A Masters degree in Sports Psychology seems to have come in handy of Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil, who has been restricted to her house in Chandigarh during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Indian government imposing a nationwide lockdown since March 24 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the 26-year-old has been limited to the confines of her house with little to no interaction with the outside world.
But Anjum Moudgil isn’t complaining.
“It (sports psychology) has helped me to deal with the demands of shooting and also enabled me to understand myself better. During tough times, it helps you to maintain your calm and composure and view things from a broader perspective,” the shooter told Times of India in a recent interview.
Anjum Moudgil helping raise funds
With enough time at her hand, Anjum Moudgil has fallen back on her much-cherished hobby of painting during the lockdown. The Indian shooter is also keen on using her paintings to raise funds to help those dealing with the repercussions of the pandemic.
“I am spending a lot of time painting and have always enjoyed doing so. I am selling my hand-painted diaries to raise money for an NGO which is supporting villages (affected by COVID-19) in Punjab. I hope to raise more money in the coming days through my paintings,” she said.
On the shooting front, Anjum Moudgil has set up a makeshift target at her home where she trains twice a week.
Moreover, with the Indian shooter following the National Rifle Association of India-issued programme, Anjum Moudgil is confident to hit the ground running once normalcy is restored.
“The NRAI shared a proper plan with us in April, which included detailed planning of day-offs and training during the month of May, June and July. We are following that plan,” she said.
And with the government easing the restriction on the Olympic hopefuls in the past few days, Moudgil was looking forward to getting back to the range at the earliest.
“I think it's a really good decision by the government. This will make sure that the athletes are prepared well for future competitions and also the Tokyo Olympics (in 2021),” she hoped.