TOKYO: A total of 20 Indian athletes from seven sports and six officials will participate in the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as COVID19 concerns and competitions lined up the next day led to a majority of the contingent deciding to stay away from the event.
Athletes from sports like shooting, badminton, archery and hockey, will skip the ceremony as the Indian delegation is not willing to expose them to the risk of contracting the virus with their events lined up on Saturday.
From hockey, only flagbearer, men's team captain Manpreet Singh, will participate in the ceremony.
The list of 20 attendees include four paddlers, including Manika Batra and A Sharath Kamal, and as many sailing team members.
Lone fencer C A Bhavani Devi, gymnast Pranati Naik and swimmer Sajan Prakash besides as many as eight boxers will also be there.
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