Tokyo Olympics 2020: The Olympic Games have started in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. On Friday evening, 25 members from India will participate in the opening ceremony. India’s star table tennis players Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will not be a part of the opening ceremony. Tennis player Ankita Raina’s name has been included as the 25th member at the last moment.
Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra have been kept out of the opening ceremony because of their match. On July 24, Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will enter the mixed doubles event for India. The names of both the players were in the list of players who participated in the opening ceremony but it was due to the mistake of the Indian officials who prepared the list .
Sharat-Manika will clash with world’s number one pair
Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will face Asian Games bronze medalist pair of Lin Yun Ju and Cheng I Ching of Chinese Taipei. The Chinese Taipei pair is seeded third and is the number one pair in the world .
In the opening ceremony, instead of 20, 19 players will participate. Tennis player Ankita Raina will be involved in this instead of table tennis players. Six officers will be with the Indian team. Boxer MC Mary Kom and Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh will be the flag bearers of the Indian contingent.
The Indian Olympic Federation had already made it clear that in view of the threat of corona virus, only less members from India will be part of the opening ceremony. Apart from India, other countries have also decided to make very few members a part of the opening ceremony in view of the safety of their players.
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