With an aim to continue his training regime in times of self-isolation, ace Indian boxer Amit Panghal has turned his house into a well-sanitized training ground.
The lockdown imposed by all the national governments owing to the escalation of the coronavirus cases has hit the athletes hard, as they are unable to access training facilities now.
However, this hasn’t stopped India’s flyweight pugilist Amit Panghal, who recently sealed his Olympic berth by reaching the semi-final of the Asian boxing Olympic Qualifiers earlier this month.
The 24-year-old revealed that he has equipped his house with training equipment for daily use, thereby not lagging on his training that had progressed largely in accordance with the originally-scheduled Olympics.
“Coronavirus hasn’t affected my courage and determination. I can’t go out but I am practising much and much more in my house,” Amit Panghal told The Times of India.
“I have installed sanitiser dispensers in my house and my training hall as well. I just want to be prepared for every challenge,” he added.
Having won a gold medal in his very first appearance at the 2017 National Boxing Championships, there has been no stopping Amit Panghal since.
The same year saw him winning the bronze medal at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships and qualifying for World Boxing Championships as well.
From there, Amit Panghal won gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and the 2019 Asian Championships held in Bangkok amongst other achievements.
The pugilist from Haryana remains one of India’s biggest hopes in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and he is leaving no stones unturned to stay in shape even in restricted conditions.
“When you go out for training, you are automatically involved in physical activities but when you are home and that too for an indefinite period, you need to give yourself more and more time in the ring and gym.
“I have got a ring made in my house’s hall and I train there. I go to my house’s roof and exercise there. Apart from this, I am focusing more on yoga. This gives me mental strength and helps me focus on my goals,” Amit Panghal pointed out.