Judoka Sushila Manipur Will Train in Delhi before Going to Japan
At the Olympic preparation camp in Chatto Gontier, France, French judo coach Rodriguez Chenet is picking up Sushila Devi’s skill, while Indian judoka has been cooking Indian food for her over the weekend. Sushila (24), who qualified in the women’s 48kg category at the Tokyo Olympic Games, and Jasleen Singh Saini (men’s 66kg) are training in a month-long camp that began in the second week of last month. We often make Indian food at Chenit’s house on weekends, the rest of the day for us. Today Sushila cooked chicken.
Everyone enjoyed Indian food. It was fun after a tough training session on weekdays, ”Indian coach Jiban Sharma told IANS on Sunday from Chitto Goetia. Sushila was allotted a continental quota by the International Judo Federation (IJF) last month as she collected the highest points (1009) in her 48kg weight category. The month-long camp in France will end next Friday. Judoka from Manipur will train in Delhi before going to Japan for the Olympics. With less than 20 days to go to the Olympics, our main focus is on smoothing out the athlete’s mental state so that he can cope with the pressure of his Olympic debut,” Sharma said of his final preparations.
To prepare for the games, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) approved the Sushilar camp in France. Chatto Gunter has a good springing partner here. The local French coach also helped well Sharma said. Sushila’s last international competition was the Budapest World Judo Championships in the first week of June but she lost to Mary de Vargas of Chile and collapsed in the first round of the 48kg division.
Another Indian judoka Saini from Budapest also lost her first fight in the men’s 66kg category. The eight-day tournament in Hungary was the latest Olympic qualifying event that provided valuable points.
The World Championships were a good lesson for Sushila. We hope he will make a good impact in Japan, Sharma said.