Originating from the city of Wuhan in China, the novel Coronavirus has turned itself into a pandemic, causing the normal life around the world to come to a halt. The COVID-19 virus has spread to all countries, and has now impacted in India. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced a 21-day nationwide lock down, in an attempt to curb the further spread of the virus, as celebrities, sportspersons and citizens alike are self isolating in their own homes. Even in times away from the training grounds, Indian badminton ace Sai Praneeth has revealed his technique of staying fit amidst the lock down, and the guidance come straight from legendary badminton champion Pullela Gopichand!
Confined in their own homes, many sportspersons are doing self-training and physical activities to keep themselves fit, as world sports have come to a complete halt. Amidst the virus crisis, Sai Praneeth has found a marvellous way to keep his shuttling training going.
In a video interview session with Times of India, Praneeth spoke on how he is training in his own homes, by following the tips and advice from his coach and mentor.
“I have been doing my work out at home which Gopi sir has arranged online for all of us, which includes core, agility, strength, mobility etc, and I hope everyone is doing their own activities at home,” Praneeth said in the video session.
The 2016 South Asian Games gold medallist, who secured a bronze at the 2019 BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, also urged his fellow citizens to take the lock down seriously and to remain indoors, as the country battles the virus outbreak.
“As you all know that we are all locked down due to this dangerous Coronavirus. It’s important for us to stay at home and follow the government’s instructions to fight against COVID-19. It is also very important for us to stay fit and active during these tough times,” the former world no. 10 added.
The number of confirmed positive cases in India has surged to 1,965, and the death toll is at 50. As of now, the lock down will be in effect till April 14th.