India’s Olympic physique has slammed as “unfair” strict guidelines imposed by the Japanese authorities on athletes from a number of Covid-hit nations for the Tokyo Video games beginning subsequent month.
Tokyo 2020 organisers mentioned Monday that extra measures will probably be used to scale back an infection dangers from a number of international locations, together with India, which have seen “important affect from variants” of Covid-19.
The protocols will contain every day testing of athletes for every week earlier than they depart for Japan and for them to “chorus from coming into contact with different groups for 3 days after they arrive” in Japan.
However the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) mentioned the foundations would trigger athletes to lose three essential coaching days.
“Athletes are allowed to reach within the Video games village solely 5 days earlier than their occasion,” IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary Rajeev Mehta mentioned in a joint assertion launched on Saturday.
“Now three days will probably be wasted, that is the time the athletes must be transferring in direction of their mode to peak… extremely unfair for Indian athletes, who’ve labored exhausting for 5 years, to be discriminated towards simply 5 days earlier than the Olympics.”
The sports activities directors mentioned 11 international locations, together with India, Pakistan and the UK, can be affected.
“The place and when will the athletes have their breakfast, lunch, dinner throughout these three days, as everybody has meals within the Video games village meals corridor the place all athletes and officers of different NOCs (Nationwide Olympic Committees) are current on a regular basis,” the assertion added.
The place can athletes practice? it requested, as a result of “observe/coaching areas are by no means empty and athletes and officers of different NOCs are current on a regular basis.”
The Tokyo 2020 organisers mentioned in an announcement to AFP that that they had obtained a doc from India’s Olympic physique.
“For members from areas corresponding to India which have seen important affect from variants, it’s vital that they observe extra stringent guidelines than these outlined within the (athletes) Playbook, and are just like the present border management measures,” they added.
However the organisers didn’t make clear whether or not athletes from the affected international locations can be allowed to coach within the three days after their arrival.
Mr Batra instructed AFP final week that Indian athletes will probably be absolutely vaccinated earlier than the Video games beginning July 23.
India has eased some lockdown restrictions in current weeks because it emerges from a brutal surge in infections and deaths in April and Could.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee mentioned in late Could that six international locations — Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — had pledged to totally vaccinated their delegations and conduct extra testing.
Some athletes, together with javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and wrestler Vinesh Phogat, are coaching overseas and can journey to Tokyo from their respective areas.
However a lot of the Olympic staff will depart from India.
India gained two medals on the 2016 Rio Olympics.