Sharath, who submitted his paperwork to the embassy on Could 10, hasn’t obtained a reply until right this moment. Union sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju too has tried to assist however in useless, leaving Sharath with no alternative however to both curtail his stint in Copenhagen or cancel the tour.
“The plan was to coach for a month with the Danish and Swedish groups in Copenhagen. It will have been publicity for me, particularly with the Swedish squad too being in Denmark. It has been 4 Mondays since I submitted the papers on the embassy. No reply but,” Sharath informed TOI.
The veteran paddler, who certified for the Olympics on the Asian event in Doha in March this 12 months, mentioned he would cancel his tour plans if he doesn’t get the visa by the top of this week. “I used to be trying ahead to this journey. I hadn’t travelled abroad for coaching or competitors owing to the pandemic, besides Doha. If I get the visa by this week, I’ll get round two weeks of apply in Copenhagen. If I do not get the visa, I might fairly concentrate on coaching in Chennai earlier than transferring to a camp later within the month for my combined doubles coaching with Manika Batra.”
Sharath admitted it wasn’t the best scenario for the 4 paddlers — G Sathiyan, Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee being the others — who’ve certified for the Olympics.
“Our preparation, particularly after our return from Doha, has been badly affected owing to the lockdown. Dwelling isn’t the very best place to coach however now we have been doing simply that, with sparring companions. Solely Sathiyan had a chance to play in Poland for a few weeks.”
Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah are additionally scheduled to journey with Sharath to Denmark if the visa is processed. Sathiyan too has expressed his eagerness to coach in Copenhagen however that’s more likely to occur provided that Sharath and the opposite gamers cross the embassy hurdle.