The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, from this July to subsequent 12 months, should have been shattering for a lot of. However triple jumper Arpinder Singh considers it a blessing.
“Yes, this postponement is a kind of blessing for me. I felt I wasn’t ready for the Federation Cup in April,” mentioned the Asian Video games champion in a phone chat with The Hindu from Amritsar on Thursday.
“I felt I would be ready only by the time of the inter-State meet (June-end, in Bengaluru). So, this one year’s delay in the Olympics will help me a lot.”
Aprinder, the primary Indian to win a Continental Cup medal (bronze, within the Czech Republic in 2018), has a private better of 17.17m which got here within the Lucknow inter-State Nationals in June 2014. But it surely had been a giant battle for him to cross 17m after that. His subsequent 17m got here 4 years later within the 2018 Guwahati inter-State Nationals a number of months earlier than the Jakarta Asian Video games the place he received the gold with 16.77m.
The Tokyo Olympics entry customary is 17.14m and since he had deliberate his season late, it could have been very powerful for Arpinder to make the reduce, had the Olympics been held this 12 months.
“Now, I’ve got a lot of extra time to try out the changes I had made in my technique,” mentioned Arpinder, a bronze medallist within the 2014 Commonwealth Video games.
Arpinder didn’t assume a serious occasion just like the Olympics could be postponed.
“I used to be a bit stunned. Individuals instructed me that it was not potential to have it subsequent 12 months due to the four-year cycle. We’ve by no means had a scenario like this earlier than.
“This expertise is slightly new to me. However I’m completely satisfied as a result of I do know my type will likely be good by the point of the inter-State,” mentioned the 26-year-old.
“Of course, I’m not happy with the situation around me. Everybody is suffering, there’s a big problem everywhere (with the coronavirus crisis).”
Arpinder, who had been coaching beneath P.B. Jaikumar in Thiruvananthapuram for the previous couple of months, took a flight house to Amritsar on March 20.
“I was a bit lucky, I flew out just before the lock down came into effect. Now, I’m home after nearly four months, trying out home food and trying to stay healthy.”