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

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Manika Batra

Indian desk tennis contingent’s Olympic preparations bought 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 likelihood, albeit a slight one, for the primary time ever after successful the blended doubles qualifying occasion.

The preparation anyway has been removed from ideally suited as a result of 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 could be travelling to Sonepat along with her private coach Sanmay Paranjpe.

“She has stated 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 essential. I hope they get so much out of the camp,” TTFI advisor MP Singh instructed PTI.

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

Round 16 folks shall be a part of the camp from June 20 to July 5, together with 12 gamers and 4 help workers. All of them will endure a RT-PCR take a look at upon arrival on June 17 and can endure fast antigen take a look at each day from day one of many camp.

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