I'm out of shape with gyms closed, says British Dominick Cunningham
British gymnast Dominick Cunningham He says he's slowly out of shape without a place to train for next year's Olympics after gyms were closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The coronavirus outbreak left him training in a horse stable in Walsall, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist said it was 'impossible' for gymnasts to train outside a gym.
I'' m out of form. It is difficult to replicate gymnastics Outside of the gym, it's practically impossible, Cunningham told Reuters. My wrists and ankles are weakening.
Mentally it has impacted me in a way that I can see that I am not in shape and have never been in this 'worst shape'. My hands are softening, my muscles are starting to depreciate, getting a little fatter.
The Olympic Games, originally scheduled to begin in July this year in Tokyo, were postponed until July 23 to August. 8, 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic And Cunningham said he hopes they will move forward next year.
I want it to happen. From a young age, from the age of five, I have wanted to go to the Olympics, said the 24-year-old. I am getting old. I have worked very hard for it.
This is just a small obstacle along the way ... But there is a bigger picture. I think the world is under attack.
Once everything is back to normal, I want the Olympics to be a massive celebration for everyone and that will bring everyone together ... The Olympics have to happen.
British gymnastics It has come a long way in recent years, with Team GB gymnasts finishing seven medals at the Rio 2016 Games, their most successful Olympics in history, and Cunningham attributes their success as a motivating factor.
In the past, we've had people get medals and that's where it all comes from, he said.
If we didn't have those people who have laid the foundation for me to sit now, and to continue, they wouldn't have given me the motivation.