Staying in shape, concentrating until next year's Olympics is a challenge, but I'm prepared: Ace of the Gun Abhishek Verma

NEW DELHI: Ace Gun Shooter Abhishek Verma says keep focus and shape until Tokyo Olympics , postponed to next year due to COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a great challenge, but one that is prepared to take on.

The continuum across the country emergency shutdown , forced to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus , has stopped the training schedules of all athletes.

And the subsequent postponement of the Quadrennial Games may threaten to disturb his focus a bit.

Reaching the peak and then maintaining it, maintaining my focus and concentration will be a challenge. Although it gives us more time, but a year is a long time, said Verma, a two-time World Cup gold medalist.

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Verma, 30, is confined to her home in Chandigarh right now, but her mind is on a paying guesthouse in Gurgaon, where her training tools, including SCATT They await her return from what was supposed to be a short two or three day trip to her parents' home.

SCATT is an advanced equipment, involving sensors, and used by top shooters to keep track of their progress while training both indoors and outdoors.

The emergency shutdown meant compromise with his training. He is happy to be home but for a shooter who prefers to practice through the year, Verma is finding spending time without his equipment "odd".

"I like to practice 365 days a year but right now I am able to do only dry practice. When I came home, the plan was to only stay for two-three days, but then the emergency shutdown was announced and I got stuck here.

But there is no other way at the moment given the situation. I can only hope that things will normalize and I can go back and start practicing again.

It will definitely be different now that the Olympics have been postponed. Maintaining focus and shape is not easy. So I will focus on keeping my form and focus until the Games, said the double World Cup gold medalist.

In the absence of his key equipment, Verma's training is limited to dry practice, simulation, exercises, yoga, and meditation.

Verma had secured an Olympic quota by winning the 10m air gun gold medal in the Beijing World Cup in April last year, before winning another yellow metal in the same event at the Rio World Cup in August-September.