The confinement hasn’t ended regardless that he’s again dwelling from one however celebrated Indian hockey goalkeeper P R Sreejesh will not be complaining as, at the very least, there aren’t any psychological demons to struggle.
The 2-time Olympian mentioned the more-than-two-month lengthy keep on the Sports activities Authority of India’s south centre in Bengaluru owing to the COVID-19 lockdown was starting to weaken his and a number of other different gamers’ thoughts and he took to studying motivational books to maintain himself going.
“It was actually robust as our life-style modified utterly. The principle factor was to strike a stability in your ideas. My father is a coronary heart affected person and I’ve two children — daughter who’s 6 and a son who’s 3. So, I used to be extra apprehensive about their well being for the reason that two are in excessive threat age teams,” Sreejesh advised PTI from his dwelling in Kochi, the place he landed final week.
The 32-year-old admitted that it was robust to maintain away damaging ideas in the course of the time however he stayed afloat mentally by studying American Olympian tri-athlete Joanna Zeiger’s “The Champions Mindset – An Athlete”s Information to Psychological Toughness”.
“On one facet I used to be feeling homesick and on the opposite I did not need to put them in danger by going dwelling as a result of there have been possibilities of contracting the virus whereas travelling,” he recalled.
“So I bought concerned in studying for peace. I learn quite a bit in the course of the lockdown, from fiction, non-fiction to motivational books. This helped me to assume in a different way. The Champions Mindset is a e-book that I learn once more.”
Zeiger was the 2008 Ironman 70.Three world champion and represented the USA on the 2000 Summer season Olympics in triathlon. The e-book talks about psychological toughness and comebacks of athletes in skilled sports activities.
The Indian males”s and girls”s hockey groups have been caught on the SAI South Centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the federal government introduced the nationwide lockdown to regulate the COVID-19 pandemic.
However on final Friday, the “homesick” gamers have been allowed to depart the ability after being granted a month”s break.
Although he’s again at dwelling, Sreejesh nonetheless has a while earlier than he can play together with his children or roam round freely as he’s presently serving a 14-day dwelling quarantine as per the rules of Kerala authorities.
“I’m actually completely happy to be again dwelling however I’m nonetheless confined in a room within the first ground of my home. My members of the family are all staying downstairs and I’m below dwelling quarantine upstairs,” mentioned the 32-year-old.
“Although I can see my kids however I can”t contact them and it”s actually irritating.”
India”s primary goalkeeper mentioned regardless of being at a protected place in Bengaluru, the gamers wanted a month”s break as they have been feeling mentally fragile after being away from dwelling for such a very long time.
“We have been in the very best and most secure place. Although we have been below lockdown however nonetheless we might roam round contained in the campus in small teams. However we by no means had such a prolonged camp and it began to have an effect on the gamers. Everybody began to overlook their households,” Sreejesh mentioned.
“At one level we have been unable to take that. It was the identical routine from morning until evening and we began to really feel mentally weaker. The break will do a world of fine to the gamers. We are going to return recent each mentally and bodily. Our minds will likely be free and desirous to work more durable.”
With uncertainty hanging over resumption of hockey, he mentioned the crew is lacking aggressive motion.
Sreejesh, who will likely be that includes in his third Olympics at Tokyo, is determined to complete his profession with an Olympic medal.
“Tokyo may be my final Olympics however I at all times favor to maintain small targets. Clearly a medal on the Olympics is the last word aim,” mentioned Sreejesh, who performed within the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Video games.
“It’s at all times higher to play one Olympics and return with a medal than play in three and return empty-handed,” the previous skipper signed off.