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COVID-19: Online training to the rescue of athletes during lockdown

Mahima Katariya

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New Delhi: As the coronavirus pandemic plays havoc with all sporting events and training of players, sports federations and coaches have been forced to find different methods to train them. The sports authorities improvised ways by which athletes are being kept fit during the lockdown.

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) started providing online classes to Indian boxers who have qualified for Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed till July 23, 2021. The classes will be provided by their coaches.

BFI’s motive is to ensure that all the Olympic-bound boxers are fit and are undergoing training as directed by  coaches to maintain their weight. The online classes will be conducted on a daily basis through video conferencing.

“Coaches are helping us through online classes. They have given us a training programme which we are following,” boxer Simranjit Kaur told to Sports Lounge.

“We are following that training schedule with equipments which are available at home such as punching bag, rope etc. We are also doing weight strength training and physical fitness at home.

These classes aim to maintain out fitness so once we join the national camp we can start our main training programme. Work at home is not easy but is also not impossible,” she added.

Sports Authority of India has also launched a series of live online workshops. Sports minister Kiren Rijiju and SAI have shared the details of these live session from their respective twitter accounts.

In these sessions, experts and coaches shares their views and different techniques which can help the athletes to keep them healthy and maintain their fitness.

The first session was taken by sports science expert and physiotherapist Nikhil Latey. He shared his views on the topic ‘Training in times of coronavirus’, later nutritionists Ryan Fernando had a detailed session on ‘Nutritional requirements of athletes during corona’.

Another session was overseen by Indian hockey team’s director David John. He conducted a workshop on ‘Basics of exercise physiology’ and Indian badminton chief national coach Pullela Gopichand spoke on ‘Sports and physical literacy’.

These live sessions are being streamed on the Sports Authority of India’s Facebook page.

Apart from the online training sessions provided by the authorities, sportspersons are also trying to maintain their health and fitness. Indian National Team Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan shared a video of home workouts and urged people to stay home and stay active.

On the other hand, Jamshedpur FC footballer Farukh Chaudhary also posted a video from his tweeter account where he was seen doing workout.

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