Anirban Lahiri had plans to take part in the India Open having arrived in the country from Florida earlier to train a bit before the coronavirus pandemic forced the sporting events across the world to either be postponed or cancelled. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591
With the flights being cancelled and countrywide lockdown enforced as part of measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus, Lahiri has found time to reconnect with his parents in Hyderabad. Also Read - 'Govt Penalising Doctors', Delhi Medical Association Hits Out at CM Kejriwal For Warning Hospitals Over COVID-19 Crisis
“I haven’t spent so much time with my parents since I was 17 years old,” Lahiri was quoted as saying by PTI. “It’s given me more perspective outside of golf. In fact, I don’t have my golf clubs with me now. It’s nice to hit the pause button and reflect on things which we wouldn’t normally do.” Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Lahiri, 32, is training at home, doing yoga.
“…It’s nice to see my body responding to it. I’ve not been disciplined with yoga over the last few years as golf has basically taken up all my time. I’m lucky I’m still flexible and I’ll be turning 33 in a few months’ time. If I devote the right amount of time and attention to it, I can see my body responding well and it helps with focus and balance,” he said.
“I’m pushing myself a bit more, which is a good challenge. It’s nice reconnecting with my body,” he added.
Last weekend, Lahiri, a former Asian Tour No. 1, pledged to donate Rs 7 lakh towards the Prime Minister’s CARES Fund as the nation battles coronavirus pandemic.
He continued, “We have food and shelter and our family is secure. Whatever we can do to make it easier for others, help these people and the government, let’s do it as very few entities are operational now. A lot of sports organisations and other Indian athletes are supporting this which is good to show solidarity.”