No partner, no problem: Vikas Krishan trains family to be his opponents

The boxer has taught his family members to play chess to keep his competitive juices flowing and has also got them to help him train.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

The lockdown has been a difficult period for most athletes, but it has especially hit hard for Indian boxer Vikas Krishan.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist gets his adrenaline rush from sparring with opponents, be it training or in the ring, and the COVID-19 pandemic has left him alone and unable to follow a routine he has had for more than a decade.

So, the Indian boxer decided to do the next best thing under the circumstances - get his family involved to satiate his need for competition. “I love playing chess, so I taught my parents during lockdown; I thought why not make some opponents at home,” Vikas Krishan told the Hindustan Times.

The Indian boxer, who earned his place at the Tokyo Olympics in March for his third appearance at the Games, has also been making the most of his time with his three kids, teaching them ludo and swimming with them in his farmhouse in Bhiwani.

However, his father has been handed the task of helping him in the most serious time of the day - his boxing training. “I have a skipping rope, focus and punching pads, dumbbells. My father is helping me out. I have taught him how to hold the punching pads, he helps me practice,” said Vikas Krishan.

The Indian boxer had turned to pro boxing in 2018 but made a return to the amateur fold in hopes of an Olympic medal.

How to train at home ft. Kavinder, Sonia

Indian boxers Sonia Lather and Kavinder Bisht have also been pretty creative with their training methods at home as they have been using household items instead of regular equipment.

“I use bamboo sticks and bricks and have sort of set up a mini gym at home,” Sonia Lather told the Indo-Asian News Service agency. “I used poles with iron sticks for chin-ups; plates and bamboo sticks help me in weight training.”

While Kavinder Bisht has been climbing stairs and skipping to be fit, his weight training has been different. “I am using rods which are found lying around to do weight training. There are heavy items too at home which help,” he stated.