IOA President Narinder Batra meets Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to discuss Olympics preparation for Tokyo Olympics

As we known that one of the biggest sporting events is all set to take place in Tokyo in 2021 and every country will be working hard to win as many medals as possible. In order to discuss the preparation for Tokyo Olympics 2021 IOA president Narinder Batra met Union Minister of Youth and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Sunday to discuss several things.

As per the media reports, Batra discussed the preparations for Tokyo Olympics 2021 and training of all the players amid COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion was also about improving the standard of Olympic as well as non-Olympic sports in India for 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Also, Batra requested from Sports Minister to give a special grant for National Sports Federations(NSF) and State Olympic Association(SOA) to overcome the challenges that the players, officials are facing during COVID-19 pandemic.

The upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021 will be held from July 23rd to August 8th while the Paralympic Games will be held between August 24 to September 5th 2021. Despite the Olympics has been rescheduled in 2021 but the name still remains “Tokyo 2020” for marketing and branding purposes. Also, it is the first time Olympic games have been postponed to next date rather than getting cancelled. Tokyo was selected as the host city in the 125th IOC session held in Argentina.

Also, Tokyo has become the second city to conduct Summer Olympics twice first being held in 1964. The upcoming Olympic games will introduce new competition like 3*3 basketball, freestyle BMX and madison cycling as well as other mixed events. It is expected that 206 nations will participate in 339 events in 33 different sports disciplines where 11,091 athletes will be taking part in the upcoming mega event. Most Indian athletes are currently training at Sports Authority of India and It will be interesting to see that whether India can increase the tally of medals in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021 as compared to the last Olympics held in 2016.