Cricket legend Rahul Dravid reckons there might be “a way of doubt, hesitancy and concern” initially within the minds of athletes in addition to individuals normally when sport resumes within the post-COVID-19 pandemic world.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has led to both cancellation or postponement of all sporting actions worldwide, together with the Tokyo Olympics.
“For a brief interval there could also be a way of doubt or concern about sure issues, I’m positive there can be a sure hesitancy once we get again in, additionally there can be sure hesitancy by way of individuals,” Dravid stated on Sunday.
One of many sport’s most technically sound batsmen, Dravid added, “Personally, I do not see that (break in sporting occasions because of pandemic) as an enormous drawback. I do not assume that when elite sportspersons get on the sector, get to do what they actually love, they may have an issue.”
“One of many challenges for lots of sportspersons can be to belief their our bodies after two or three months of not taking part in sports activities or actions which might be related to sports activities.”
He was talking alongside Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra and badminton legend Prakash Padukone through the present ‘Staying Forward of the Curve – The Energy of Belief’ on Fb Stay.
Dravid stated sportspersons ought to be given sufficient time to regain peak health earlier than they’re requested to compete in prime occasions.
“(Regaining) match health, sport health, I believe that may take a little bit little bit of time earlier than individuals can confidently belief themselves and go all out.
“…and that must be factored in, to offer athletes sufficient time to have the ability to regain match health.”‘
The sudden break in competitions might assist lengthen the careers of some sportspersons, in accordance with Dravid.
“I’ve been telling plenty of the cricketers to see it as a chance to relaxation the physique, relaxation the thoughts, you’ll by no means get that chance, by no means get that probability,” he stated.
“Give it some thought, for those who use this two months effectively, three months effectively, you may elongate your profession by two or three years on the again finish which you won’t have if you did not have this sort of break.”
He stated the gamers is not going to neglect their abilities by the point sporting actions resume.
“Will individuals lose out on abilities due to lack of sports activities? I do not assume so, I can say this about cricket.
“Cricket has primarily been a seasonal sport previously. You’re going to be rusty however I do not assume you’ll neglect your sport. It should not take you too lengthy to get again you probably have utilised the time effectively.”
In collaboration, the cricket legend and the badminton nice run Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports activities Excellence which goals to develop Indian athletes into world class performers.
Dravid stated sportspersons will shortly get their mojo again as they’re used to going through difficult conditions throughout their careers.
“I assume it form of surprises you, however I believe in a sporting profession, you knid of get used to going through conditions that shock you or do not go your approach, lot of disappointments,” the batting legend stated.
“So that you sort of are inclined to, in a way have a capability to attempt to make the most effective of what you’ve got and attempt to make the most effective of what you’ve got.
“However exterior of sport, in what I’m doing now, preventing methods to make the most effective of the scenario like this, it has clearly not been straightforward.”