Aditi Ashok reveals how a change in travel plans fortunately worked out for her. The golfer, who is currently confined to the comforts of her home, could have been stuck in the United States had she continued her pursuit to reach Phoenix in time for the LPGA tour.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020 HIGHLIGHTS, Day 16 Updates: Neeraj Chopra's Historic Athletics Gold Headlines India's Best-Ever Medal Haul at Olympics
The lone Indian participating in the event, Aditi was fly on out March 13 which happens to be the same date President Donald Trump imposed a 30-day ban on foreigners coming from Europe. Having finished fourth at the Women’s NSW Open, Aditi tried to prepone her departure but couldn’t proceed through with it. Thankfully, in the hindsight, Aditi is glad to have dodged a bullet. Also Read - From Aditi Ashok, Lovlina Borgohain to India Women's Hockey Team: 5 Inspiring Performances From Indian Athletes at Tokyo Olympics 2020
“We were trying to pre-pone our ticket by a day so that we could get there (US) before the Friday midnight ban could come into effect. The interminable wait to get through to the airlines proved futile and we went ahead and booked a ticket via London. However, within a day the event got cancelled,” the 22-year-old Aditi told Times of India. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hard to be Happy With 4th Place at Games, Says Aditi Ashok
“I would be pretty much stuck in the US if I had left on Thursday and I don’t know if I would have been able to return. We would have gone there knowing the first three weeks were cancelled and subsequently the LPGA cancelled the next three tournaments as well. It could have just been a pain. And it would have been expensive living there for seven weeks.”
As for the time being, Aditi has converted her terrace into a gold course prop where she practices. It was almost a month ago that Aditi last played competitive golf, participating in the NSW Open where she hit a brilliant five-under 67 in the final round. With the entire country in a lockdown due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, this is the longest Aditi has gone without playing professional golf.
“It is definitely not easy not being able to do what you are passionate about. This has never happened, sitting at home all day and doing nothing. I think it is not so much the inactivity on the physical side, but more the inactivity of the mind that makes it difficult. It is not what I am used to. I have ordered a net and a mat online to hit balls on the terrace,” Aditi explained.