Sports Ministry backs PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen’s Europe training ahead of the Olympics

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Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen are set to train in Europe as part of their preparation for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. This move comes after the Indian Sports Ministry’s Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) approved their proposals for foreign training.

PV Sindhu to train in Germany

PV Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, will be training in Germany at the Hermann-Neuberger Sportschule in Saarbrucken. She will be accompanied by her coach and support staff and will train there for over a month before heading to Paris. Sindhu, who won a silver medal at Rio 2016 and a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020, is set to appear at the Olympics for the third time in her career.

On the other hand, Lakshya Sen, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, will be training in France at The Halle des Sports Parsemain in Marseille. Sen, who will compete in the men’s singles event in Paris, will train with his coach and support staff from July 8 to 21 ahead of the Olympic Games. This will be Sen’s debut at the Olympics.

The MOC has approved funding for their airfare, boarding/lodging costs, local transportation charges, Visa Fees, and shuttlecocks expenses under the Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). This approval is a significant step towards ensuring that Indian athletes receive the best possible training and preparation for the upcoming Olympics.

Both Sindhu and Sen have secured quota places for India in the Paris 2024 Olympics as per the Race to Paris Ranking List published by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Their participation in the Paris Games depends on the National Olympic Committee (NOC) selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.

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