Manika Batra and G Sathiyan had earlier expressed their unavailability to attend the camp.© Instagram
Indian desk tennis contingent’s Olympic preparations acquired 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 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 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 splendid because of the COVID-19 associated restrictions. The group additionally does not have a head coach because the 2018 Asian Games.
While Sathiyan’s availability for the camp, starting June 20, stays unsure, Manika has knowledgeable TTFI that she can be travelling to Sonepat along with her private coach Sanmay Paranjpe.
“She has said yes to attending the camp, putting the country first. We appreciate that. We have also got 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 lots out of the camp,” TTFI advisor MP Singh told PTI.
Besides Manika, Sharath and Sathiyan, Sutirtha Mukherjee has also qualified for the Olympics, making it India’s biggest representation in the sport at the Summer Games.
Around 16 folks can be a part of the camp from June 20 to July 5, together with 12 gamers and 4 assist workers.
They all will bear a RT-PCR take a look at upon arrival on June 17 and can bear fast antigen take a look at each day from day one of many camp.
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