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PIX: Indian athletes start training ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
Last updated on: July 19, 2021 23:44 IST
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IMAGE: MC Mary Kom during the Indian boxing team's training session in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Sports Authority of India

Indian athletes, including the boxers and shooters, hit the ground running as they started their pre-Olympic training, hoping to live up to massive expectations in the pandemic-hit Games in Tokyo.


With the boxing competition getting underway on July 24 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the Indian pugilists -- both men and women -- sweated it out in their first training session a day after landing in Tokyo for the Games, starting on July 23.

MC Mary Kom, Pooja Rani, Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain sweated it out during the training session.

"Our women boxers are sweating it out at #Tokyo2020 Games village ahead of the @Tokyo2020. Send in your wishes for them with #Cheer4India," Sports Authority of India (SAI) tweeted.

The Indian male boxers were also seen working on their skills including Amit Panghal, who is one of the favourites to win a medal in 52kg.

IMAGE: The Indian shooters practicing at the 50m range at the Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo on Monday. Photographs: Kind courtesy NRAI/Twitter

The Indian shooters also underwent their first training session at the Asaka Shooting Range, getting a feel of the venue four days before the Olympics starts on July 23.

The shooting events will be held at the Asaka Shooting Range, which is located in Saitama Prefecture, north west Tokyo, from July 24 to August 2.

"The #guns they are a blazing again. #indianshootingteam practising at the 50M range," the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) tweeted.

The first batch of Indian athletes arrived on Sunday morning and checked in to the Games village after fulfilling the COVID-19 related protocol requirements.

IMAGE: Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das during their practice session. Photograph: Sports Authority of India

The likes of archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, table tennis players G Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal, ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth and lone Indian gymnast in fray, Pranati Nayak, also started their training on Monday.

While archery couple Atanu and Deepika started sharpening their skills at the Yumenoshima Park this morning, paddlers Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal too began their preparations in search of an elusive Olympic medal in the sport.

IMAGE: Gymnast Pranati Nayak. Photograph: Sports Authority of India

Gymnasts Pranati Nayak also started her training on Monday morning under the supervision of coach Lakhan Manohar Sharma.

While shuttler Sindhu and Praneeth trained with singles coach Park Tae Sang, the men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy hit the courts along with their coach Mathias Boe.

The sailors, including V Sarvanan, the first to reach Tokyo, had already started their training on Sunday.

Besides Saravanan (men's laser class), Nethra Kumanan, KC Ganapathy, and Varun Thakker, all of whom reached Tokyo last week, will be representing the country in the sailing event at the Tokyo Games.

IMAGE: India's V Sarvanan, centre, during his training session. Photograph: Sports Authority of India

Rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh, who will compete in men's lightweight double scull and arrived in the Japanese capital on Saturday morning, underwent their first training session under the supervision of chief national coach Ismail Baig at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay on Sunday.

The 15-strong group of Indian shooters also to hit the range on Monday.

As per the protocols laid down by the Organising committee, athletes arriving from India were required to undergo three-day mandatory quarantine upon reaching Tokyo which was later lifted, much to the relief of the country's athletes.

On reaching the Games Village after clearing their COVID tests at the airport and receiving their PVC cards, the Indian athletes were allowed to use the common areas, including gymnasium and dinning hall.

After one year's delay, the Tokyo Olympics will finally be held under emergency conditions with no spectators because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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