Updated: May 17, 2020 11:52:14 pm
Cricket legend Rahul Dravid reckons there may be “a sense of doubt, hesitancy and fear” initially within the minds of athletes in addition to folks basically when sport resumes within the submit COVID-19 pandemic world.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has led to both cancellation or postponement of all sporting actions worldwide, together with the Tokyo Olympics.
“For a short period there may be a sense of doubt or fear about certain things, I am sure there will be a certain hesitancy when we get back in, also there will be certain hesitancy in terms of people,” Dravid stated on Sunday.
One of the sport’s most technically sound batsmen, Dravid added, “Personally, I don’t see that (break in sporting events due to pandemic) as a huge problem. I don’t think that once elite sportspersons get on the field, get to do what they really love, they will have a problem.”
“One of the challenges for a lot of sportspersons will be to trust their bodies after two or three months of not playing sports or movements that are associated with sports.”
He was talking alongside Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra and badminton legend Prakash Padukone in the course of the present ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve – The Power of Trust’ on Facebook Live.
Dravid stated sportspersons ought to be given sufficient time to regain peak health earlier than they’re requested to compete in prime occasions.
“(Regaining) match health, recreation health, I believe that may take just a little bit of time earlier than folks can confidently belief themselves and go all out.
“… and that needs to be factored in, to give athletes enough time to be able to regain match fitness.”
The sudden break in competitions may assist prolong the careers of a couple of sportspersons, in accordance with Dravid.
“I have been telling a lot of the cricketers to see it as an opportunity to rest the body, rest the mind, you will never get that opportunity, never get that chance,” he stated.
“Think about it, if you use this two months well, three months well, you could elongate your career by two or three years at the back end which you might not have if you didn’t have this kind of break.”
He stated the gamers won’t neglect their expertise by the point sporting actions resume.
“Will folks lose out on expertise as a result of of lack of sports activities? I don’t suppose so, I can say this about cricket.
“Cricket has mainly been a seasonal sport in the past. You are going to be rusty but I don’t think you will forget your game. It shouldn’t take you too long to get back if you have utilised the time well.”
In collaboration, the cricket legend and the badminton nice run Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence which goals to develop Indian athletes into world class performers.
Dravid stated sportspersons will rapidly get their mojo again as they’re used to dealing with difficult conditions throughout their careers.
“I guess it sort of surprises you, but I think in a sporting career, you knid of get used to facing situations that surprise you or don’t go your way, lot of disappointments,” the batting legend stated.
“So you type of are likely to, in a sense have a capability to try to make the most effective of what you’ve got and try to make the most effective of what you’ve.
“But outside of sport, in what I am doing now, fighting ways to make the best of the situation like this, it has obviously not been easy.”
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