With persistence on qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, Indian table tennis players resumed their training after nearly seven months at the national camp on Wednesday, running with nine paddlers in Sonipat.
A total of 11 players and three coaches have given their consent for the 42-day camp which will conclude on 9 December.
Four-time Commonwealth Games gold medalists Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anusha Kutumbale will attend the camp on Thursday.
Senior players G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai, who left for Europe earlier this month to take part in the league, are expected to join him after his return.
It is the first national camp for sports since the nationwide lockout was implemented in March to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19. “It is a good start and I am sure everyone in the camp would love good training and practice with partners,” World No. 31 Sharath Kamal said in a release. “For us, it would be the best way to go about it and with complete preparation for the Olympic qualifier. Everything we did during the lockout at home was not enough and lacked intensity and concentration.
“It is now a serious business. The camp will allow us to assess your fitness and strike a rhythm you don’t get when you practice alone. “
At the camp site, all precautions have been confirmed as per standard operating procedure laid down by the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India.
“We are constantly striving and constantly in touch with SAI and the players. Now TTFI General Secretary MP Singh said that now that this is happening, the camp will help them get into a good position before the qualification of the Games next year.
The campers: Men: A. Sharath Kamal, Manav Thakkar, Manush Shah, Sudhanshu Grover and Jubin Kumar.
Women: Sutirth Mukherjee, Archana Kamath, Anusha Kutumbale, Takmi Sarkar, Kaushani Nath and Dia Chitle.
Coaches: Arup Basak, Sunil Barabas and Sachin Shetty.
Masseur: Amarjit Singh.
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