India’s ace shooter Abhinav Bindra emphasised on the fact that situation arising out of the Coronavirus outbreak has to be carefully and constantly monitored in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The novel Coronavirus has caused a sudden uncertainty and put a huge question mark over the future of the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital in July this year. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday unequivocally backed this summer Olympics in Tokyo, urging athletes to prepare ‘full steam’ despite the threat. Also Read - Over 61 Private Hospitals Will Reserve 20% Beds For COVID-19 Patients, Says Delhi Govt
The deadly virus has so far claimed over 3,000 lives and infected more than 94000 people across the world after being first detected in Wuhan, China. “It is a situation which has to be monitored, a decision can’t be taken today. It is a question of monitoring the whole situation very carefully and which is being done,” Bindra said on the sidelines of an event on Wednesday. Also Read - COVID-19: Cardiff Half Marathon Postponed Till March 2021
“The situation is being monitored. The Olympics Games are scheduled, July 24th is the opening ceremony, so there is still time.” Also Read - Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network 'TRAFFIC' Indicates Wild Animals in 'Additional Threat' as Poaching Doubles During COVID-19 Lockdown
“It is being monitored by the IOC, the WHO and they are the best people who would come to a final decision whether it is safe to go ahead with or not. But, obviously, the situation remains fluid,” India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist added.
The 37-year-old also expressed high hopes from the Indian contingent to surpass their best-ever show at the Olympics. India won six medals in the London Games in 2012. Bindra was particularly optimistic about a good haul by the Indian shooters as they go to Tokyo as favourites.
“On paper, we can definitely go past the six medals won in London. The athletes who have qualified for the Olympics, have won at the highest level. Our shooters will be favourites. They can win multiple medals. It will be interesting to see how potential translate into medals,” Bindra added.
The athlete was speaking after Daivam Wellness, India’s first functional medicine centre, tied up with the Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance (ABTP) with an aim to better the lives of both athletes and non-athletes.
The champion shooter is trying to ensure the best global practices in either prevention of injuries or treatment of injuries are accessible to the people at large.
“One of the big things what we do is actually what is missing in India, when I was training with… we actually, normally, treat for symptoms and don’t really go down to the root cause of the problem and that’s exactly what I was trying to change and that’s exactly what Daivam is doing.”
(With PTI Inputs)