Star India shooter Manu Bhaker reckons health takes precedence over everything but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a little disappointed at the cancellation of almost all major sporting events including the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to be held in July-August this year. Also Read - Delhi Records Over COVID 5000 Fresh Cases For Second Consecutive Day, Death Toll Mounts to 6423
Bhaker says Indian shooters were at their peak and it would have been nice to compete at the Summer Games had the deadly coronavirus not upended the world. Also Read - Aarogya Setu App Issue: Centre to Take Action Against Officials Responsible For Info Lapses
“I was expecting some tournaments to be affected but suddenly everything has been impacted by the pandemic, everything is getting cancelled. I feel both positive and disappointed at the same time. We were at the peak of our performance recently and would have been nice to compete at the Olympics right now,” Bhaker told India Today. Also Read - Maharashtra Extends Lockdown Till Nov 30, Shutdown to Continue in Containment Zones
“But then, health is more important than anything. But when we practice with the team, there is always that competitive spirit, because we can see people doing better than us. So that”s lacking,” she added.
The 18-year-old pistol shooter is practising daily despite the challenges of training indoors. “I am trying to practice daily because I have a range inside the house itself and I try to take complete of the facility. But there are some issues some days. Like I have a manual machine and it breaks every other day. Also, there are a lot of monkeys here and because the range is open from the backside, they also hamper my practice,” she said.
The forced break doesn’t mean the shooting prodigy is going to slack off. She has her day planned out that includes studying early in the morning followed by at least four hours of training.
“I study between 6 am-8 am in the morning and then I get ready. I watch Ramayan from 9 am and also have my breakfast at that time. On an average I train for over 4 hours and in evening I do some physical exercises at the terrace. So, I try to do all the exercises for building strength. Also, I have my college classes online,” she said.