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Missing Accredition Cards and Covid Tests, First Indian Team to Reach Tokyo Olympics Made to Wait Hours

The six-member crusing crew, comprising 4 sailors and two coaches, the primary Indian crew to land in Tokyo Haneda airport for the 2020 Olympics, needed to wait hours resulting from a protracted bureaucratic course of after which the Covid-19 and ‘technology’ verify.

The entire course of took hours on Tuesday earlier than the Indian crew may lastly depart for his or her lodge, as they might not be staying on the Games village however at an lodging close to their occasion.

According to a report in ‘The Indian Express’, an official mentioned the crusing crew was held up resulting from prolonged immigration procedures after which for Covid take a look at experiences.

First, the Indian crew had been checked by a quarantine officer for 2 apps — one for well being monitoring and the opposite for contact tracing, because the officer made positive that the telephone’s Bluetooth and GPS had been purposeful.

“Through one of the apps, they also checked our pre-departure Covid reports,” the official informed TIE.

“For those without a smartphone, there was a provision at the airport to rent one for the duration of the Games,” the official added.

Then the crew needed to take a saliva antigen Covid-19 take a look at advert whereas they waited for the outcomes, needed to validate their accreditation playing cards and submit proof of thier unfavourable pre-departure Covid take a look at.

“It took a few hours for the Covid take a look at report, however in our case the delay was longer additionally as a result of some members of the crew didn’t have their accreditation playing cards,” the official was quoted as saying by TIE.

Owing to flight disruptions, accreditation playing cards had not reached a number of the members of the crew in time.

“It isn’t potential to go away the airport with out an accreditation card. That course of took a few hours extra. The remainder of the crew may have left after they obtained their Covid-negative experiences however they selected to journey collectively,” the official mentioned.

The crusing crew’s expertise might be a sign of what might be anticipated on reaching Tokyo for Summer Games with the primary batch of Indian athletes resulting from depart on July 17 for Tokyo through a chartered Air India flight.

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