On Monday, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said he was confident of the Tokyo Olympics going ahead this year and urged people not to fall prey to rumors that are making rounds about the Games. This year should be from July 23 to August. The games were scheduled to go ahead last year, but were postponed due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Rijiju told ANI, “Don't go with the rumors, the Olympics will be finalized. How we will do it, the process and protocol will be decided, otherwise the date and everything will be decided.”
Talking about the walkathon organized on International Women's Day, Rijiju said: “We organized this walkathon on International Women's Day at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, all our sisters and youth volunteers are participating in it. Secretary Youth Affairs, Usha Sharma ji is a pioneer. Walkathon, many volunteers have come to participate in this walkathon and we want to give a message that women can do anything in the society and women empowerment is a priority for us. “
He said, “If you look at the Olympics and in various international competitions, Indian women are doing very well, we are giving the same stage, when women perform it feels much better and better because we want to That the women of this country achieve excellence. ”.
On Saturday, Rijiju once again echoed the sentiment that Tokyo Olympic-based athletes would be given priority for the coronovirus vaccine, followed by other athletes.
He said, “We will look after our elite athletes. After this all junior athletes will be taken care of. But the focus is on the athletes of Tokyo Olympics, they will be given priority because safety is of utmost importance. If any player is infected with it.” Rijiju said that over time it will spoil their chances of competing in the Olympics because if you are infected you will have to follow quarantine and take medicine, so your dream is over.
Asked if the BCCI has communicated for vaccination, the minister said, “We are talking about all the sports and all the players, but the Olympic players will remain our priority, as with every sports federation we have There is communication from time to time, I cannot talk about that. A federation. Every federation is a part of the fraternity and we are concerned about all the players. We have to follow all the practices adopted by the Ministry of Health. “
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