The Olympic flame arrived in Tokyo on Friday but the public was kept away from the welcome ceremony of the Olympic flame. The decision was made in view of the current situation of coronavirus in the country. Japan has also announced that spectators will be banned in the majority of sporting events.
On a rainy Friday morning, the flame was handed to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in a lantern. The mega event is all set and will be different from the past Olympics events as the majority of the events will be taking place behind closed doors with no spectators.
The torch relay began in March
The torch relay began in March and was meant to build excitement for the Olympics, but it has been pulled from public roads in many places, including Tokyo, to prevent crowds from spreading the virus.
The stands were empty at the Komazawa Olympic Park stadium in Tokyo. The venue was used in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the event marked Japan’s great return to the world stage after World War II.
India going with a strong contingent in Tokyo Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics will be seeing one of the strongest contingents from India. Till now, more than 115 athletes have booked tickets for Tokyo and will be competing for a medal at the mega event. Indian Olympic Association recently announced that the first batch of Indian athletes will depart for Tokyo on July 17.
The main events in which India will be aiming for a potential medal are Badminton, Wrestling, Shooting, Javelin, Hockey, and Boxing. In Rio 2016, India was able to grab two medals. A Silver medal was bagged by P. V. Sindhu in badminton and a bronze by Sakshi Malik in Wrestling.
In Tokyo, India will look to improve these stats and is set to create a new benchmark for Indian sports in the future.