Indian pistol ace Manu Bhaker said that she is “very hopeful” of The Olympics going to take place next year so she is keeping her game and her confidence until then, despite the fear of nipping the world of sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An ISSF World Cup and Commonwealth medalist, Bhaker was prepared for success at Tokyo Olympics this year but the COVID-19 pandemic led to its suspension of the Games while there are doubts of beginning the Games even in next year.
Yes, the Indian shooters were in great form heading into the Games, but health is a bigger concern,” Bhaker told PTI.
“I am very hopeful of the Olympics taking place next year and also confident of maintaining my game and hitting peak form there. This is a difficult time for the world but I have no negative thoughts and I am mentally prepared, ”
Bhaker had formerly got an electronic target machine installed at her Haryana’s Goria village home because the old one was resulting in her “immense irritation” of late.
I have recently got the machine installed at my home and this will be surely more beneficial in my training,” Bhaker said during an interview over phone from her home where the ridge was set by her father after she asserted some extraordinary skills in the exactitude sport.
She thanked the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) for delivering machine at her home during the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 crises.
“I was facing lost of issues with the old machine as it was manual. The thread would come off and often it would break down on and off. Now it’s very different from the new machine. Since I feel there is unlikely to be any outdoor activities and competitions for another three-four months, I thought it will be useful to get this installed at this point in time,” the 18-year-old Bhaker added.