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Gymnast Pranati Nayak to get continental quota to compete in Tokyo Olympic Games

Gymnast Pranati Nayak, the Asian bronze medallist in vault, will get the continental quota to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Since the Asian Championships, scheduled in the last week of May in Tokyo, has been cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, the unused continental quotas will be reallocated to the eligible athletes from the Asian zone only.

As per the rules, Sri Lankan Elpitiya Badalge Dona Milka Geh is the first reserve for the Asian quota while Pranati is the second reserve. Both will, however, compete in the Olympics, starting July 23.  The world body in gymnastics, FIG, will make an official announcement in this regard in June.

The massive surge in Covid-19 cases in India has spoiled national kayaking and canoeing teams’ participation in the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament scheduled to be held from May 5 to 7 in Thailand.

According to National team coach Captain (retd) Pijush Baroi, the continental competition in Pattaya, Thailand, was the last chance to make cut for the Olympics but the fresh travel guidelines issued by the Thailand government to ban the entry of Indians spoiled the show.

The 10-member team, including six in men’s group, was training in Bhopal.

Initially, the team was supposed to leave on April 16 as it was mandatory to undergo 10 days of quarantine before participating in the Asian meet.

But all direct flights from India to Thailand were cancelled a day before team was supposed to leave.

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