Table Tennis player Manika Batra posted a picture of her nail art featuring the Indian flag, just before she headed to Tokyo for the Tokyo Olympics.

Batra painted Olympic rings on her thumbnail, the middle and ring fingers featured the word ‘INDIA’ in blue. The other two fingers had the national flag painted on them. Take a look at it below.


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A while ago, badminton player PV Sindhu had shared a picture on social media of her sporting Olympics-special nail art. It featured Olympic rings on white nail polish. She captioned the picture: “#olympicfever #10daystogo #tokyo2021💞”


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Olympic manicures and nail art has been trending for a while. According to a TIME article, it went mainstream during the games in London in 2012, when swimmers Missy Franklin and Rebecca Adlington were spotted wearing patriotic nail art. Soon nail bars multiplied and began popularising nail fashion.

In other news, it was announced that the winner would have to pick their attained laurels off a tray and wear them themselves.  This decision comes in an attempt to further curb the risk of either party, the receiver or the presenter, contracting the Covid-19 infection.

“The medals will not be given around the neck,” International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach confirmed to international media at a virtual roundtable. “They will be presented to the athlete on a tray, and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.”

“It will be made sure that the person who will put the medal on a tray will do so only with disinfected gloves so that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before.” Both parties would also mandatorily have to don a mask. With the recent state of emergency in the country, the precautions are to be set and followed most diligently. Bach also confirmed that there won’t be contact among athletes during the medal ceremony. “There will be no shake hands and there will be no hugs there during the ceremony,” he said.

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