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Indian swimmers worry about continued pool use restrictions

Indian swimmers say continuing to restrict pool use will not only affect performance. Their in the next few years but also affect their mental health.

Swimmers in the country have not entered the swimming pools since 25 March, when the first wave of Covid was announced.

The latest guidance on phase three of the relaxation of restrictions on the use of swimming pools until August 31.

Srihari Nataraj, who achieved a “B” score last year in the 100m backstroke swim. With a national record of 54.69 seconds, the break has pushed swimmers’ careers almost a year. Its impact will be felt during the Tokyo Olympics and the next sports festival.

“If we are trained, it will all make significant progress. Now it will take at least 3-4 months to achieve the same level of progress.

The 19-year-old swimmer needs to reduce his time to 53.85 to secure a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Things that can be achieved in March, will be achieved in December if practicing again now. We are wasting a lot of time in our careers. It will affect performance at the Tokyo Olympics, 2022 Asian Games, Nataraj added.

Kushagra Rawat, who achieved a B-grade in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle. The lack of exercise opportunities also affects the morale of the Indian swimmers.

“The pools have opened around the world, so we always remember improving our time while we haven’t even been to the pool for four months,” said Rawat.

It’s a record where even if you miss a day or two, it will affect your performance.

The Indian Swimming Federation (SFI) has asked Olympic athletes for permission to continue training since May, but to no avail.

Dronacharya’s award-winning coach Nihar Ameen also expressed frustration at the government’s decision to close elite swimmers’ pools.

Swimming is one of the safest sports and if all other sports including contact sports and exercise are open, don’t swim.

Nataraj, Virdhawal Khade, Sajan Prakash, Rawat, Aryan Makhija and Advait Page are after swimmers who have achieved B-level in their respective events for the Olympics and are moving towards Standard A.

Among them, Prakash and Makhija were fortunate to continue training. While Parakash, who had spent the entire course at a practitioner in Phket, started training when the swimming pools opened in Thailand, Makhija flew to Alabama, USA, where he studied at Auburn University, in  mid-July.

However, Nataraj, Rawat and Khade do not plan to go out to practice.

“The only option for me is the federation is planning. Others are out and out enrolled at the university. I don’t have that choice, ” said Nataraj.


Usain Bolt’s record is broken by the Indian buffalo racer

India’s buffalo racer Srinivas Gowda suddenly rose to prominence after setting a record in a traditional race compared and surpassing sprint legend Usain Bolt, who was dubbed the “The man who is the fastest person in the world”.

Usain Bolt’s record is broken by the Indian buffalo racer. Srinivas Gowda and his buffalo ran 142.5 meters in a time of 13.62 seconds, setting a record in the annual race called Kambala in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka.

With this time, the Indian buffalo rider’s performance is counted as running 100m in 9.55 seconds, surpassing Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds (who recently retired).

Srinivas Gowda’s record has resonated on international social media for his impressive record of having to compete in conditions arguably more difficult than the Jamaican athletics legend. So, immediately after the news, the Indian Sports Department immediately invited the buffalo racer to try a track and field race in Bangalore.

However, Srinivas Gowda politely declined: “I will not be taking part in the Indian Sports Authority track and field competitions. I want to achieve more in Kambala. Kambala and athletic events are different when People who did well in one competition hardly do the same thing in other competitions Many people who did well at athletic events tried Kambala and didn’t work. In Kambala, we ran with heels, while athletes often run on toes”.

Kambala is an annual race where riders will cross a distance of about 142 meters through water-level trenches like in the field, holding a rope attached to two buffaloes running in front of them. Many noted that partial runners were dragged along by buffalo.

“Never in my dream did I think I that would be so famous. Praise and record should go to my buffalo. I can only achieve this because they cooperate with me”, said Gowda.

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The 4 Most Famous Sports Stars In India

In a country obsessed with a single sport, cricket, the achievements of other game players are often overlooked.

