"This year was like Golden year for me because I had a chance in Olympic qualifications", said National Champion Sutirtha Mukherjee.
If you talk about me, then I feel bad at the moment because this situation which is going on right now I am very sad because of this. This year I had a chance of Olympic qualification and there were other major tournaments but could not be done due to this situation amid covid-19. I was very much sure about this Olympic qualification and it's really a golden chance for me as I become National champion last year ay Hyderabad, So it's a big opportunity for me to play Olympics but the ongoing situation at this time is very difficult.
The whole world has stopped at this time due to coronavirus so all this thinking is of no use. Right now we are preparing that when the tournament starts again, we will be able to train even better and that's why we are preparing at home.
I was practicing at Soumyadeep Roy and Poulomi Ghatak Academy but it is all stopped at the moment, but they are in touch with me, they provide me online fitness classes and also my mental and physiology classes are going on due to which I am very busy right now.
I will tell everyone right now that stay at home, stay safe don't go out unnecessarily, the sooner it gets fixed the better it will be for us, everyone will be able to go out and be able to go to the office again.
"Sportspersons are tough mentally, we should lead and motivate", said Commonwealth Games medalist Madhurika Patkar.
It's been two and a half months I haven't practised. I stay in Mulund with my Husband and I practice in Thane with my coach and in Mulund, Gymkhana with Omkar. Both Mumbai and Thane fall in Red Zone so I have still not resumed my practice in spite of Our Honourable Sports Minister given the permission and SOP ‘s. I have gone to the police stations for their permission but in vain.
Staying mentally strong and being positive is what I am doing during these period and I am doing everything needed for the game (off the table ) like physical training, mental training, shadow practices and video analysis. But now I feel that the Sports persons should be allowed to practice at their respective places because travelling is also risky. The players from other parts of the world have already started practicing.
Events will not happen soon unless everything settles down. TTFI has published the SOP s /guidelines for conducting training and tournaments in the future.
I am training with my strength and conditioning coach Prachi Bhosale on video call. She is taking care of my physical fitness. I also have my yoga teacher who takes my yogasana . I do shadows with my coach on a video call.
Staying fit is not only on a physical level but also on a mental level. It is the overall fitness that matters.
It's very important to understand that all are facing the pandemic so it won't affect only players but everyone, it's time that we support each other in such times and not think of tournaments till India is ready to handle the situation, we can always shift the season by couple of months once we get to normalcy
It's going to be challenging and we need to give our best, as sports persons are tough mentally we should lead and motivate.
"I think positivity is vital in this situation time amid Covid-19", said Padma Shri awardee Sharath Kamal.
During the lockdown, I think it's really hard for us to practice and have a fitness session but fortunately, I have my Zoom sessions going on with my fitness trainer Ramji Srinivasan every morning and evening, two times a day.
Recently for the last 10-15 days, I have been able to go to my Mom's house and practice with my father or my younger brother. So I have been able to practice a little bit.
But I think at this point of time you know when things are so uncertain and we don't know what's going to happen and when the tournaments are going to happen, also when we will be back on training sessions. I think will have to try staying positive and keep looking ahead to have positive thinking in our head. I think it's really important to stay positive at this time.
"We have to understand that we can't control everything happening around", said Arjuna awardee Anthony Amalraj.
These are difficult times for everyone and I am not an exception. Of course, there is a lot of uncertainty around the world in global sport, but all I can do is use this time to work hard and improve on my skills. I am trying to maintain a positive frame of mind because eventually, we must understand that we cannot control everything happening around us.
Fitness-core, leg strength, speed workouts, back strength. On the table focusing on technical parts where all I need to improve also doing yoga and meditation as well.
Soumyadeep Roy (India Coach)
"There is not much in our hand to change the situation", said Arjuna awardee and current India team Coach Soumyadeep Roy
I think the situation is quite similar everywhere in the world right now. We in India are in our fourth phase of lockdown. Till now, of course, there was not much scope of training, other than some robot training and fitness. From the coming week, we can start our training by following the rules.
There is not much in our hand to change the situation. We have to do our part by following the govt. directions. We have to be very careful and have to wait for some medicine or vaccine to come out.
Of course, training is affected. But nothing much to worry as the training is affected for everyone. Nobody in the world is able to train properly. We just have to be positive in this situation and stay mentally strong.