Indian table tennis players linked to the Olympics including Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra have received a much needed boost as they will have a 19-day camp in Sonepat starting Thursday.
Sharath Kamal, Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee will finally have the chance to train together, while G Sathiyan will continue to train in Chennai under the guidance of his trainer S Raman.
“The DPS (Sonepat) camp will start on June 17 and end on July 5. The IAD-approved camp is the result of last-minute efforts by the TTFI and the players,” said the Indian Table Tennis Federation. (TTFI). in a press release.
Indian players have been confined to their homes since qualifying for the Olympics during Asian qualifying events in March in Doha with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the country.
While Sharath and Sathiyan were in Chennai, Manika was in Pune, and Sutirtha practiced on a limited basis in Kolkata.
“On the one hand, it will change our mood. We have all been training individually because of the pandemic. Now we can focus on the job at hand. We can also push our limits with different training partners,” Sharath said.
Sharath said he and Manika will have to train for long hours before the Tokyo Games.
“We did a three day session in Chennai, but it was too short for our satisfaction. Then the pandemic prevented us from other sessions. The fortnight camp should help us,” he said. .
Sathiyan, on the other hand, said he preferred to train in Chennai because he could train on the Sanei table he procured.
“I’m expecting it (the board) before the end of this month. At the Games that mark will be used. My coach and I have mapped out our schedule,” he said.
Somyadeep Roy, most likely named the team’s coach for the Tokyo Olympics, and Arun Basak will have nine other paddlers to train with the three players.
SAI has also approved a training partner at Aakash Pal for Sutirtha, in addition to a personal trainer (Sanmay Paranjape) and a physio (Dhanjay Dubey) for Manika.
There will be other support staff, making Camp Sonepat a 20-strong team.
Men: A Sharath Kamal, Manav Thakkar, Sanil Shetty, Ronit Bhanja, Manush Shah and Payas Jain.
Women: Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Reeth Rishya, Diya Chitale, Prapti Sen and Kaushani Nath.
Coches: Soumyadeep Roy and Arup Basak.
Support staff: Amarjit Singh.
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