Mastery of psychology helpful to marksman Anjum Moudgil in tough times

CHENNAI: shooter Anjum Moudgil was one of the first Indian athletes to secure a quota for Tokyo Olympic Games . A quota belongs to the country and Anjum will still have to perform at her peak to be picked in the Indian team for the Olympic Games . If not for the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent postponement of the Games, the 26-year-old from Chandigarh would have been in her final stages of preparations for the quadrennial event.

Anjum's experience in sports psychology, where he has a master's degree, is being used in these difficult times. Sports psychology has helped me deal with shooting demands and has also allowed me to understand myself better. During difficult times, it helps you stay calm and composed and see things from a broader perspective, Anjum told TOI. Anjum has been delivering the best performances in recent years. The year 2018 saw her win silver in the 3-position women's 50M rifle event at the ISSF World Cup in Mexico. She followed with silver in the same category in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year.

The current crisis has brought changes to Anjum's daily routine. With a long time on his hands, Anjum has rekindled his love for painting. I have plenty of time to do things that otherwise would not have been possible due to tournaments and training. I spend a lot of time painting and I have always enjoyed doing it. I am selling my hand painted diaries to raise money. for an NGO that supports villages (affected by COVID-19) in Punjab. I hope to raise more money in the coming days through my paintings, said the world no. 4 in 10M women's air rifle.

In the past few weeks, Anjum has completed an online anti-doping athlete course in Love . He has also completed the ‘In The Zone 'course in sports psychology and is currently taking a nutrition course. While paintings, online courses, and spending time with family take away some of his time, Anjum makes sure he doesn't lose his practice. I have a designated place at home where I place the target and shoot from a distance of 10 meters. In addition to this temporary arrangement, I make sure to exercise twice a day, said Anjum, who is part of the GoSports Foundation .

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