Maintaining fitness will be the biggest challenge for athletes: Viren Rasquinha

CHENNAI: ex Indian hockey team captain Viren Rasquinha On Tuesday he said maintaining fitness levels would be the biggest challenge for athletes when they return to training after the coronavirus-forced crash ends.

Regaining fitness level would be the biggest challenge for athletes when they return to training after the lockout ends. The long rest could have an impact on muscle memory, which, for example, could lead to wrong passes, the former Olympian said. said.

Rasquinha also emphasized the importance of sports psychologists for athletes in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics , which has been postponed to next year.

This long break from regular high-intensity training would discourage athletes from their strength and mental condition. Some of them would need sports psychologists to get them back, he said in a webinar presented by Sri Shakthi International School and Goalquiz. .

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Athletes need to find a relationship with their psychologists at different times, and naming a foreign psychologist would never be more than a one-time meeting, he added.

Rasquinha, who is the CEO of Olympic Gold Quest , spoke about the Indian hockey team and said they struggled to perform in crucial matches. He also hoped India should target to reach the hockey semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics .

He said that finding events to compete and sponsors for athletes would be difficult after the closing, as companies and other investors would seek to consolidate to deal with losses due to the closure of their businesses.

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