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NEW DELHI: Olympic-bound rovers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh have decided to cancel their five-week exposure trip to Portugal, essentially serving them on arrival in the European country due to a difficult quarantine period of two weeks was.
The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) sanctioned Rs 21 lakh for their training at the Pocinho High Performance Center in Portugal ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games last week.
However the sailors decided not to travel because they did not want to lose significant practice time due to the quarantine rule.
“We inevitably have to go through two weeks of hard quarantine when we arrive in Portugal, so we had to cancel the exposure tour. The Olympics are less than two months away and we can’t afford to lose practice,” said the 25-year-old. Jat told PTI-Bhasha.
“We are disappointed, but we cannot do anything because it is due to an epidemic,” he said from his training base at the Army Sports Institute in Pune.
Jat and Singh qualified for the Olympics in the men’s lightweight double sculls event after finishing second in the final race of the Asia / Oceania Continental qualifying regatta in Tokyo earlier this month.
Jat said that he would now have to participate in the Tokyo Olympics without much international experience.
“Some of the top rovers in the world come to that center in Portugal for training and we would certainly benefit. But now, we have to train here at the Army Rowing Node.”

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