The athletes can go to any extent to achieve Olympic greatness. They train like hell for years for that one moment of glory at the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza i.e Olympic Games. India’s champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat is doing the same. She is training in the conditions where normal human beings can’t even walk or breathe properly.
Vinesh is in Bulgaria currently for a 15 day extremely demanding physical conditions. The Iron lady from India is training at the Belmeken High Mountain Sports Complex located 2,050 metres above sea level between Rhodope Mountain and Rila Mountain in sub-zero temperatures which sometimes go down to -6 to -8 degrees.
Leave aside physical training in these conditions, it is even difficult to stay put in such a place. The aim is just to be in the best physical shape for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a telephonic interview to WrestlingTV, Vinesh said, ‘Conditions here in Bulgaria are very tough but at the same time quite an experience for me. I have been following coach’s instructions and we do routine physical exercises especially mountain hiking is really tough here. I am also doing hill running and in evenings spending time in gym”.
Vinesh Phogat missed Olympic glory in Rio Olympics due to an injury, it is clear that this time she is not ready to take any chances. Keeping the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind, she wants to keep herself in the best of physical shape.
“Akos planned this trip for me. The whole idea is to develop my core strength. I am putting my best foot forward. Hopefully it will show results”
Vinesh when asked, what it is like to train in sub-zero temperatures, the champion was quick to remark “Very tough”. Vinesh further added, “I want to strengthen my core and lower body for a tough competition like Olympics. Tougher the conditions I train and prepare myself, better it will be for me @ Tokyo 2020”.
Vinesh became the only Indian women @ Nur-Sultan world championships in September to book Tokyo 2020 quota place and that is the reason she has planned her entire schedule before the Olympics test. Before leaving for Bulgaria, Vinesh told WrestlingTV about her competition plan.
“After the nationals, my main competitions start in January. Yasar Dogu, Ranking tournament in Rome are scheduled for January, In February I will be playing Asian Championships. These tournaments will prepare me for the toughest challenge i.e Tokyo 2020”
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