New Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) Indian desk tennis contingent’s Olympic preparations bought a a lot wanted enhance on Friday when star paddler Manika Batra agreed to hitch the nationwide camp in Sonepat to coach with blended doubles associate and veteran Sharath Kamal.
Earlier, each Manika and G Sathiyan had expressed their unavailability to attend the camp, preferring to proceed coaching in Pune and Chennai respectively with their coaches.
That was an enormous setback to India’s construct up for the July-August Olympic Video games the place India have a medal likelihood, albeit a slight one, for the primary time ever after successful the blended doubles qualifying occasion.
The preparation anyway has been removed from supreme because of the COVID-19 associated restrictions. The crew additionally would not have a head coach for the reason that 2018 Asian Video games.
Whereas Sathiyan’s availability for the camp, starting June 20, stays unsure, Manika has knowledgeable TTFI that she can be travelling to Sonepat together with her private coach Sanmay Paranjpe.
“She has mentioned sure to attending the camp, placing the nation first. We admire that. We now have additionally bought SAI’s approval for the camp.
“Our greatest likelihood is in blended doubles so Manika and Sharath’s preparation turns into crucial. I hope they get quite a bit out of the camp,” TTFI advisor MP Singh instructed PTI.
Apart from Manika, Sharath and Sathiyan, Sutirtha Mukherjee has additionally certified for the Olympics, making it India’s greatest illustration within the sport on the Summer time Video games.
Round 16 individuals shall be a part of the camp from June 20 to July 5, together with 12 gamers and 4 help employees.
All of them will endure a RT-PCR take a look at upon arrival on June 17 and can endure speedy antigen take a look at every day from day one of many camp.
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