Pakistani Contingent Arrives In Japan To Participate In Tokyo Olympics

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

18th Jul, 2021. 12:05 pm
Pakistani Contingent Arrives In Japan To Participate In Tokyo Olympics

Pakistani contingent arrived in Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 10 Pakistani athletes will participate in 6 Olympic Games.

Arshad Nadeem and Najma Parveen in Athletics, Mahur Shehzad in Badminton and Shah Hussain Shah in Judo will represent Pakistan.

A three-member shooting team comprising Gulfam Joseph, Khalil Akhtar and Ghulam Mustafa Bashir will take part in two different events.

In addition, Bismillah Khan and Haseeb Tariq Swimming, Talha Talib will represent the country in weightlifting.

Arshad Nadeem, who is representing Pakistan in the javelin throw, will leave for Tokyo on July 21 and weightlifter Talha Talib on July 22. The Olympics will officially start on July 23.

Note that, to prevent the coronavirus from spreading at the Tokyo Olympics, athletes will wear their medals around their necks themselves.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach announced the “very significant change” to traditional medal presentations in the 339 events.

“The medals will not be given around the neck,” Bach told international media on a conference call from Tokyo. “They will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.”

“It will be made sure that the person who will put the medal on tray will do so only with disinfected gloves so that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before,” Bach added.

The Olympic practice differs from that of European football, where UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has personally draped medals over the necks of players at recent championship finals.

At the Euro 2020 medal and trophy ceremony in London on Sunday, Ceferin shook hands with Italy’s star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. In a penalty shootout, Donnarumma’s save secured Italy’s victory over England.

Bach confirmed on Wednesday that in Tokyo “there will be no shake hands and there will be no hugs there during the ceremony.”

An IOC member or a high-ranking official from a sport’s governing body often presents an Olympic medal.

The International Olympic Committee previously stated that medalists and ceremony officials would be required to wear masks.

The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23 with the city in a state of emergency due to an increase of COVID-19 cases.

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