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India slams Tokyo Olympic rules for Covid-hit nations, says athlete will lose crucial days

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games, India’s Olympic body has slammed the rules imposed by the Japanese government on athletes from several Covid-hit nations. The athletes from severe Covid-hit countries like India will have to undergo daily testing for a week before they depart for Japan.

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Ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games, India’s Olympic body has slammed the rules imposed by the Japanese government on athletes from several Covid-hit nations. The organisers have included additional measures to reduce infection risks from several countries, including India, that have seen a significant impact from variants of Covid-19.

According to the protocols, athletes from severe Covid-hit countries like India will have to undergo daily testing for a week before they depart for Japan. In addition, they are instructed to refrain from coming into contact with other teams for three days after their arrival in Japan.

Calling the rules unfair, the Indian Olympic Association said with the new rules in place, the athletes would lose three crucial training days. Athletes are allowed to arrive in the Games village only five days before their event. Now three days will be wasted, this is the time the athletes need to be moving towards their mode to peak… highly unfair for Indian athletes, who have worked hard for five years, to be discriminated against just five days before the Olympics, IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary Rajeev Mehta said in a joint statement.

Further, the sports administrator said that a total of 11 countries, including India, Pakistan, and the UK, would be affected. Where and when will the athletes have their breakfast, lunch, dinner during these three days, as everyone has food in the Games village food hall where all athletes and officials of other NOCs (National  Olympic Committees) are present all the time. Where can athletes train? because practice/training areas are never empty and athletes and officials of other NOCs are present all the time, the IOA president added.

The Tokyo 2020 organisers have said they had received a document from India’s Olympic body. The organisers have stated that for participants from areas such as India that have seen significant impact from variants, it is necessary that they follow more stringent rules than those outlined in the (athletes) Playbook, and are similar to the existing border control measures.

However, the organisers did not make it clear whether athletes from the affected countries would be allowed to train in the three days after their arrival.

India’s Olympic body, meanwhile, has ensured that Indian athletes will be fully vaccinated before the Games starting 23 July. Earlier, the International Olympic Committee had also said six countries – Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka had pledged to fully vaccinate their delegations and conduct additional testing.

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Meanwhile, the upcoming multi-sport mega event, Tokyo 2020, will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021. Some Indian athletes, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and wrestler Vinesh Phogat, are training abroad and will travel to Tokyo from their respective locations. The rest of the Olympic team will depart from India.

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Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds roadshow in Rajkot

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Rajkot after inspecting AIIMS Rajkot during his visit to Gujarat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Rajkot, Gujarat on Sunday. People showered flower petals on the Prime Minister as he greeted and waved to his supporters and walked to the venue. The supporters chanted Modi Modi and a large number people lined up on both sides of the road.

Earlier today PM Modi took blessings from Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Sadanand Saraswati. The Prime Minister offered prayers at Gujarat’s famous Lord Krishna temple – Dwarkadish on Sunday morning. The majestic Dwarkadhish Temple is situated at the cusp of Gomti River and the Arabian Sea in Gujarat and it is an important hindu pilgrimage site for vaishnavites, especially the devotees of Lord Krishna who is called Dwarkadhish, or King of Dwarka

The Dwarkadhish temple is one of the Char Dham. The Prime minister was also gifted an idol of Lord Krishna by the priests of the temple. Earlier the day PM Modi inaugurated Sudarshan Setu, the country’s longest cable-stayed bridge which spans around 2.32km. It collects the Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka in Gujarat.

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation projects worth over Rs 4,150 crore during the inauguration. He laid foundation stone of multiple development projects in Dwarka during his two-day visit to Gujarat. The Prime Minister posted on X and said he was delighted to inaugurate Sudarshan Setu today – a bridge which connects lands and people. He said the bridge stands as a testament to his government’s commitment to development and progress. The bridge was earlier known as signature bridge and has been renamed Sudarshan Setu.

Beyt Dwarka is an island near Okha port which approximately at distance of 30 km from Dwarka town, where the famous Dwarkadhish temple of Lord Krishna is situated. It is linked to the Okha mainland and the Beyt Dwarka island in Gujarat.

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PM Modi dedicates five AIIMS to nation, inaugurates multiple development projects from Rajkot

At the event in Rajkot, PM Modi said that India is developing at a fast pace after inaugurating and dedicating all five AIIMS to the nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated and dedicated five AIIMS to the nation, and laid the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 48,100 crore, in Gujarat’s Rajkot.

In a significant move to bolster national healthcare in the country, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated five new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) campuses in Rajkot (Gujarat), Bathinda (Punjab), Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), Kalyani (West Bengal), and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh).

At the event in Rajkot, PM Modi said that India is developing at a fast pace after inaugurating and dedicating all five AIIMS to the nation.

Today, the nation has witnessed a glimpse of the level of healthcare facilities that will be available in a developed India, PM Modi said. Despite 50 years of independence, there was only one AIIMS hospital in the country, and it was situated in Delhi. In the seven decades of independence, only seven AIIMS hospitals were approved, but none of them were ever completed, he added.

The Prime Minister has inaugurated over 200 healthcare infrastructure projects worth more than Rs. 11,500 crores across 23 states and union territories. He also laid the foundation stone for these projects. In addition, the Prime Minister has inaugurated the Medical College of JIPMER in Karaikal, Puducherry, and a 300-bed satellite centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Educational Research (PGIMER) in Sangrur, Punjab.

Additionally, PM Modi inaugurated, dedicated to the nation, and laid the foundation stone of 115 projects under the National Health Mission and Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM). The Prime Minister took a significant step towards increasing renewable energy production in the region by laying the foundation stone of several renewable energy projects. These include the 300 MW Bhuj-II Solar Power Project, a grid-connected 600 MW Solar PV Power Project,

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Akhilesh Yadav joins Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Agra days after seat-sharing deal

This came days after the seat-sharing deal between SP and Congress was finalised for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra. This came days after the seat-sharing deal between SP and Congress was finalised for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who played the crucial role in finalising the seat-sharing deal between SP and Congress, was also present at the Yatra.

During the Yatra, the former Uttar Pradesh CM Yadav thanked the people of UP and said the biggest challenges, in the coming days, are to save the democracy and the Constitution to fulfil the dream of the BR Ambedkar, which has been ruined by the BJP-led central government. He gave a slogan, “BJP Haatao, Desh Bachao.”  

The Wayanad MP, while addressing the public, said that the poor in this country face injustice all the time. The reason for hatred is injustice, so we have added the word justice to our journey, he added.

It has been a year since Congress completed the Bharat Jodo Yatra, walking 4,000 km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. During the yatra, a person told Rahul that he had been trying to open a “Mohabbat Ki Dukan” in “Nafrat Ka Bazaar.” Now, along with Yadav and Priyanka, we are trying to do it again, Rahul added.

Priyanka Gandhi also expressed her happiness over Yadav joining the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra today. Earlier, while addressing the public, Priyanka said that the BJP has been in power for 10 years and during this time, many big events such as the G20 Summit took place. Everyone said that the respect of the country is increasing due to such events, and Congress agreed to it, she added.

However, she questioned whether the respect of the country is not connected to the young, policemen, and students. She highlighted the lack of job opportunities for the youth, farmers still protesting on roads, and inflation being a burden for the people of the country.

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