Race walker Rawat leaves nationwide camp

Vinayak Padmadeo
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 22

Race walker Manish Singh Rawat has left the ‘secure’ confines of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility in Bengaluru and returned to Dehradun, the place he has been put in quarantine. The 29-year-old had needed to return dwelling for some time. He had sought permission from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to depart the camp to take care of his ailing mom. The request was denied as AFI has made it necessary for all its Olympics-bound athletes and probables to remain in regulated campuses — on the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, and in Bengaluru — as they really feel the athletes will run the danger of contracting Covid-19 exterior.

Rawat, who’s employed with the Uttarakhand Police, then left the SAI centre on July 19 on his personal. “I am in quarantine in Dehradun. We weren’t training much in Bengaluru and the coronavirus cases were also on the rise so I thought to return to Uttarakhand,” Rawat instructed The Tribune at the moment.

“I have written to AFI and I was told that if I was not feeling safe I can return. So I left. Covid-19 cases are relatively very low in Uttarakhand, more so in Pauri, where I intend to go once I finish my quarantine period,” added Rawat, who had completed 13th within the 20km race stroll occasion on the 2016 Olympics.

However, SAI officers mentioned Rawat left the campus with none approval. “Manish Singh Rawat, who was in NCOE Bangalore’s national athletics camp, left the campus on July 19, 2020, without approval from competent authority. He just gave an application to the chief coach and left the campus,” SAI Bengaluru mentioned in a press release.

Switch to 50km

Rawat added that he’ll prepare in Pauri and has determined to change focus from the 20km to the 50km race stroll occasion as he seems to earn qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. “Our coach Alexander (Artsybashev) thinks I am best suited for 50km. So I will be switching to 50km. It will be difficult but I have run a few races (2015 World Championships), so I am fairly confident that I can do this,” mentioned Rawat, who must clock three hour, 50 minutes to make the reduce for the Olympics.

“I will be treating this as the off-season and I am planning to stay and train in Gopeshwar, and hopefully I can do well at the race walking championship that usually happens in February,” he added.

It is known that AFI will take a stern view of Rawat’s unilateral determination to skip camp. But the race walker is unperturbed. “One has to take few risks to perform. Those who may get angry today will be happy for me if I perform well for the country,” Rawat mentioned.

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