With no national camp, training partners and local akhara getting shut, Divya Kakran’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics were seriously hampered by Coronavirus outbreak. But as always it was her family member who came to her rescue. The Asian Championships 68kg gold medallist is now training at her local akhara with her brother. She had to take special permission to train at the akhara since it was shut after the government’s new advisory to fight COVID-19.
“Since there has been no training partner, my brother decided to help me practice on the mat. He was my first sparring partner and we learnt wrestling together. So, it is good to train with him,” she told WrestlingTV.
Divya’s Olympic dreams are undeterred by the Coronavirus pandemic and she follows a strict training regime. But she also makes sure no to get casual hygienically which could risk her to get infected.
“I train twice a day. In the morning I do cardio. I go to the park nearby and do my running and train with the resistance band. In the evening it is mat training with my brother”.
“We take care of the hygiene too. Before taking to the mat, we clean it with Dettol and then wash our hands. After this only we are allowed to start practising,” she added.
But despite practising hard to achieve the ultimate goal – Olympic medal – she does realise the seriousness of the current situation.
“As kids all wrestlers including me dream of winning an Olympic medal. I practice hard for it and wish to realise it. But I cannot turn my eyes away from the Coronavirus problem. I do not know if the Olympics will be postponed or not but I think lives of people should be given priority first,” she said.
Divya along with other Indian wrestlers was sent back home after Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) decided to close its men and women SAI centres in Sonepat and Lucknow respectively. India’s foreign coaches like Andrew Cook, Woller Akos, and Temo Kezerashvili have also gone back home to be with their families until normalcy returns.