Boxer Nikhat Zareen, who was making the headlines within the early a part of 2020, has grown previous the frustration of not making it to the Tokyo Olympics and is now focussed on placing out a “phenomenal” efficiency within the Commonwealth Video games and the Asian Video games slated to be held in 2022.
Nikhat and Mary Kom had been at loggerheads ever because the World Championships after the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had hinted that there could be no trials between the 2 boxers for going to the Olympic Qualifiers and that the six-time World Champion would go for the Olympic Qualifiers, initially scheduled to be held in Wuhan, China and ultimately came about in Amman, Jordan in March.
Nonetheless, the duo participated within the trials within the nationwide capital in December final 12 months the place Mary Kom defeated Nikhat 9-1.
“It’s each athlete’s dream to symbolize his/her nation within the Olympics. Thus, when I didn’t qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, I used to be shocked,” Nikhat advised IANS in an unique interplay.
“However I took it in my stride, with a core perception that every thing occurs for a purpose and as a substitute of dwelling upon it, we must always settle for, be taught and transfer ahead. I made a decision to look forward, concentrate on the longer term tournaments and prep myself for them.”
Nonetheless, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Video games bought postponed by a 12 months and can now be held in the summertime of 2021.
In the course of the lockdown interval, the boxer – unable to hold out coaching periods – labored on her health at her dwelling and made certain she was in a constructive state of mind.
“Often, my routine is full of excessive depth coaching periods and every day visits to the boxing corridor for apply. Nonetheless, when the lockdown started, I used to be discovering it troublesome to maintain up with my regime since I had no tools at dwelling, and this was affecting my bodily and psychological well being,” mentioned Nikhat.
“With a view to adapt to the state of affairs and discover methods of coaching with restricted sources, I purchased some tools and began coaching at dwelling. This ensured I remained according to my health and improved my sport, making myself able to hit the boxing ring once more after normalcy returns.
“As soon as every thing will get again to regular, I’m assured of reaching my peak health degree inside a few months,” she added.
The 24-year-old insisted that as no tournaments are lined up this 12 months, now she is working in direction of channeling all her efforts to enhance her health and agility for the occasions which shall be held in 2021.
“For now, I’ve my objective set for the CWG and Asian Video games being held within the 12 months 2022. I’m already making ready myself to ship an exceptional efficiency in these tournaments,” mentioned Nikhat.
“At present with no tournaments lined up for the 12 months, I’m channeling all my efforts in direction of enhancing my health and agility for all of the tournaments that shall be held within the 12 months 2021.
“These tournaments will pave the best way and hone my abilities to higher carry out on the CWG and Asian Video games, submit which I shall be dedicating my total concentrate on the Olympics,” she added.
The boxer additionally talked about her affiliation with Welspun and mentioned: “Welspun has proved to be a colossal assist to me on this journey. I’m very grateful to them for his or her steady assist and steerage that has been very essential in serving to me to realize my dream of bringing laurels to the nation.”
“With Welspun taking good care of varied points of my sport, I’m able to focus absolutely on my coaching and guaranteeing I give my hundred per cent in each match, irrespective of the size,” she signed off.
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