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are the current priority, but other training camps will be able to resume soon. After being confirmed to have tested positive by a team doctor last week, the boxers had to undergo another quarantine period at their training center. He reported, "Boxers are already in Patiala, but are undergoing extended quarantine.Once quarantine is over, they will resume training according to the standard operating procedure." At the same time, he said that all elite athletes are our national asset and role models for the nation. Talking of other sports, he said, "Shooting facility has been opened and all Olympic-bound shooters are free to resume their training. Other camps will definitely begin, but training of athletes bound for Tokyo is our priority at the moment."

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Now the date of 2020 Olympics has been pushed further to July 2021, which is to be held in Tokyo. This will be the second time Tokyo has been selected as the host nation for the Summer Olympics. Tokyo is the only nation that has twice been the host country for the Summer Olympics. The 2021 Games will be the second event of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia. The first was held in 2018, the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang County, South Korea, and the next 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

The 2021 Olympics will introduce a number of new and additional competitions including sports such as 3X3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling. Sports competitions will begin which will be started by the host organizing committee. These debut sports will include skateboarding, surfing, karate and sports climbing. Basketball and softball will return to the Olympics after 2008.

The good news for these sports lovers is that sports activities have been resumed at SAI (Sports Authority of India) training centers across the country from November 1, 2020 to prepare for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. All the safety precautions are being taken care of and some of the athletes who were found earlier to affected with COVID-19, have recovered after being quarantined as well. If the situation stayed under control, the players will once again resume their form and passion in training and will spice up their game once again with their performance at the coming Olympics games in 2021.

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