AFI Planning Committee asks athletes to take advantage of Olympic postponement

NEW DELHI: The Federation of Athletics of India (AFI) urged athletes on Monday to stay mentally strong amid the national shutdown and take advantage of the extra time they have to prepare for the postponement. Tokyo Olympics .

The Olympics, originally scheduled for July-August, were postponed to next year in the wake of the rapid COVID-19 pandemic.

The AFI Planning Committee relayed its message to athletes during an online meeting with national campers, coaches, and support staff.

Like most elite athletes, including those who throw javelin Neeraj Chopra quarter mile Hima das , shot thrower Tajinder Toor, race walker KT Irfan and Indian 4x400m men, men and women, members of the relay team are training inside their rooms at various national camps during the closure.

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The Planning Committee encouraged athletes to maintain their physical condition and strictly follow their diet charts.

AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla They told the athletes: We are very happy that all of you are fit and safe in the Patiala, Bengaluru and Ooty camps. With the 2020 Olympics postponed to 2021 and the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games scheduled for 2022, it will be a difficult challenge for all of you.

We must seize this opportunity for delay for our benefit and you must be mentally prepared for these challenges as of today. With the change of scenery and the large consecutive events planned for the next two years, we will have to adapt to the single phase of the competition period.

Sumariwalla said AFI is looking to resume sports activities starting in September.

We will try to resume our national competitions from September to October 2020 and next year from March to April 2021. With the postponement of the Olympic Games, we hope that now many young athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Games, while older adults need to focus on their existing fitness to take advantage of this opportunity.

At this stage we cannot say anything about any overseas exposure camp later in the year, but sure, we will plan international competition and training camps for 2021. We are monitoring the situation in the camps and when the situation allows, we will It will allow training outside after consultation with SAI, ”he said.

More than 50 athletes and around 30 coaching team members attended the online meeting along with AFI Planning Committee Chairman Lalit K Bhanot, National Head Coach Bahadur Singh , Deputy Head Coach Radhakrishnan Nair and AFI's high-performance director, Volker Hermann.