Covid-19 crisis: Pooja Dhanda eyeing strong comeback after injury layoffs 

Covid-19 disaster: Pooja Dhanda eyeing sturdy comeback after harm layoffs 

In 2018, when Pooja Dhanda turned the primary Indian lady wrestler to win a medal – bronze – on the World Championship, she was touted as the following Sakshi Malik of Indian wrestling.

Even the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official at the moment had mentioned that “Pooja can win medal in Tokyo Olympics.” However like Sakshi, she additionally did not capitalize on her kind.

Returning to the mat after an injury-stricken 2019, Pooja regarded off-colour within the restricted alternative she obtained within the preliminary two months of the Olympic 12 months.

Even within the season’s first nationwide trials, she misplaced to new lady Anshu Malik. However now, with Video games and the Olympic qualifiers pushed to an additional date as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian wrestler of 57kg weight class is raring to benefit from the time at hand.

“Little question, this (Olympic postponement) might be a possibility for me to make use of this time nicely and make a robust comeback to the nationwide squad. Accidents have hampered my progress in 2019, however now my rehab is completed and I’m in the very best form and freed from all accidents. I’m assured that I’ll make the Olympic lower,” Pooja informed Mail At the moment. “I’m extra focussed now and able to tackle anyone.”

The 26-year-old wrestler is at present at her house in Hisar due to nation-wide lockdown. She has been utilising the time to follow yoga and work on her psychological toughness.

“Effectively, I can say that this break is proving good for me. Earlier, I couldn’t follow yoga frequently as a consequence of two coaching classes per day. However now with extra time, I’ve made it an everyday factor in my routine. I meditate and do yoga day by day within the night. One session can go as much as two hours,” she mentioned.

“My physique isn’t very versatile. However now I really feel a bit of extra versatile than earlier than. It is usually serving to me enhance my agility and focus,” she added.

Pooja additional urged her fellow Indians to unite within the nation’s combat in opposition to the contagion. She appealed to comply with the advisories issued by the federal government and medical doctors. “I wish to urge comply with the federal government’s pointers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji has performed a great job (by calling lockdown). Social distancing is the one method we will defeat this virus. All people wants to remain protected and keep house,” she mentioned.

The Covid-19 pandemic has turn into far more extreme and has induced variety of deaths globally. In India, the numbers of instances are additionally growing.

She additionally thanked medical doctors, nurses and all of the important companies workers who’re placing their lives in danger in combating the outbreak. “On this tough scenario, the place Coronavirus is spreading everywhere in the world, I wish to thank all of the medical doctors, nurses, and all of the supporting workers. You’re the actual hero of our nation, working exhausting to save lots of our lives,” she concluded.

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