With the sporting world coming to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, India athletes are keeping themselves busy by working on their fitness. Also Read - World Athletics Suspends Qualification For Tokyo Olympics Until Start of December
Doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa admits that the health crisis has forced everything off track. “The COVID-19 has definitely thrown everything off track. The first focus would be to stay healthy and be safe during this period. As we’ve travelled so much, I am not going out and mostly sticking to staying at home,” Ponappa said in a statement. Also Read - Olympics Postponement Blessing in Disguise: India Dragflicker Gurjit Singh
Ponnappa, a two-time CWG gold medallist, is aiming to maintain her fitness as much as possible before things return to normality. “In this day and age doing fitness at home to stay fit is possible. So definitely going to be doing exercises using loop bands and therabands and racket drills at home to stay fit and work on some finger power until we can get back on court,” she said. Also Read - Will Keep Fighting And Won't Give up Until I Win Gold For India at Olympics: Mary Kom
2020 is the Olympic year and despite the threat looming over it due to the virus, India men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh isn’t taking any chances.
“We’re all very much aware of the current situation, but the important thing for us is to concentrate on what’s to be done right. We’ve all been briefed by doctors and our support staff in the best way possible, and currently we’re in the middle of our training camp, where we are undergoing training as usual,” the 27-year-old said.
He added, “Being an important phase in our preparations for the Olympics, we are not looking at the things which are not in our control, the only thing that is in our control is to train well, and make sure we’re following all the instructions.