Teen prodigy Manu Bhaker is waiting and biding her time as uncertainty looms over the fate of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Bhaker, one of India’s brightest medal hopes, remains a prime contender to put up a medal finish following a stunning couple of years, but with doubts prevailing over the existing COVID-19 pandemic has brought Bhaker’s plans to a standstill as all trials and events leading to the Games in Tokyo have been suspended or postponed. Also Read - Sebastian Coe Says Postponing Olympics Saves Athletes From Mental Turmoil
“Trials, events should be postponed in current situation as there are other very important things for the world to deal with. Camp situation was fine as only few shooters were there, there was no large gathering and it was for three days,” Bhaker told PTI. Also Read - IOA Assures Full Support as India Battle COVID-19 Pandemic, Stresses on Need of Self-Isolation
Since winning the Asian Junior Championships in 2017, Manu Bhaker has been on the path to greatness. Bhaker is already a Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and secured a berth at the Tokyo Olympics through a good performance in the shooting World Cup in Munich earlier this year. Also Read - Naomi Osaka Supports 'Brave Decision' to Postpone Tokyo Olympics 2020
In November, Bhaker scripted history at 2019 ISSF World Cup by winning India’s first gold medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol, during which she broke the junior world record with her total of 244.7 and became only the second Indian shooter after Heena Sidhu to win a gold medal Women’s 10m Air Pistol category. She won two more gold medals at the Asian Shooting Championships, and taking part in the 25m air pistol event.
“I am relaxed at home. The current situation doesn’t affect my preparation and mindset. I am continuing with my yoga sessions, meditation and things that help me stay calm and composed,” Bhaker added.
“The Olympics, whenever it happens, is huge, so we need to be prepared. I am preparing for the Olympic as planned. Shooting is very competitive now, especially 2019 and after, and it is evident from the scores.”