The 24-year old boxer won the Olympic quota in the recently concluded Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to halt, but it hasn’t affected ace Indian boxer Amit Panghal’s will to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Currently in Haryana due to the lockdown, he follows his daily routine to prepare for the upcoming challenges.
He gets up early in the morning, sanitizes his gloves, follows the instructed diet chart and starts his day in full throttle. He doesn’t have sparring partners now, as he trains inside his house in Rohtak.
After securing his place at the extravaganza at the recently concluded Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers in Jordan, Amit Panghal is high on confidence.
“Coronavirus hasn’t affected my courage and determination. I can’t go out, but I am practicing in my house. My family does not bother me when I practice. I don’t get a chance to interact with my fellow boxers now (in person) and I utilize the time to follow my training regime,” said Amit Panghal to the Times of India.
He added, “After every hour, I ensure I wash my hands properly and then sanitize them too. This is the topmost thing in my everyday tasks. I have installed a sanitizer dispenser in my house and my training hall as well. I just want to be prepared for every challenge.”
Amit Panghal won a silver medal at the World Championships 2019 and is a big medal prospect for India at the Tokyo Olympics, which have now been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has been instructed by the boxing federation to not train outside and take proper measures against the fast-spreading COVID-19.
He explained, “I have been asked to take proper rest and be at home due to coronavirus, but I need to be fit as well. When you go out for training, you are automatically involved in physical activities but when you are home and that too for an indefinite period, you need to give yourself more and more time in the ring and gym.”
The Indian pugilist added, “I have got a ring made in my house’s hall and I train there. I go to my house’s roof and exercise there. Apart from this, I am focusing more on yoga. This gives me mental strength and helps me focus on my goals.”
Panghal stated that he is not under pressure and will live up to the expectations to give his 100% at the Olympics.
He said, “I know there are lots of expectations from me and I am confident that I will live up to those expectations. I will give my 100% at the Olympics. You feel good when you do something big for your country.”
“My country has given me a lot and I also want to give my country something in return. I am sure of winning a medal at the Olympics. People always remember an Olympic medallist and I want to be on that list,“ signed off Panghal.