But in addition to world-class scammers, India has produced some of the best sports and women of all sports, from hockey to tennis and wrestling. These individuals deserve credit, not only to win trophies and medals for the country but also to popularize sports, repeatedly cornered by cricket. Here are the most famous Indian athletes and women you should know.

Dhyan Chand

There was once when India dominated international hockey circuits and Dhyan Chand was the center of all these victories. He helped India win three Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Nicknamed the “Wizard” for his exceptional goal-scoring skills, Dhyan Chand is still considered the best athlete ever played.

Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh, also known as ‘Flying Sikh’, is India’s most famous sprinter and one of the country’s first sporting icons. He won the top prize in the 400-meter competition in 1958. Singh was separated from his family and orphaned in the Indian and Pakistan partitions in 1947. During his time, he had but few resources to support him. assisting himself as an athlete, which makes Singh’s achievement even more admirable. He is said to have become disillusioned with life and considered to be a dacoit but joined the Indian army instead and brought glory to the country.

Mithali Raj

In a country where women’s cricket has very few players, Raj has shown a consistent commitment to the game despite all the odds. She is the highest female goalscorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to have more than 6,000 runs in an international day. Raj led the Indian team to the finals at this year’s Women’s Cricket World Cup in England. Although they lost in the host country, Raj and the group’s performance made the country stand up and take notice.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand, or Vishy, ​​as he is known as, is not only India’s greatest chess player but he is also considered one of the best in the world. He became the first chess grandmaster of India when he was only 20 years old. In an intense battle, the five-time world champion lost his crown to Norwegian chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen, in 2013. Anand was the first recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, sports honor highest in India.


Indian athletics dreaming of Olympic medals (Part 2)

Whether Chopra can rewrite history or not, the best achievement of the season was 86.47m at the last Commonwealth Games. Chopra’s victory will be the driving force for young campaigners in India and help them believe that “Yes we can”.

“We have athletics medals in all competitions, at the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, the world championships,” Chopra said. “Therefore, India’s main goal is to win the Olympic medal. I cannot imagine what that would mean for Indian athletics. People still tell me that whoever wins the Olympic medal will probably become the god of athletics. ”

The truth is so because although Singh and Usha are only 4th in the Olympics, the Indians know them. If the 4th place at the Olympics were to be the same, a medal would be of great significance for Indian athletics.

With Chopra, he comes from the northern state of Haryana, which is famous for producing excellent Indian kabaddi wrestlers and athletes. Therefore, it is difficult to understand that he again held javelin instead of becoming a wrestler or playing kabbadi.

At least javelin throwing is a great hope for Chopra, though he will have to compete with many opponents in Tokyo in 2020. For the time being, he will attend the Doha Diamond League athletics tournament and a few other tournaments first. when the Asian Games take place later this year.

 “Focus and practice are the most important. I have to give up everything and just focus on practicing, ”Chopra said. “To achieve something great, I need many other factors. I have to achieve more than 90m in tournaments. ”

One of the obstacles for Chopra is that he has not had the opportunity to practice abroad, particularly Europe. The climate here can help him achieve better, instead of overheating like in India. In general, to achieve the goals that India has pursued for a long time, Chopra will have to overcome many difficulties from the yard, diet, training equipment. Even at the beginning of his career, he didn’t even have a coach or the opportunity to rub himself. ”


Indian athletics dreaming of Olympic medals (Part 1)

As the 2nd most populous country in the world but India has not won a athletics medal at the Olympics. Therefore, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is hoping he can change this.

Chopra knows just how valuable an Olympic athletics medal is for Indian athletes, but the gold medal he recently won at the Commonwealth Games has helped him get More confidence before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In fact, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also recognized India had a silver medal at the Norman Pritchard hurdles in 1900, just before it gained independence from Britain. So far, the second most populous nation in the world seems to have not had an Olympic medal in athletics.

