Athletes, officers and media returning to the nation from Tokyo Olympics is not going to be required to supply RT-PCR destructive take a look at stories for COVID-19 earlier than their departure from the Japanese capital, the Government of India mentioned on Sunday.
The choice was intimated in an official letter by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare after the Indian Olympic President Narinder Batra had earlier within the day requested the federal government to exempt returnees from the Tokyo Games to supply RT-PCR destructive report earlier than boarding their flights.
The Health Ministry official, nonetheless, mentioned that solely these people who’ve returned destructive within the saliva-based take a look at previous to their departure to India might be allowed to board the flight.
Besides, all these getting back from Tokyo might be retested upon touchdown in India.
“Only asymptomatic individuals should be allowed to board the flight.
“The delegation will, nonetheless, should be retested on arrival and could be allowed to depart the Airport after giving the samples with the situation that they are going to be required to undertake self-monitoring of their well being for 14 days,” said the Health Ministry letter communication to Sports Ministry.
Earlier in the day, in a letter addressed to Sports Secretary Ravi Mittal, Batra said since the Olympic contingent members have been fully vaccinated and undergone tests on a regular basis in Tokyo, they be exempted from the requirement of showing RT-PCR negative test reports while returning to the country.
“Our humble request… is to permit the athletes, officers, IOA delegates, NSF officers/delegates and the media, who’re getting back from Tokyo and have an accreditation card based mostly on which Japan allowed them entry into Japan, be allowed to enter again in India with out RT PCR take a look at and report,” said Batra.
According to Tokyo Olympics COVID-19 protocols, athletes undergo antigen tests everyday and those who return positive or have values close to infection have their RT PCR tests done. Also, athletes have to leave Tokyo within 48 hours of their events getting over.
India’s entire contingent was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before its departure for Tokyo Olympics and Batra said it should be taken into consideration.
“You are very properly conscious that each one athletes, all officers (IOA and NSF) are: 1. Double Vaccinated, 2. Took 2 RT PCR exams earlier than departure to Tokyo, 3. Every member of the contingent, delegate from IOA & NSFs are being examined in Tokyo on a regular basis for Covid with Sylvia take a look at until every particular person’s departure again to India,” he said.
“To get RTPCR take a look at performed in Tokyo or exterior Tokyo the place contingent relies is a really tough activity. Here paper work is ideal however in observe there’s lot of confusion and really tough to get issues.”
Batra requested the government to write to Japanese counterparts to allow the Indian contingent to board the flight from Tokyo without any COVID-19 test.
The weightlifting contingent will depart for India from Tokyo on Monday after Mirabai Chanu won a historic silver in women’s 49kg event.
Batra informed that the airlines that will be coming to India from Japan are Air India, Vistara, All Nippon Airlines and Japan Airlines.
“Information can also be requested to be made conscious to all of the 4 Airlines to permit all …to board the flight, with out RT-PCR take a look at & report.”
India fielded its largest ever contingent of 127 athletes on the Tokyo Olympics, which additionally consists of the very best feminine illustration of 56.
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