Tokyo, August 22
Only six officials from the Indian contingent are allowed to participate in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Tuesday, Chef de Mission Gursharan Singh said on Sunday.
India will have 11 members participating in the opening ceremony, the other five being athletes.
There is no limit on the number of athletes for the Opening Ceremony, but only seven Indian participants have reached Tokyo so far.
Of those seven players, two table tennis players – Sonal Patel and Bhavina Patel – are competing on Wednesday and will not take part in the ceremony, in which Japanese Emperor Naruhito will declare the Games open.
“Only six officials are allowed for the opening ceremony while there is no limit on the number of athletes,” Chef de Mission Singh, who is also General Secretary of the Paralympic Committee, told PTI. Indian.
“The two table tennis players have a competition the next day, which is Wednesday, so they do not participate in the opening ceremony.” The same rule of having a cap of six officials at the opening ceremony was followed at the Tokyo Olympics which ended on August 8.
The five athletes expected for the opening ceremony are flag bearer Mariyappan Thangavelu, discus thrower Vinod Kumar, javelin thrower Tek Chand and powerlifters Jaideep and Sakina Khatun.
Of the six officials attending the opening ceremony, four were selected, including Chef de Mission, Deputy Chef de Mission Arhan Bagati, COVID-19 Liaison Officer VK Dabas, and Para-athletics coach and president. by Mariyappan Satyanarayana.
A third batch of Indian athletes leave on Monday, but they will have to serve a period of quarantine before being allowed to train.
India is represented by 54 athletes – the largest ever – and the country is expecting its best medal harvest this time around.
Given the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, fans have been banned from the Paralympics, just like previous Olympics. PTI