Derailed Olympic preparation again on monitor after Manika agrees to attend nationwide camp

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Indian desk tennis contingent’s Olympic preparations received a a lot wanted increase on Friday when star paddler Manika Batra agreed to affix the nationwide camp in Sonepat to coach with blended doubles accomplice 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 a giant setback to India’s construct up for the July-August Olympic Video games the place India have a medal probability, albeit a slight one, for the primary time ever after successful the blended doubles qualifying occasion.

The preparation anyway has been removed from very best because of the COVID-19 associated restrictions. The crew additionally doesn’t have a head coach because the 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. Now we have additionally received SAI’s approval for the camp.

“Our greatest probability 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 advised PTI.

Moreover Manika, Sharath and Sathiyan, Sutirtha Mukherjee has additionally certified for the Olympics, making it India’s greatest illustration within the sport on the Summer season Video games.

Round 16 folks shall be a part of the camp from June 20 to July 5, together with 12 gamers and 4 assist employees.

All of them will endure a RT-PCR check upon arrival on June 17 and can endure speedy antigen check each day from day one of many camp.


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