Silence of the stands: Dutee Chand speaks her mind as she starts training after 2 months

New Delhi: The lone athlete to begin outside coaching after rest in lockdown pointers, sprinter Dutee Chand solely has the “eerie silence” of the stands for firm as she tries “to wake” her physique up on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

The 24-year-old Dutee started outside coaching on Monday after the Odisha authorities gave permission as per relaxed pointers for COVID-19 lockdown’s fourth section, stepping out for the primary time on an artificial monitor in two months.

She was in Patiala to participate within the season-opening Indian Grand Prix on March 20 however the occasion bought cancelled because of the pandemic and since then Dutee has been confined to her room on the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Expertise, although she was allowed to make use of the gymnasium there.

“After two months, I am training outdoors and it is a very nice feeling to experience the air while running on the track. For a track athlete, there is no better feeling than this. At the same time I am also experiencing an unusual feeling,” Dutee informed PTI.

“Normally, there are a lot of trainees at the hostels inside the Kalinga Stadium complex but all of them have left for home due to this pandemic. So, I am the only one training at such a big stadium. It is unusual, to experience this eerie silence,” mentioned the Asian Video games silver-medallist in 100m and 200m.

One other high athlete from the state, sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick additionally trains on the stadium however solely after Dutee ends her every day stint. This has been accomplished to keep away from simultaneous coaching of two athletes.

“I start training at 6 am and wind up at 8am. He comes just before 8 am. So, we hardly train together. In the evening, I do another one-hour training from 7 pm,” mentioned the 100m nationwide report holder.

The reigning World College Video games champion mentioned as of now she is loosening up the muscle mass which had been tightened by the confinement of the 2 months. She mentioned it should take a while to begin full working on the 100m monitor.

“The muscles are tight now, so I am just loosening them up. I have to wake up my muscles. It will take at least two months to be in full speed,” she mentioned.

“My coach (N Ramesh) is on video name throughout my coaching and he tells me what to do and I comply with his directions.

“The harder coaching drills like 1km repeat run will take a while and I can not do it quickly. If I do this I’ll get injured. I’ve no coach and no physio with me, so I’ve to watch out.”

Her coach Ramesh is at present at his house in Hyderabad and he can’t be with Dutee because of the lockdown. She was earlier given a physiotherapist by the Odisha authorities however he has additionally returned to his house in Mizoram.

Her goal is to keep up a sure diploma of health and kind this season and plan some overseas coaching and competitors stints subsequent yr to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

“I’ve began coaching however there may be uncertainty throughout. I’ll participate within the nationwide occasions deliberate by the AFI in September-October. These occasions are additionally tentative.

“The Olympic qualification interval is suspended until the top of this season and there’s no level going all out. I need to qualify for the Olympics as quickly as attainable subsequent yr. After that, I need to do my greatest within the Video games in Tokyo.”

Dutee holds the nationwide report of 11:22 seconds in 100m whereas the Tokyo Olympics qualification time is 11:15 seconds.


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