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19 Indian athletes to take part in Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, confirms IOA secretary general

The names of Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal were removed as the pair will take part in the mixed doubles event on Saturday.

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New Delhi Published on: July 23, 2021 9:55 IST
19 Indian athletes to take part in Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, confirms IOA secretary general
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19 Indian athletes to take part in Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, confirms IOA secretary general

Indian paddlers A Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra have decided against attending the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as they open their mixed doubles campaign the following day.

The names of both the players were there in the list of participants at the opening ceremony but as it turns out, it was an error on the part of the Indian officials who compiled the list.

"Change in athletes list - Sharat kamal and Manika Batra of Table Tennis are canceled and Ankita from Tennis is added," tweeted Mehta on Friday.

 

The Asian Games bronze-medallist play the mighty Chinese Taipei pairing of Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching in the round of 16 match on Saturday.

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The pair from Chinese Taipei is seeded third and is currently number one in world rankings.

Instead of 20 athletes, 19 will be seen at the ceremony with tennis player Ankita Raina replacing the table tennis stars. Six officials will accompany them.

Boxing great M C Mary Kom and Indian hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh will be the flag-bearers at Japan National Stadium. 

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