Batra, who is also the president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), said that athletes from the northeast region are "immensely talented" and possess tremendous physical endurance to withstand the rigours of playing a competitive sport
In talks with IOC to host 2036 Olympics, Motera best venue for opening ceremony, says IOA chief Narinder Batra
A proper presentation for India's bid will be prepared after a new president takes over following IOA elections in December, Batra said.
Hockey India withdraws teams from Birmingham CWG citing COVID concerns, discriminatory quarantine rules
Hockey India's decision comes a day after England's withdrawal from the junior men's World Cup in Bhubaneswar over similar reasons.
Batra said the Indian hockey teams' priority is to achieve their peak at the Asian Games, which starts just 35 days after the CWG
Odisha government to continue sponsoring Indian hockey over coming decade, says Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Patnaik made the announcement at a felicitation ceremony that was held for the hockey players shortly after their arrival in Odisha.
The Health Ministry official, however, said that only those individuals who have returned negative in the saliva-based test prior to their departure to India will be allowed to board the flight.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA requests government to allow contingent to enter country without COVID-19 test report
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
The IOA Advisory Committee has recommended that silver medal winners will be presented Rs 40 lakh, while the bronze winners will get richer by Rs 25 lakhs.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'Please don't take stress', IOA president Narinder Batra to athletes arriving in Tokyo
Narinder Batra said the situation is not that that bad in the Japanese capital and the athletes should not take undue stress.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: First batch of Games-bound Indian athletes given formal send-off by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur
Thakur was accompanied by Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandip Pradhan and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials, including President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta.
The Indian team was based in Croatia since early May for training and competition and flew into Tokyo from Zagreb.
Out of the 119 athletes, 67 are male and 52 female participants, Batra said during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with Olympic-bound athletes.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Long wait in immigration, not enough volunteers — IOA chief highlights concerns on arrival in Japan
IOA chief Batra was informed of the inconveniences the athletes from other countries are facing on landing in Tokyo by the Indian Chef De mission on Friday.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Any decision that adversely affects Indian athletes’ preparation not acceptable to us, says Kiren Rijiju
“It will not be acceptable to us if there’s any decision by Tokyo 2020 organisers regarding quarantine and other things which will adversely affect the preparation of Indian athletes,” sports minister Kiren Rijiju said.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA seeks clarification from Games organisers, this time on entry of foreign-based athletes
The Tokyo organisers have prescribed stricter regulations for all travellers — including athletes, coaches and support staff — from 11 countries, including India, where different variants of COVID-19 have been identified, within 14 days of their arrival in Tokyo.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japan imposes stricter regulations on India contingent, IOA terms it 'unfair and discriminatory'
Indian athletes and officials travelling for the Olympics have been asked by the Japanese government to undergo daily COVID-19 tests for a week prior to their departure and not interact with anyone from another country for three days on arrival.
"I am quite sure the Olympics will go smoothly. All precautions are being taken care of. The organising committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are fully on board in terms of protocols," IOA president Narinder Batra said.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: China urges India to be ‘objective and fair’ after IOA drops Li Ning as kit sponsor
There have been calls for boycott of Chinese products after face-off between the armies of the two countries in eastern Ladakh last year.
The IOA on Tuesday dropped Li Ning as its official kit sponsor for the Olympics to 'honour public sentimen'.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA drops Chinese brand Li Ning as kit sponsor, decides to go with unbranded apparel
The IOA had unveiled the Olympic kit designed by Li Ning for the Tokyo Games last week, which led to criticism. It has been learnt that the Sports Ministry then advised IOA to not include a Chinese sponsor for the Games.