Indian sprinter Dutee Chand restarted her training after two months halt due to the nationwide lockdown at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday.
“I am thankful that tracks have been opened, we were sitting in our homes because of the lockdown. It has taken its toll on my fitness, I have to work on it now and I have to work towards improving my fitness. There is no one here with me. I don’t have my coach here, the government has opened the track after a long time so I am thankful, ” Chand told ANI.
“The guidelines issued by SAI has been given for players, coaches and the staff. Following social distancing is very important as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus. There is no high profile competition since December. We have been given the chance to train, we need to follow the government’s guidelines, ” she added.
As per the guidelines of the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), resumed all sporting activities in the nation.
Dutee also said that she needs to work on her fitness as it takes two-three months to get back to her best.
“I am having a lot of problems in running right now. I will take at least two months to come back to my best, right now I have to work on my body. I will need two-three months to work on my speed, I am trying my best to train to the best of my ability, ” Chand said.
The new qualification period deadline of the Tokyo Olympics is June 29,2021, as Chand has 13 months to give her best and the adapted final sport entries deadline is July 5 2021.
“Preparations for the Olympics were going on, coronavirus disrupted my training plans, now the Olympics have been postponed to next year. I will try my best to qualify for the Olympics, ” the sprinter said.
“I would like to urge everyone to stay safe, I would like to tell every spokesperson to train to the best of our ability,” she surmised.