Hope for India now rests on Chopra, the 20-year-old athlete who just won a gold medal at the javelin throwing at the Commonwealth Games held in Carrara, Australia. It should be added that the former world champion in the youth tournament is only the third person to win a gold and athletics medal for India at the Commonwealth Games, after sprinting athlete Milkha Singh in 1958 and the Discus thrower Vikas Gowda 2014.

“It was my first Commonwealth Games and I started thinking about how hard I practiced to get that moment,” Chopra said. “The greatest joy for me is that I went down in history when I won India’s first gold medal at the javelin.”

In fact, Olympic success has always eluded Indian athletics and they have only the two most famous stars who have had the opportunity to stand on the medal stand including Milkha Singh and P.T. Usha.

Singh did not win the 400m bronze medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 after a picture at the finish line showed him fourth, while Usha also fell into despair 24 years later when she came fourth. a picture of the finish line at a 400m hurdle at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.


The reason for the success of African athletics (Part 2)

Clearly, the factors that make up the top athletes are much more complicated than that, not just by a dominant gene in the body. Most recently, a team of geneticists at the University of Glasgow, Scotland proposed that the genomes of the most successful athletes were combined, influenced by different genetic traits.

While waiting for the final results of the gene’s impact, another reason is given to explain that athletes from Africa often have to walk or run long distances from an early age. Stories of athletes from Ethiopia, Jamaica or Kenya walking to school about 5 to 20km have become familiar.

However, scientists in Northern Europe have demonstrated that early training does not give too many advantages to African athletes. The report shows that the Nordic athletes with VO2max (the maximum amount of oxygen that the body can load and consume in a minute) is not inferior to their African colleagues. In other words, the fitness level of African athletes is not different.

So where is the difference? Scientists believe that altitude is part of the answer. Many famous athletes of Kenya and Ethiopia were born and raised in an area of ​​2,000-2,500 m above sea level. This helps them improve the amount of hemoglobin (a protein in the blood that helps transport oxygen throughout the body) and haematocrit (the volume of red blood cells), leading to better working capacity of the muscles.

Not only that, East African athletes also have the ability to train with high intensity at this height. Iten and Addis Ababa – the two main training centers of Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes – are located at an altitude of about 2,400m above sea level.

It is the training in such strenuous conditions that helps African athletes adapt to running fast and durable without releasing much lactic acid which causes fatigue, contributing to significantly improving running performance.

There will be more research done but until now, it can be seen that the two good factors that make an important contribution to the success of African athletes come from special mechanics as well as forging ability and being trained in difficult conditions.


The reasons for the success of African athletics (Part 1)

More than 2,000 athletes from 201 countries compete for Olympic athletics medals, but on the run, the race is almost exclusively from athletes from Africa.

In recent Olympics, the content of running long and medium distance is always the gold mine of the athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia or originating from Africa. Defending champion 10,000 meters Mo Farah is an English national, but was born and lived as a child in Somalia.

Why are African athletes in general, especially the East African region, particularly outstanding at the marathons? Many people think that Africans possess a special trait in the genome.

This is a logical hypothesis if you look at the number of Olympic medals that African athletes have won over time, especially when they do not have the best facilities for training.

African athletes dominate ASIAD 17

As of the first three days of ASIAD athletics 17, 20 medal sets have been awarded. And out of these 20 events, up to 7 gold medals belong to African players.

Most of them are naturalized athletes from Africa of Middle Eastern countries like Qatar, Bahrain, UAE. Some of these athletes are even very famous in the international arena before moving to compete for the Asian countries mentioned above.

Before the absolute domination of the countries of the Middle East thanks to naturalization of African athletes, many people have criticized this. Korean athlete Kim Yong Gu said: “Korea would have won more if these African players had not played in ASIAD.”

Over the past 15 years, countless studies by scientists have been carried out to answer this question. But overall, there have been no studies that have identified specific traits in the African genome, with the exception of a few pieces of evidence that show a number of differences in body composition, such as a slender, veined figure. Calves have great resilience that helps them increase performance and running speed.