Olympic preparation going haywire as India’s high desk tennis gamers want to coach individually-Sports activities Information , Alenz
After not getting his Denmark visa for coaching, Sharath Kamal is trying ahead to the nationwide camp in Sonepat however his preparations could be incomplete if he’s not capable of prepare with blended doubles companion Manika Batra.
New Delhi: The preparation of the Olympic-bound Indian desk tennis contingent appears to be going nowhere with main gamers G Sathiyan and Manika Batra confirming their unavailability for the proposed coaching camp in Sonepat from 20 June.
With the coronavirus -induced restrictions already affecting the gamers’ preparations for the July-August Tokyo Video games, high gamers preferring to work with their particular person coaches can also be not serving to the crew’s trigger.
Amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic within the nation, the 4 Tokyo-bound gamers — Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan, Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee — have been restricted to particular person coaching since qualifying in March.
After not getting his Denmark visa for coaching, Sharath is trying ahead to the nationwide camp in Sonepat however his preparations could be incomplete if he’s not capable of prepare with blended doubles companion Manika.
India’s finest shot at an Olympic medal is within the blended doubles class with the gamers not anticipated to go deep into the singles draw.
Desk Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) advisor MP Singh mentioned the federation is ready for SAI’s approval for the camp however it may’t power the gamers to attend it.
“The preparations haven’t been splendid however you possibly can not assist it amid the pandemic. We are actually awaiting SAI’s approval for the 15-day camp. It ought to are available a day or two,” Singh advised PTI.
“I’ve been knowledgeable by the TTFI workplace that Manika needs to proceed coaching in Pune along with her coach. If extra high gamers aren’t keen to come back, then we might want to see if we must always have the camp in any respect or not as we might need the whole crew to coach beneath one roof.”
Sathiyan too confirmed to PTI that he would quite prepare in Chennai at this juncture.
“My coach (S Raman) is right here and I’ve a superb sparring companion in Anirban Ghosh. Additionally, there’s a danger in travelling in the meanwhile. So, I would favor to remain put and put together for the Olympics.
“The preparations haven’t been splendid as a result of COVID-19 however we have to make the perfect use of no matter time now we have. I’m snug coaching in Chennai,” mentioned Sathiyan, who might be competing in his maiden Olympics.
The TTFI has deliberate a camp for 16 folks together with gamers and assist employees.
“A complete of 12 gamers and 4 assist employees might be a part of the camp. The gamers have educated in DPS Sonepat earlier additionally so they’re snug with the ability. Sharath is completely satisfied to come back. Let’s examine about others,” Singh mentioned.
Different India gamers together with Archana Kamath, Sanil Shetty and Manav Thakkar, who haven’t certified for the video games, are additionally anticipated in Sonepat.
“The gamers will endure RT-PCR exams upon arrival on 17 June and when the camp begins from 20 June, they’ll endure a fast antigen check day by day,” mentioned Singh.
Sharath, who is ready to compete in his fourth Olympics, couldn’t get the visa to coach in Denmark and is, due to this fact, trying ahead to much-needed apply in a crew surroundings.
He and Sathiyan might be competing in singles however the veteran’s focus is on blended doubles with Manika.
They received a shock bronze on the 2018 Asian Video games.
“Manika and I targeted on our motion earlier than and throughout the qualifiers. Now we have to get higher at enjoying conditions in a match. The preparations have been removed from splendid (as a result of COVID-19 ). I hope we get a while to coach collectively earlier than we attain Tokyo,” mentioned Sharath.
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