India gymnast Pranati Nayak, who had claimed a bronze in vault on the Asian Creative Gymnastic Championships in 2019, is ready to compete on the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying via the continental quota. The 26-year-old from West Bengal is the second reserve behind Sri Lanka’s Elpitiya Badalge Dona Milka Geh for the Asian quota and have become eligible to compete from the zone following the cancellation of the ninth Senior Asian Championships, which was scheduled to be held from Might 29-June 1 in Hangzhou, China, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I used to be very upset after I could not obtain the qualifying rating through the 2019 World Championship and with the pandemic cancelling all occasions, I by no means imagined that I can realise this dream of going to the Olympics,” Pranati instructed PTI.
“I’m now ready for the official communication from the Asian or world physique concerning the identical,” she added.
Pranati’s long-time coach Minara Begum, who retired from the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) in 2019, was additionally extraordinarily happy to see her ward obtain the qualification.
“She retained her rating factors that she had achieved after competing on the Asian occasion in Mongolia and the world championship in Germany and received the Asian quota after the China occasion was cancelled,” Begum stated.
“I’m extraordinarily delighted for her,” she added.
After grabbing a bronze at Ulaanbaatar, Pranati had hoped to qualify for the Olympics by producing a very good present on the 2019 world championships.
“I did not do nicely in beam and it affected my rating at world championship. I used to be coronary heart damaged,” stated Pranati, who’s being educated by SAI coach Lakhan Manohar Sharma for the previous two years.
She had totalled 45.832 on the world championships after scoring 14.200 in vault, 11.133 in ground train, 10.566 in bar and 9.933 in beam.
“I’ve saved myself match and saved coaching throughout this pandemic although no occasions have been occurring.”
Requested if she was below Goal Olympics Scheme (TOPS), Pranati stated, “I used to be for a yr and a half until the 2018 Asian Video games. Now that I’ve certified, I hope I’m again within the scheme.”
“I wish to practice laborious within the subsequent few months and put up a very good present at Olympics,” she signed off.