Tokyo Olympics: There are now less than 20 days left for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to begin in Tokyo. A Bengali athlete and the only female gymnast in the Indian delegation, Pranati Nayak believes in herself. She will be one of the athletes to represent India at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
Pranati Nayak, a resident of Pingla, a small town in West Midnapore district of the state, was born on 6 April 1995. From a humble childhood she has grown to represent the nation on various occasions. Most of the trophies and victories have been won. Pranati, who has always dreamed of participating in the Olympics, considers this opportunity a big stage. She said that she is looking forward to seeing her podium in the Games and will give her best after a long journey of hard work.
Pranati is now aiming for a gold at the Tokyo Olympics after she became the third Indian to win a major medal in the vault after winning a bronze medal at the Ulaanbaatar Asian Gymnastics Championships 2019. Pranati is practicing her jumps and spins under the guidance of her coach Lekhon Sharma, in the final stages of giving the final touches and giving the final touches before the showdown begins in Tokyo.
Ahead of their international performances, Sharma and Nayak have been practicing for endless hours at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Salt Lake, Kolkata. Prioritizing safety from corona infection and to prevent any accidental mishap, Nayak has taken safety precautions for himself, and is living inside the bio bubble of the premises. Apart from her coach, some housekeeping staff and masseurs, no outsiders are allowed to meet her.
Pranati’s coach, Sharma is positive about the efforts being made by her student and herself for this prestigious competition. He told ABP News, “Pranati is a very hardworking and disciplined person. I know her since 2019. She is ready to sacrifice everything for her sport. Her dedication towards gymnastics has brought her to this position.”
Sharma and Pranati spend an average of 7 hours a day training. Her schedule consists of exercise both in the morning and evening, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and her sessions with her psychologist and physiotherapist, followed by rest. Sharma said that an important part of his daily schedule is recording his efforts to improve the technicality of his performance and analyzing his postures.
Highlighting his gameplan, he said, “Although we are aiming to improve and achieve his personal best score. We are focusing a bit more on vaulting.” But it is not all a matter of work and play. “We leave for training on Wednesday evening,” Sharma said.
For Sharma, the initial news of his selection for the Games was absolutely shocking. “I thought it was some fake news on google. We are practicing at local grounds for Asian Games and other championships. We had no idea that he would be selected. So many sporting events canceled especially in view of corona virus Having said, “As soon as we heard the news, we contacted SAI requesting access to the practice space, and they agreed almost immediately.”
The heroes come from a very simple background. His father, Sumant Nayak who was a bus driver by profession before the pandemic. Now engaged in 100-day employment schemes for regular income during lockdown. Her mother, Pranavi Nayak, a homemaker, saw Pranati grow into an energetic child who “jumped around.”
Pranati said, “During the lockdown when I heard that my daughter is going for Olympic Games, I was overjoyed. Our blessings are always with her. May she be healthy, bring home medals and name our country and our village.” The walls of his house, whose third floor remains halfway, are adorned with photographs of him and other famous sports personalities like wrestler Sushil Kumar, tennis player Sania Mirza, rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra and boxer Mary Kom.
To maintain the morale of the Indian team for Tokyo Olympics 2020 in which P.V. Sindhu, Deepika Kumari, Mary Kom, and Sania Mirza, Bollywood celebrities and otherwise have come together to wish her in a video. Sonakshi Sinha, Farhan Akhtar, Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Arshad Warsi, Johnny Lever, Ali Fazal, Yuvraj Singh, Vijender Singh, Anjali Bhagwat, Adile Sumariwala, Harsh Bhogle and Sudha them for “Go for Gold”. are encouraged.