Tokyo Olympics: Indian Badminton and Table Tennis Stars Start Training

Sai Prneeth and PV Sindhu started preparing in Tokyo.© Twitter

Ahead of the upcoming Olympics, Indian badminton and table tennis contingents began training in Tokyo on Monday. The shutters of PV Sindhu and Sai Prneeth reached the courts and trained alongside coach Park Tae Sang. Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran paddlers also started training and watched the fight. Men’s doubles pairings Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also started training before the Olympics with coach Mathias Boe. The silver medal at the Rio Olympics has given PV Sindhu an easier path at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, starting on July 23rd. Sindhu is ranked in the women’s individual J set and ranked sixth.

Sindhu 2019 World Champion will face Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova in the group stage.

Earlier, Indian archers Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, Praveen Jadhav and Deepika Kumari started training on Monday.

The Indian contingent, which left Tokyo for New Delhi on July 17, was sent to Japan by Indira Gandhi International Airport, arrived safely in Japan and entered the Olympic Games.

88 athletes underwent Covid-19 tests at the airport and were found to be negative. Their PVC cards were also validated at the airport.

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Archery would host five events at the Tokyo Olympics: the men’s individual, the women’s individual, the men’s team, the women’s team and the mixed team. The event will begin on July 23 and run through July 31 at the Yumenoshima Park’s archery range.

Archery is a non-medal winning event at the Indian Olympics. However, this time, the country is confident with its archery contingency, as all four qualified competitors have taken part in the competition with good results in previous competitions.

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