Olympics: Gymnast Pranati, hockey teams to leave for Tokyo on Saturday

A day before their departure to Tokyo for the Olympic Games, the men’s hockey team, the men’s double pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, and gymnast Pranati Nayak had their final training sessions on Friday.

The hockey teams had a lengthy session on Friday morning and gave final touches to their preparations for the mega event as they are scheduled to leave Bengaluru for New Delhi on their way to Tokyo as part of the 90-member first batch.

Pranati had a session at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi under the watchful eye of coach Laxman Manohar Sharma. Pranati had made the cut as the lone Indian gymnast for the Olympics based on an Asian quota as the Senior Asian Championship scheduled in China was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Badminton players Rankireddy and Shetty got into action at the Gacchibowli Stadium in Hyderabad under the guidance of Mathias Boe of Denmark, India’s doubles coach. Rankireddy and Shetty are in a tough Group A in the men’s doubles competition at the Olympics, paired in a group that includes world No.1 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia, Chen Yang/Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei, and Ben Lane/Sean Vendy of Great Britain.