New Delhi: With 50 days to go for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Indian Olympic Association unveiled an impressive ceremonial and official sports attire for the Indian contingent that will participate in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
The official kit of Team India was unveiled by Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju in the presence of IOA President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra and Secretary General Mr. Rajeev Mehta.
While the official styling partner, Raymond, will deliver the ceremonial kits, the official sports apparel partner, Li-Ning, will supply the sports attire, including travel and playing kits for the athletes heading to Tokyo.
Li-Ning designed the official sports kit inspired by India’s national colours and integrated unique graphics to emote the energy and pride of the Indian Olympic Team. The designs of the official kits were curated by the Indian Olympic Association with a helping hand and support from designer Iditri Goel.
“We are just 50 days away from the Tokyo Olympic Games. Now every day, every second counts. The launch of the official kit of the Indian Olympic team is an important aspect and it is very significant that it is being launched on this day. I am happy to say that our athletes are well prepared for the biggest sporting event and the entire country must rally behind our athletes so that they are motivated to give their best at Tokyo. I urge every Indian to cheer for the Indian squad,” Rijiju said at the ceremony.
Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President Indian Olympic Association congratulated all the athletes who had earned a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games and expressed his confidence that the Indian athletes will make the nation proud as they shine and fly the tricolor high at the Tokyo Games.
“The unveiling of the sports kits for Team India coincides with the Remembrance Day of the visionary first President of the Indian Olympic Association – Sir Dorabji Tata, which is of great significance to the organisation and the team,” IOA Secretary General, Rajeev Mehta said during his vote of thanks.
“We are sending one of the best Indian teams till date which comprises of many young and experienced talent, including fencer C. A. Bhavani Devi, who is set to represent the country for the first time in Fencing in the history of the Games. All the athletes are training hard and are motivated for the Tokyo Olympics and I’m hopeful that our athletes will excel at the Games and will bring laurels for our country,” Mehta added.
Olympic bound athletes Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar, Deepak Punia, Sumit, Seema Bisla and Neeraj Chopra were also present for the unveiling ceremony held at the residence of minister Rijiju.
India will send a strong contingent to the Tokyo Olympic Games and so far, athletes from 11 sports including Boxing, Hockey, Wrestling, Yachting, Athletics, Archery, Equestrian, Fencing, Rowing, Shooting and Table Tennis have qualified, with athletes from more disciplines expected to qualify further.