Batra says she's focused on the Tokyo Games
India table tennis star Manika Batra is ready to take on the big stage of the Tokyo Games and aims for the top spot. With the Games just a few weeks away, Batra gives her fans an assurance that she will play at her very best in the Tokyo Games.
The Indian was only 21 years of age when she first played in the Games in 2018. There was a huge change from her form in the past few years, and one can say that it is far from the one fans have seen in Rio.
‘I am happy I qualified but now there’s no stopping. With the Games only weeks away, my focus is completely on the game now’, Batra said. ‘I have to work hard, give my 100 per cent in my training. There will be challenges ahead and I am gearing up each day to overcome those. We have to sacrifice a lot, but I can do anything for the love of the game’.
The early days of the pandemic led to the lack of games to play for table tennis. Many stars did not have the chance to play even at home. Batra took her time and practiced with Sharath Kamal - her doubles partner after a few months.
Kamal is now set to play in his fourth Games. Batra has learned a lot from him and said they are keen to win big in the competition.
‘I went to Chennai with him and I was also there at the national camp in Sonepat to play mixed doubles with him. We will not leave any stone unturned to do our best in Tokyo’, Batra said. ‘Every athlete strives to bring glory to their nation. Indian athletes have brought pride to the country time and again on an international stage. I'm really excited to see what the future holds’.
Batra has been working hard to make sure that she will be ready to play in the Tokyo Games when the time comes. The lack of a stable practice session may have been a tough run for her, but the star has found a lot of ways to stay at the ready.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores