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Heavy setback to Olympic hopes; Japan imposes travel ban on Indians

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TOKYO: Japan has imposed a travel ban on Indian nationals in a major blow to India’s Olympic hopes. The ban came into effect from today. If the ban continues, players will have to look for other ways to get involved. Meanwhile, Kovid confirmed for eight athletes, including Malayalee KT Irfan.

Amid protests within the country against the Kovid-era Olympics, Japan is imposing travel bans on countries including India. Pakistan and Nepal are on the travel ban list. There is a situation where it is not possible to say when the ban will be lifted, even if it is a temporary ban. If the ban is extended, Indian players will not be able to compete in Japan.

The way forward for the Indian Olympic Association to solve the problem is to bring all the athletes to Japan at least a month in advance in one of the countries not included in the Red Zone. From there, a pre-arranged 14-day quarantine in Japan will suffice. But we need to bring together more than 100 players who are training in different places under different federations. Some players are also in training matches abroad.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra has said that despite the crisis, this is the only way out. Earlier, badminton players Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics because they missed many qualifying matches. Kovid, meanwhile, confirmed the eight athletes who are training at the Bangalore Sai Center, including Indian hopeful KT Irfan. He tested positive last week. No one has symptoms.

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Last Updated May 14, 2021, 7:43 AM IST

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