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Lockdown: Sakshi switches to ‘desi pehelwani’ to continue training


NEW DELHI: It’s 5 am, Sakshi Malik gets up, freshens up, and is going to the backyard of her house in Mokhra village in Rohtak. She opens a small gate of an old and unused Akhara. She has been levelling the akhara soil with a picket log tied to a protracted rope for plenty of days. A made up our minds Sakshi did all of it by myself with the help of her coaches over the telephone.

She can’t pass out and doesn’t have a sparring partner because of the lockdown enforced to battle the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But the Rio Olympics medallist has ensured she is not going to go away a unmarried stone unturned to remain focused and because she does not have get entry to to fashionable coaching equipment, has determined to go the ‘desi pehelwani’ means.

'Abhi bilkul mai desi pehelwani kar rahi hun (These days I'm doing desi taste wrestling). There is an Akhara in the backyard of my house. I by no means used or opened it. These days, I go and open it and observe there. I do early morning and night time observe. The process is quite time consuming and requires a large number of exhausting paintings, however I'm in reality playing it. It is very entertaining as well (laughs),” Sakshi instructed Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview from Rohtak.

“You must have seen the wrestlers in rural spaces, they would plough the world sooner than entering into it. I do the same at the moment. Apart from this, working, yoga and stretching are also on my roster of things to do ,” the Rio Olympics bronze medallist stated.

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After completing her morning observe, Sakshi makes a video name to her medical doctors and physio to make a decision the workout time table. She is aware of she is bodily fit, however she desires to be mentally fit as well.



“My physio and physician are also in touch with me. We are in touch by the use of video calls. They tell me what workouts I have to do. They tell me that active festival will take time so what I will have to do to stay myself fit and focused,” she stated.

“I train in the desi akhara only. No one was once the use of it for long. I needed to make it suitable for my observe. I ploughed it and made it highest for my very own observe. Mental fitness- that is a very powerful thing I'm focussing at. I'm bodily robust because of the common workouts and training. Being mentally fit is very important for me at the moment because I will't pass out and hit the mat. Whenever the lockdown is over, I want to be able to hit the mat any level of time. I'm also grateful to ASICS for motivating me. I will train by myself and stay myself fit. I do not have a sparring partner who I will observe with. It's not that i am ready to do certain workouts and methods (wrestling), other than that I'm able to duvet all the facets of my daily routine,” Sakshi stated.




Sakshi also requested her fanatics and fellow Indian citizens to stay home and keep secure in opposition to the COVID-19 which has claimed many lives across the globe.




“As our Prime Minister Narendra Modi sir has stated 'keep at home and handle social distancing', I would request every Indian to thrill, please keep at home, maintain your oldsters and don't pass outside. There are a large number of actions you'll be able to do at home. You can exercise at home. Stay secure and keep robust - that is the message I want to convey to every Indian,” Sakshi signed off.


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