Asian Games gold medallists Dattu Baban Bhokanal and Sawarn Singh were on Wednesday included - with 10 others - for a four-month national camp for the men’s rowing team that begins in Pune from October 1. The camp will be held in strict compliance with all the necessary COVID-19 guidelines.

“This decision to commence the camp has been taken to ensure that athletes who can still qualify for the Olympics, can begin training,” the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said in a statement.

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“The athletes, coaches and support staff joining Army Rowing Node, Pune, will be given SAI’s mandatory COVID test upon arrival at the camp and resume training after a 14-day quarantine. The COVID-19 guidelines of the Government of India, State government and the SAI SOP will be adhered to strictly.”

The SAI named seven singles sculls rowers, including Sawarn Singh, Sukhmeet Singh, Bittu Singh, Jakar Singh, Roopendra Singh, Parminder Singh and Dattu Baban Bhokanal for the camp. Five lightweight men’s doubles sculls rowers named for the camp are: Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh, Arvind Singh, Arjun Lal Jat and Sunil Attri.