At a time when athletes are confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sports Authority of India has launched a series of live online workshops with experts in sports science and sports management to involve athletes and help them improve their knowledge.
The workshop was started by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on his Twitter account, where he invited everyone to join in the interesting sessions. The workshops are live from 11am daily, across all of SAI’s social media platforms.
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The first session of the Series 24 workshop began on Friday with acclaimed physiotherapist Dr Nikhil Latey talking about how to work out at home during the time of the coronavirus which has received over eight thousand views. This was followed by a session on Athletes’ Nutritional Needs During Coronavirus by Ryan Fernando, which garnered over 15,000 views from athletes, coaches and fitness enthusiasts.
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Other speakers include national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, former Indian hockey captain Viren Rasquinha and senior sports journalist Sharda Ugra, among others. The sessions are attended by athletes and para-athletes from all sports, including probable Olympic shooters Divyash Panwar, Apurvi Chandela, Abhishek Verma, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, Anish Bhanwala, Nikhat Zarin, swimmer Srihari Nataraj, among others. .
Olympian Pooja Dhanda said: “The sessions are very informative. It has helped me to think differently about training at home and to focus on the key areas. I also look forward to the other sessions.”
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Welcoming the initiative and affirming the importance of being in good physical and mental shape while being at home, Pullela Gopichand said: âThis is a wonderful initiative taken by SAI. In these difficult times with the Coronavirus, it is important to stay physically and mentally active and to find ways to better use our time. These online sessions will certainly help you achieve this. Sport is not just about being competitive, the challenges will be met and that is how we face them to the best of our ability and keep moving forward. “
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