ndian athletes are unable to leave the country because of the deadly surge of COVID-19 infections the country has experienced in recent weeks.

IOC Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams said the organisation was providing help to Indian athletes who have been prevented from taking part in Olympic qualifiers, but declined to give further details.

Last week it emerged that Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold is challenging a decision from the IOC after being denied a place at Tokyo 2024 because of changes to the qualification process.

Bujold was set to compete at the Americas boxing qualifier in Buenos Aires this month before it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Boxing quotas from the continent will be decided by rankings, but Bujold was unable to participate at the events used to form the standings because of her pregnancy and maternity leave.