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‘Will go to national camp if Kolkata doesn’t provide all facilities’

first_imgStar heptathlete Swapna Barman has suggested that she might opt out of training in Kolkata in favour of Patiala if the facilities are not up to the standards. The Asian Games gold medallist has been an off-camper previously, but might consider training at the national camp starting from October 10.”For now I will be training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Kolkata. If they provide doctor, masseuse, physio and other things properly then I will stay. Otherwise, I won’t hesitate to go and train at the national camp,” the 21-year-old track & field athlete told Mail Today on Saturday.Interestingly, if the situation arises where she has to move to national camp, it will probably lead to her parting ways with her coach over the years, Subhash Sarkar. The coach has said it won’t be possible for him to move to Patiala due to other commitments.”If Swapna later decides to move to Patiala to train, then it won’t be possible for me to coach her anymore because I train other athletes here and I can’t leave them all,” Sarkar said. However, he hopes that if AFI could run a national camp in Kolkata then he can continue to train her.For now, Swapna and her coach’s focus remains on finding a foreign coach who could help her improve in the 200m sprint, which has been her weakness among all the seven events.”Swapna’s performance has improved in all the events except for the 200m. It has been stagnant for two years now. So we need to work on that. Because of her six toes, her ankle moves slightly away, which costs her time. We are in search of a foreign coach who could help in fixing that flaw in the technique,” said Swapna’s coach.advertisementSwapna also updated that her back and knee injuries, which haunted her before the Asiad, are stable now and she is taking time off from training to heal her body for the upcoming season.last_img

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