The BCCI apex council’s virtual meeting saw the association made a massive contribution towards the preparation of Indian athletes ahead of the Olympics this year. The Olympics was supposed to take place in Japan last year; however, it suffered postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it would most likely occur this year in its original venue of Japan. And BCCI has chipped in with INR 10 crores for the same.
The BCCI has decided to shell out INR 2.5 crores towards the preparation of Indian athletes and an additional 7.5 for marketing and promotion of the event. On Friday, The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) gave a green signal to javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and wrestler Vinesh Phogat’s proposal to train in their respective locations in Europe till the 25th of July before leaving for Tokyo. The event commences on the 23rd of July and will go on till the 8th of August.
“The Apex Council met today and decided that while Rs. 2.5 crores will be given for the athletes’ preparations, another Rs. 7.5 crore will be used for marketing and promotional activities,” a source said as quoted by ANI.
Furthermore, the Indian Olympic Association (IOC) has questioned the new regulations imposed by the Japanese government, recommending the athletes not to physically interact with anyone from another team, delegation or country for three days on arrival. Its President Narinder Batra and Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta wrote a letter to the Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOCOG), strongly opposing the rules.