Tokyo Olympics: the Ministry wants athletes to arrive early, the NSF say no
NEW DELHI: Would it help Indian athletes if they landed in Tokyo two months in advance to acclimatize by 2020 Olympic Games ?
The sports ministry believes it is a smart idea, but the National Sports Federations (NSF) are not preparing for that.
A recent ministry move to send Indian athletes, who will be part of the country's contingent after the qualification period, to Tokyo at least two months in advance failed to cut the ice with the NSF, whose bosses rejected the idea, TOI has learned. The Tokyo Games will be held from July 24 to August 9.
The ministry considered that it would send the athletes to Tokyo in advance so that: the players get used to the sultry and humid conditions at that time of the year, have a closer idea of the competition places, practice in a friendly environment and, more importantly, train away from the glow of the media without any constant scrutiny about your performance.
The NSF response seemed more logical. It would be difficult to keep track of the performances of the athletes, there was always the fear that the athletes would reach their peak too early, home illnesses were a real concern and the common supplement and dietary problems were always there, they argued. In addition, there was concern about developing a taste for local cuisine like ' India House 'The proposed hospitality center will only appear once the Games begin.