Live Blog: All eyes on Japan as Indian athletes arrive for the Olympics

Making waves abroad

18th, July 2021, 8:47 pm

Vishnu Saravanan has got his game on!

Kerala Police on board

18th, July 2021, 8:47 pm

No kidding. How many of us knew that Sajan Prakash, who wrote history by becoming the first Indian swimmer to make it to the 'A' cut in Olympics, is also Kerala Police inspector?

The kits are lit

18th, July 2021, 3:54 pm

Race walker Goswami gushes about Olympics kits:

Goswami's kit fascination began a long while ago. During her childhood.

Our shuttlers have arrived

18th, July 2021, 3:48 pm

Destination Tokyo!

18th, July 2021, 3:38 pm

Wishes pour in from Durham

18th, July 2021, 3:36 pm

Team India captain Virat Kohli cheers for India. The Indian cricket team has kicked off preparations for England Tests in Durham.

"135 crore Indians are with you"

18th, July 2021, 3:25 pm

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur addresses Indian contingent at the send-off ceremony:

Memories from yesterday

18th, July 2021, 3:21 pm

Glimpses from the heartwarming send-off organised for the first batch of India's Tokyo-bound athletes:

Tokyo calling...

17th, July 2021, 11:11 pm

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur wished our Tokyo bound Indian contingent goodluck at the IGI Airport as the first batch of athletes left for the Games from Delhi. IOA Narinder Batra was also present during the send-off ceremony.

Paddlers' special moment

17th, July 2021, 9:46 pm

It is her second Olympics, still Manika Batra can't stop the feeling. โ€˜Goosebumpsโ€™, she tweeted from the IGI Airport.

The 26-year-old will team up with veteran paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, who will be featuring in his fourth Olympics, in the mixed doubles where India are strong medal contenders.

In the other events, Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan will take the table in the men's singles while Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee will compete in women's singles.

Hockey teams arrive at IGI Airport

17th, July 2021, 7:53 pm

The Indian gymnastics and Judo teams too will be on board as the national carrier carrying an 88-member contingent takes off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in a few hours from now.

Prepping for their best shot

17th, July 2021, 5:28 pm

Three men and a woman are part of the archery team representing India at the Tokyo Olympics. Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav. Among them, World No. 1 Deepika Kumari is India's biggest medal hope. 

Earlier in the day, Arjun Munda, chief of Archery Association of India (AAI), said that Indian archers will script history at the Tokyo Olympics.

Archer Atanu Das tweeted that the team is on its way. #Cheer4India

Hockey teams begin their journey from SAI Bengaluru

17th, July 2021, 1:57 pm

The Indian hockey teams are brimming with positivity as they begin their journey from the SAI Centre in Bengaluru. They will reach Tokyo via Delhi. Most players spent the last 1.5 years in the bio-bubble at the National Camp here. The Manpreet Singh-led men's team and the Rani Rampal-led women's team hope to end India's 41-year medal drought at the Games. And their prospects look brighter this time around following consistent performances against international teams in the build-up to the Tokyo Games. Will this journey end on the podium? wishes them all the very best!

Mirabai Chanu at the Games Village

17th, July 2021, 12:34 pm

All eyes will be on the Indian Indian weightlifter who hopes to wipe out the Rio nightmare in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old, who had her final preparations in USA, is expected to win at least a silver medal for India on the opening day of the competition. The 2017 World Champion will be competing in the 49kg category. Will she do better than China's Hou Zhihui and USAโ€™s Delacruz Jourdan Elizabeth? Our prayers are with Mirabai.

Shooters arrive in Tokyo

17th, July 2021, 12:21 pm

The Indian shooting team arrived in Tokyo today. Sanjeev Rajput, who'll be making his third appearance at the Olympics, shared this short video titled Touchdown Tokyo.

The Indian shooting contingent reached Amsterdam from their Zagreb base in Croatia en-route to Tokyo. 

In pic: Shooters wait for their Covid test results after arrival


Indian shooting squad for Tokyo 2020: Deepak Kumar, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Sanjeev Rajput, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan, Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant, Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, and Rahi Sarnobat

Pugilists en-route to Tokyo

17th, July 2021, 12:14 pm

The Indian boxing team that trained in Italy as part of its Olympics preparations is set to fly out today (July 17). 

The Sports Authority of India shared a snapshot from their last day's training in Italy.

Good news for Indian tennis fans!

16th, July 2021, 6:42 pm

Tennis player Sumit Nagal made the cut for the men's singles event of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of large-scale withdrawals that pushed him inside the qualification mark. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has confirmed Nagal's entry for singles.

Only pairs from the same nation who are already on-site for the singles and doubles events at the Olympics can sign up for the mixed doubles event. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has thus sniffed a chance to pair him with Rohan Bopanna for the men's doubles competition by withdrawing Divij Sharan's nomination.

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CM Stalin to interact with Tokyo-bound athletes from Tamil Nadu

16th, July 2021, 6:21 pm

Last year, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran became the first Indian table tennis player to feature in the Japanese T-League. The Chennai paddler considers the experience as an integral part of his pre-Olympic preparations.

