How Indian athletes are overcoming obstacles to prepare for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics – Leisure News

When the nationwide lockdown was introduced final yr, Deepika Kumari discovered herself stranded at her fiancé (now husband) Atanu Das’s dwelling in Kolkata. The two archers had certified for the Tokyo Olympics, however discovered their preparations had floor to an abrupt halt. For a number of days, they tried yoga and indoor workouts. Deepika stored busy capturing at a goal three metres away. She even tried operating on the rooftop, however stopped after struggling a again damage.

Down in Chennai, paddler G. Sathiyan determined to comply with a regime designed by power and conditioning coach Ramji Srinivasan. He used water bottles, chairs and faculty luggage to keep health ranges. Soon after, the lockdown was lifted and the athletes had been again to the grind. But going by the previous few months of coaching and competitors, it’s clear that these Olympics are doubtless to unfold underneath the most extraordinary circumstances.

After months of ready, when Amit Panghal lastly hit the ring, he was determined to compete in worldwide competitions. He received gold in France and one other at the Cologne World Cup, at the same time as different members of the boxing contingent examined Covid constructive again and again. “Mentally, boxing is so tough that I just take it as it comes. So, not a lot has changed for me. I have kept doing the same things in training, though we now strictly follow health and safety guidelines,” Panghal says.

Training and not using a accomplice affected shuttler B. Sai Praneeth’s preparation final yr. Things didn’t get any higher as soon as competitors resumed, with quite a few tournaments both cancelled or rescheduled. “It’s frustrating to get into tournament mode and a competitive mindset, only to find out it isn’t happening. But as athletes, we are privileged, others have been hit worse,” he says.

After taking part in the Yonex Thailand Open in January, he was scheduled to play the Toyota Thailand Open a number of days later. However, he had to withdraw and return dwelling after testing constructive. “It was unfortunate. I have put it behind me now and want to focus on the three tournaments coming up to be in a strong position to qualify,” Sai Praneeth says. The shuttler can also be engaged on his psychological readiness. With no probability of any Indian supporters in the stands, since no abroad spectators are allowed this yr, he thinks will probably be key.

The archery contingent has gone by way of the two rounds of vaccination, which comes as a reduction for Das. At camp in Pune, Deepika has slowly adjusted to coaching in a masks in the summer time warmth. They now have their eyes educated on the World Cup in Guatemala, the season’s first competitors. “It’s been a year since we competed. I’m in desperate need of tournaments and there just aren’t enough before the Olympics. It’s best to accept the situation and prepare,” says Deepika.

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Bajrang Punia: The first India wrestler to win three medals at the World Championships, Bajrang Punia returned to competitionwith a bang, bagging gold at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series in Rome. He is one in every of the high contenders in the 65 kgfreestyle class

Manu Bhaker: At the World Cup in March, shooter Manu Bhaker picked up a gold, silver and bronze every in the Olympic occasions, whereas choosing up 5 medals general. At 19, she may very well be India’s youngest medal winner at the Olympics

Sakhom Mirabai Chanu: Injuries have hampered SakhomMirabai Chanu’s progress, however after a rehabilitation and coaching stint in the US, she now hopes to make her mark at the Olympics. With North Korea’s withdrawal, Chanu is now the secondbest lifter in the 49 kg class

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