Pranati Nayak, a female gymnast from India, and Maana Patel and Srihari Natraj, both swimmers, have begun training in preparation for their Olympic debuts. The Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) official Twitter account shared images of the duo preparing for training, captioning the post: “Tokyo is the final destination. Swimmers @srihari3529 and Maana Patel prepare for their first training session at the #Tokyo2020 Games village. From 23 July, you can watch Team India compete at @Tokyo2020. Come on, let’s #Cheer4India together.”
SAI Media tweeted minutes later, “Tokyo is the final destination. Take a look at gymnast Pranati Nayak at the #Tokyo2020 Games village’s training arena. Don’t forget to show your support for Team India by using the hashtag #Cheer4India.”
Earlier on Monday, shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth took to the court and trained alongside coach Park Tae Sang. Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, two paddlers, have also begun their training and were seen sparring on the table tennis court.
On Monday, Indian archers Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, Praveen Jadhav, and Deepika Kumari began their training.
The Indian contingent, which departed from New Delhi for Tokyo on Saturday following an official send-off at Indira Gandhi International Airport, arrived safely in Tokyo and checked into the Olympic Games Village. At the airport, all 88 athletes were tested for Covid-19 and were found to be negative. Additionally, their PVC cards were validated at the airport.
In Tokyo, India will field 127 athletes across 18 sports disciplines. This is the largest contingent India has ever sent to an Olympic Games. India will compete in 69 cumulative events across 18 different sports disciplines, which is also a record for the country.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place between July 23 and August 8. The mega event was originally scheduled for last year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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