Woman Friday @Tokyo 2020

16th, July 2021, 3:57 pm

You can spot her easily as she strolls by with her two red trolleys and SIFY bag wherein lie her two greatest treasures -- a DSLR and a laptop. If you happen to see her, wish her a happy journey!

Our woman on the ground

16th, July 2021, 3:47 pm

It's not just the players!'s Bhagya will also be leaving for Tokyo on July 22, to provide us exclusive behind-the-scenes and on-ground updates from the Games.  

When is the second batch leaving?

16th, July 2021, 3:22 pm

According to the Indian Olympics Association (IOA), the second batch will include athletes and golfers. They are expected to leave on July 22.

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Who else is training overseas?

16th, July 2021, 3:14 pm

Besides the Indian shooting contingent (which is set to depart tomorrow from Croatia), wrestlers including Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, tennis champion Sania Mirza and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra are all training overseas and will reach Tokyo directly.

The nine-member boxing team is busy training at the Olympic Centre in Assisi, Italy and is likely to leave for Tokyo on July 18.

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Tokyo protocol

16th, July 2021, 3:10 pm

As per the Olympics protocol, athletes can enter Japan's capital just five days before their event. They must clear their RTPCR Covid test for seven days before departure. On de-boarding at the Tokyo airport, the quarantine officers will check the pre-departure Covid test reports.

There's a mandatory three-day quarantine for Indian athletes once they reach Tokyo. Participants will have to depart within 48 hours after their event ends. 

In a reprieve, Indian athletes who are preparing for the Olympics overseas and will be reaching Tokyo directly will not face the restrictions that are applicable to those who have been residing in India for 14 days prior to departure.

Shooters' contingent

16th, July 2021, 3:10 pm

After completing the last leg of the long competition-cum-training tour in Zagreb, Croatia, India's squad of 15 shooters is set to leave today and will land in Tokyo tomorrow (July 17). A physiotherapist and eight coaches are also part of the Indian contingent.

Indian shooter and Arjuna award recipient, Sanjeev Rajput, shared this tweet on his handle:

Who else is in the first batch?

16th, July 2021, 3:10 pm

There are two hockey teams, swimmers, archers, and shuttlers. Top brass from the Badminton Association of India (BAI) are scheduled to meet the coaches and players in Delhi before their departure tomorrow (July 17).

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Row, row, row your boat ...

16th, July 2021, 3:10 pm

Thanks to my colleague Priyanka for the updates! Let's see who else in on their way to Tokyo right now :-)

The rowing team was initially set to leave on July 14 so that they could gain some practice time. However, due to lack of flights, their trip was scheduled for the next available flight, i.e., today (July 16). They finished their last day of training at Pune yesterday. The team will have a few hours' layover in Delhi before their flight to Japan. The first batch is set to leave on July 17, on-board an Air India chartered flight which leaves the national capital at 11 pm and reaches Tokyo early on July 18.

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Time for a change

16th, July 2021, 2:58 pm

It's time for my colleague Jayaa to continue the updates as we track the arrival of the first Indian athletes in Japan. Stay tuned!

PM Modi sends his wishes

16th, July 2021, 2:53 pm

Earlier this week, the Indian contingent got a boost when Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the athletes virtually before they left for the Games. 

Mirabai Chanu on her way

16th, July 2021, 2:40 pm

Speaking of medal contenders, weightlifter Mirabhai Chanu is expected to bring India their first medal in Weightlifting since Karnam Malleswari in 2000. She is already on her way to Tokyo, after her final practice session in St Louis, USA. 

India's medal hopes

16th, July 2021, 2:39 pm

Deepika Kumari, PV Sindhu, Saurabh Chaudhury, Neeraj Chopra or Mary Kom? You can find out more about India's medal contenders on's dedicated Olympics page

228-strong contingent, largest ever

16th, July 2021, 1:55 pm

The country has high hopes after sending our largest-ever contingent of 228 athletes for the Olympics this time. 90 of these athletes will leave for Tokyo on Saturday -- with one week to go until the start of the Games!

Indian sailors first to arrive

16th, July 2021, 1:42 pm

In fact, some athletes from the Indian contingent have already reached Japan. The sailing team flew into Haneda airport on Tuesday (July 13).

 However, as they were coming from their training bases in Europe, they were not subject to the strict Covid-19 guidelines in place for those athletes arriving from India. 

Vishnu Saravanan begins training in Tokyo:

The reality, however, was different. Reportedly, it took more than eight hours for them to complete the lengthy process at the Haneda airport. While the immigration procedure, Covid test and technology check (to ensure the health monitoring and contact tracing apps were installed on their phones) took about four hours, the unexpected delay was due to the fact that a few of them did not have their Accreditation Cards. Since they can't leave the airport without the Accreditation Card, it took another couple of hours before they finally completed the formalities.

Under the shadow of the pandemic

16th, July 2021, 1:42 pm

With The Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the arrival of the Indian contingent will have a different feel this time. As per the Japanese government's regulations, those arriving from India will be under strict quarantine for three days before they are allowed to meet or interact with others. 


16th, July 2021, 1:11 pm

Hello and welcome to's live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics. The first athletes from India will be leaving tomorrow (17 July), so join us as we send off our players with good luck and wishes.